RCSH ToastLots of news in the area of beef in Dallas this week. First is the official opening last night of the newest Ruth’s Chris Steak House (the 147th) in Dallas’ Uptown area. Its address is Cedar Springs, but it’s a far cry from the old Ruth’s Chris on Cedar Springs just outside the Cathedral of Hope, which closed a number of years ago. Rather than a ribbon-cutting, RCSH opened with a “steak cutting,” and a thick-cut filet certainly is a good way to inaugurate a beef factory. (The resto also made a donation to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of $9,000, raised during the soft opening last weekend. I even met BB/BS Lone Star’s new CEO, Pierce Bush, the grandson of Bush 41. Nice guy. Kinda short. … We didn’t talk politics.)

Sundays through Fridays from 4:30–6:30 p.m. is happy hour, with $8 food options, including full-sized sandwiches and other items (some normally as much as $20) selling for just eight bucks. The decor is nice, the bar spacious, the servers friends. I’ll check it out for a review as soon as I can. (Until then, check out some photos from the opening below.)

If you want to have a beautiful evening at a more established steakhouse, SER Steak + Spirits at the top of the Anatole has quite an offer for you. On Wednesday (Nov. 11), the restaurant is hosting an exclusive wine dinner … well, really a champagne dinner.

Clovis Taittinger, the eldest child of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger who heads the legendary estate (based in Riems, France) will present bubbly pairings from his brand at the four-course dinner (plus dessert). Among the items served will be the latest cuvee, a 2006 Comtes de Champagne blanc de blanc. It’s very limited seating, so they haven’t even revealed the price, but if you want to check out the rare experience, call 214-761-7479. The dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

You probably will spend a lot less on Wednesday if you attend a beer dinner at Kent Rathbun‘s newest restaurant, Hickory. Franconia Brewery will serve local craft beers matched to the four-course dinner, for $55. For reservations, call 972-712-7077.

Knife Fight 1Former Rathbun chef Tre Wilcox will compete tonight on the Esquire Network’s new series Knife Fight, airing at 9:30 p.m. Wilcox will face off against Spanish chef Luis Bollo of NYC’s Salinas (the judge is former Top Chef winner Ilan Hall) … On Monday, Nov. 16, NorthPark Center‘s latest eatery, chef Tim ByresThe Theodore, opens. … This Saturday is the Indian holiday of Diwali (Festival of Lights), but India Palace on Preston and LBJ will celebrate on Wednesday with a special dinner, offered from 5:30–10 p.m. … closer to the gayborhood, Scott Gottlich‘s new Kansas City-style barbecue joint, 18h and Vine (located locally on Maple Avenue), is open for lunch and dinner.