One of the crown jewels of a Dallas Steakhouse menu is the coveted Filet Mignon. this prime cut of beef stems from the tenderloin of the cow or steer. It is known for its luxurious taste and for being one of the juiciest pieces of beef that can be found at a restaurant. While you may know that you already love Filet Mignon, here are five facts about the cut that will leave you both full of new knowledge and be craving some Filet.
1. The Meaning of Filet Mignon
The name Filet Mignon comes from French origins. It is spelled the French way and would be spelled ‘fillet’ if used in the states. Mignon French word that has three meanings, “cute,” “dainty,” and “tender.” Therefore, if you were to literally translate the name of this cut of beef, it would be the “cute fillet.” Personally, we think the French name fits the regality of this beef more than the American translation.
2. Filet Mignon Has a National ‘Day’
It seems like every day there is a new national holiday that people are celebrating. From Pirate Day to Best Friend Day, there is always something to theme one’s day around. Did you know that there is a National Filet Mignon Day? If not, never fear, because it has not passed yet. August 13 is National Filet Mignon Day, so make sure to mark your calendar and plan a trip to your nearest Dallas steakhouse to celebrate this day the only way possible.
3. The Cut Has a Literary Background
Although the name is French, the term Filet Mignon was originally used by the American writer O. Henry. In his 1906 book, “The Four Million,” the name of the steak was used several times and represented the symbol of a luxury dish and romance. This explains why this beef selection is so popular on a menu during the month of February,
4. Sides From All Seasons Go Well With Filet Mignon
Some foods may be ‘in season,’ but Filet Mignon is not one of them. Regardless of the time of year, you can usually find this selection on your local steakhouse menu. Your local restaurant will know the perfect side or starter to serve with your cut of meat. Knowing the time of year and what is appropriate to serve as a side is important. You wouldn’t want a hot casserole disturbing your taste palate during this particular meal in the summer.
5. Grilling Filet Mignon is Simple
Filet Mignon is really the easiest piece of meat to grill. Most Texans result to the low and low with their meat, but that is not how to approach cooking a filet mignon. This is a meat that is generally served seared on the outside with the natural juices sealed in, creating that juicy effect when the meat is finally cut into at the dinner table.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse Does Filet Mignon Right!
Finding a great Filet Mignon isn’t hard, but finding the perfect one is a challenge. At Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse we pride ourselves in the perfection of our dishes. Contact us today to make a reservation and find out what true Texas cooking tastes like.
Texas native Tony Street brings his Lone Star upbringing to downtown Dallas with Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse. Tony honed his skills in the heart of cattle country before opening his acclaimed steakhouse in 1996. Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse earned “Best Steakhouse in DFW” from the Dallas Morning News year after year, as well as national recognition from Food Network as one of the best steakhouses in America. Tony handpicks premium, locally-sourced Texas beef from the Y.O. Ranch and infuses southern cuisine influences into the menu, creating an authentic dining experience found nowhere else in downtown Dallas.