New Holiday Lunch Options at Scarritt-Bennett, Morton's and 360 Bistro

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After last week's spate of restaurant closings, it's nice to be able to report about some restaurants that are actually expanding their services. Last winter, I let you in on the secret of the great lunch deals at Scarritt-Bennett. Well, they're throwing open the doors this week and ringing the dinner bell to invite all their neighbors to join them for a series of holiday luncheon buffets in the grand Susie Gray Dining Hall. Just $19.99 gets you a crack at Chef Jen "Angel Whip" Threadgill's scrumptious menu.

The buffet will be served every day this week from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by a free holiday concert at 1 p.m. next door in the historic Wightman Chapel, featuring local vocalists and musicians. If you've been missing out on the holiday spirit and are worried you'll miss out on the chance to feast on some roast beast, drop on by Scarritt-Bennett at 1008 19th Ave. S. Call 340-7500 for reservations or email reservations@scarrittbennett.org.

Check out the menu after the jump:

Mandarin Orange Soufflé on Bibb Lettuce
Cranberry Relish
Sliced Beef Tenderloin Au Jus
Stuffed Turkey Breast w/Sourdough Hazelnut Stuffing
Candied Yams
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Pecan Crusted Fried Squash
Assorted Breads & Rolls w/Whipped Butter
Holiday Desserts
Fruit Tea & Coffee

Friday's menu is completely different and features a Cajun theme. If you remember Angel Whip's work at South Street, you know she knows her way around some Maque Choux.

Also open for special lunches during the holiday is Morton's Steak House downtown on Church Street. They are offering an a la carte lunch menu featuring entrée salads, sandwiches, seafood and, of course, steak. Morton’s will also feature their Prime Lunch Selections, a special prix fixe menu for $35 per guest.

Morton’s will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30.p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Thursday, Dec. 16
Friday, Dec. 17
Monday, Dec. 20
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Wednesday, Dec. 22

They are also providing complimentary valet parking, so pick up that good customer you've been meaning to reward and flip the keys to the sleigh to the nice man at the valet stand.

Morton's is also holding a raffle which they wanted you to hear about. Invite me if you win!

Morton’s guests can also enter for the chance to win a complimentary, post-holiday cocktail reception for 10 people. The Post-Holiday Cocktail Reception Contest starts Dec. 1 and ends Dec. 31. Guests can register at the restaurant or directly at www.mortons.com/cheers. One winner from each location will be randomly selected and notified the week of January 10, 2011.

For more information about Morton’s holiday hours or to make reservations, contact Karleen Koerkel at 259-4558 or cm.mna@mortons.com.

Our friends at 360 Bistro called to let us know that they are now open for lunch. Not only do they consistently have one of the best wine lists in town, but owners Ashley and Nick Jacobson have put quite a creative kitchen staff together led by Chef Sal Avila.

The lunch menu looks really inventive, but I just keep going back to one entree that combines two of my favorite things, brisket ragu and my friend Tommy Noodles' homemade pasta. Lazzaroli Rigatoni, you will be mine and soon!

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