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Hash Over: Morton's The Steakhouse News, Mattito's Opens Its Third Location, Lunch Buffet at Naga Thai and More

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Have you been thinking to yourself what's been going on at Morton's The Steakhouse in downtown Dallas? Well, we have all kinds of updates for you.

First, the popular steakhouse just added a few new items to its menu, including crab cake BLT, smoked salmon pizza, double cut and bone-in fillets and Chilean sea bass served with pineapple-pepper salsa. We must admit that we're a little curious about the crab cake BLT.

You might want to pull out your calendar for this next piece of information. On October 7, Morton's will be hosting an interactive wine dinner and charity auction with the Mondavi wine family for $175 per guest. The event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be broadcast by satellite at 54 Morton's locations. The dinner menu will include dishes a harvest green salad with sea bass and roasted caper vinaigrette, miniature crab cakes, New York strip steak and more. Visit www.mortons.com for more information or to make a reservation.

Also, Morton's just announced that it will open a second location in Dallas in the Uptown area in early 2011.

So, do you now have your Morton's fix? Good.

Also going on this week....

We mentioned back in mid-May that Mattito's founder Jeff Frankel would be opening up a third location near Medical City. Well, starting today the new restaurant, at 7778 Forest Lane, is open for business. The restaurant has design features similar to the two other locations plus a covered courtyard patio with a wood-burning fireplace. We recommend a Rumba Rita and Baja Chicken (which happens to be on our 100 Favorite Dish Countdown).

Are you tired of bringing in the same sack lunch everyday, don't want to take out a loan when you leave the office for lunch? Well, we hope you like Thai food because Naga Thai just introduced a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet every weekday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The lunch buffet will change daily, but a few entrees you can expect to see are pad Thai, green curry and drunken noodles.

Urban Crust will host a Taste of Chile wine tasting event tonight, August 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is $29.90 per guest and features Chilean wines paired with five dishes. You can call 972-509-1400 for more information or to make a reservation.

Run On! Dallas will host Margarita Monday tonight. From 7-9 p.m., the Dallas store will have margaritas, salsa bar, door prizes and giveaways, and 15 percent off all shopping. Man, we love it when someone combines the word "margarita" and "Monday" in the same sentence.

Any Labor Day weekend plans? Well, we have a suggestion for you, but you will have to sign up for our dining newsletter right now if you want to know what it is.

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