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Ben & Jack's Filet Mignon

Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day Today!

Today is National Filet Mignon Day! According to Executive Chef Admir Alibasic from Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, filet mignon is a very delicate prime cut of beef. It originates from the tenderloin of a cow and is best cooked by grilling or broiling. Since the filet mignon is low in marbling (intramuscular fat), grilling the cut can be perfectly done with a couple simple rules from Chef Admir:

– Charcoal grills are best for cooking filet mignon because of the high amount of heat that will give it a perfect char and a quick sear that will seal in the juices.

– Wrapping the filet in bacon will give it more flavor because once the drippings from the bacon hit the coals, it will coat the food in an aromatic composite.

– Rotating the filet 90 degrees every minute on each side will give the filet those beautiful grill marks. Don’t just flip once! Flipping multiple times will actually accelerate the cooking time and reduces overcooking on the surface.

– I prefer my filet medium rare – medium (135°F-145°F). Since it is such a delicate cut, cooking to well-done will defeat the purpose of enjoying the filet’s tenderness and flavor.

– Once off the grill, allow the filet to rest before cutting into it. Resting allows for the juices to reincorporate back into the meat so when you cut into it, the juices won’t just flow out.

– It can be served on its own or topped with a sauce. A sauce made with a beef base or red wine pairs perfectly with the filet mignon.

If you would rather leave the cooking to the experts, head on over to Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for National Filet Mignon Day. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is a charming 5,000 square foot modern restaurant that offers exceptional prime dry-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, mouth-watering side dishes, decadent desserts and an impressive wine list.

Shula's dining room - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Don Shula’s Steakhouse Brings Perfection To The Table

Shula's steakYou don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the ambiance — or enjoy the cuisine — at Don Shula’s American Steak House at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Just make sure you bring along an NFL-sized appetite.

Shula’s is themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins team that capped the only “Perfect Season” in pro football history, finishing 17-0 with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. Photos from that season grace the walls of the Chandler restaurant. Even the menus are hand painted on official NFL game balls and signed by Shula himself

On a fall evening that could only be described as perfect football weather, the real winners were my dining companions and me. We were seated at the “coach’s table,” reserved for Shula whenever he’s in town. The dining room is spacious and quiet, and you almost forget that just outside its doors is a 100,000-square-foot casino.

For starters, we went with the flash fried lobster, French onion soup, and barbecued shrimp — considered Shula’s signature appetizer. The flash fried lobster tail was delicious and perfectly prepared. The barbecue shrimp, four large prawns wrapped in bacon with a tangy BBQ sauce, did not disappoint. The soup was equally tasty, with just the right combination of Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and French bread.

Having enjoyed the appetizers, it was now time to tackle the main course. Our selections included the 22-ounce cowboy steak, the Steak Mary Anne, and the surf-and-turf, which included a lobster tail and filet mignon. The entrees come a la carte, so from the sides menu we ordered grilled asparagus, steamed broccoli with Hollandaise sauce, crab mac & cheese and a double-baked potato.

Our steaks were prepared by Chef Colin Ribble just as we asked. The cowboy steak was a pinkish medium rare; the Steak Mary Anne and filet mignon were medium well. Shula's dessertThe lobster tail was sweet and juicy, enough for two people.

We capped the evening with key lime pie, apple cobbler and the chocolate seven-layer cake — all satisfying to our sweet tooths and taste buds.

Shula’s is ideal for dinner before or after a visit to the casino at Wild Horse Pass. It’s also a great location to close a deal with business associates.