It's National Filet Mignon Day, and you should celebrate by sinking your teeth into a juicy steak. If you are someone with taste or just a beef connoisseur, you probably know that not all filets are created equal. Some chefs know how to handle the beast, and some do not. These are five of the top picks for meat done right.
Crescent City Steakhouse is an institution in New Orleans. Should you find yourself there on Filet Mignon Day, you will leave a satisfied customer, for sure. Some say it's the best filet they've ever had. Find yourself a table there or be square. 1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com
The Steakhouse at Harrah's is an experience. Service will no doubt be exceptional, but so will the steak. The restaurant also boasts an extensive cocktail and wine selection. Stop by for their COOLinary specials right now. 228 Poydras St. (inside Harrah's Casino), (504) 533-6111, caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/restaurants/the-steakhouse
Galatoire's is known for a lot of things, and their melt-in-your-mouth filet is but one of them. You can get a 10-ounce filet mignon or a "petite" version at "just" seven ounces. Choose from their optional garnishes, including bacon and onions, hollandaise sauce, or a red wine sauce. Galatoire's is also doing COOLinary. 209 Bourbons St., (504) 525-2021, galatoires.com
Desi Vega's will be sure to knock your socks off with their deliciously savory steaks. Their menu boasts, "Desi Vega's steaks are carefully selected, hand-cut, and aged for tenderness, then seared to perfection at 1800 degrees in our Montague broiler." That sounds like a Filet Mignon Day party in itself. 628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7600, desivegasteaks.com
Chophouse New Orleans prides itself on serving only the best-quality meat and then cooking it to perfection. They have a variety of steaks, from porterhouse to ribeye, but if it's the filet mignon you're after, you can get yours in either 8-ounce or 12-ounce cuts. Still hungry? Add nine ounces of lobster tail to any steak. 322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902, chophousenola.com