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    Spotlight on Steak: All About Filet Mignon

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    Filet mignon is one of the most prized cuts of steak for a good reason. Its buttery texture and tenderness are unparalleled and every bite melts in your mouth. For those who prefer a steak with low fat content, filet mignon is the perfect choice. Here is everything you need to know about this steakhouse favorite:

    What Is Filet Mignon?
    Filet mignon is cut from the tenderloin part of the cow. The tenderloin runs on either side of the spine. Traditionally, filet mignon was cut from the very top portion of the tenderloin, but many steakhouses now take a cut from the center because it has a nicer shape and the same high quality. The tenderloin never carries any weight on the cow’s body, so it never stretches. This translates into an extremely tender cut of meat. Filet mignon has significantly less fat than other steaks, which makes it the perfect vehicle for sauces, bacon wraps, and toppings.

    What Is the Best Way to Eat Filet Mignon?
    There’s no wrong way to enjoy a filet mignon steak. It can be pan-seared and simply seasoned for a classic meal. Peppercorn sauces pair well with the mild taste of the meat. It is also perfect with a blue cheese crust. Because filet mignon lacks the strong flavors of marbled steaks, it can be matched with a range of bold tastes. Filet mignon is also the ideal cut for carpaccio.

    What Wine Goes Best with Filet Mignon?
    Like most steaks, red wines are the best mates for filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Bordeaux blends all go well with this cut. Ask your steakhouse server to recommend the perfect glass for your meal.

    For the best filet mignon in the Santa Clara area, head to Birk’s Restaurant. Our menu has something for everyone, from unbeatable steaks to seafood and chops. Make a reservation at our steakhouse tonight by calling (408) 980-6400. We’re open for lunch Monday – Friday and dinner seven nights per week. 

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