Damn it, I got there 15 mins late.
from americas test kitchen filet mignon taste testing, for what it's worth.
Supermarket Filet Mignon $19.99 per pound
Tasters found this USDA Choice steak to have a clean, “beefy-chew” that was “more meaty than mushy”—tasters’ biggest complaint with lesser steaks. “Buttery” flavor won tasters over.
Lobel’s Filet Mignon $65.67 per pound, including shipping
While a few tasters thought this “good-n-beefy” steak “melts in your mouth,” most thought it was a little “too tender.”
Williams-Sonoma Dakota Organic Filets $54.26 per pound, including shipping
Anything but mushy, these “hearty” steaks have a forward beefiness and a texture you can “sink your teeth into.”
Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Filet Mignons $44.00 per pound, including shipping
These frozen steaks cross the point where “tender” meets “mushy.” Flavor is mild, but soft texture trumps any positives. Fork-tender steak? No thanks.
Allen Brothers Choice Filets $53.57 per pound, including shipping
An OK steak texture-wise; downgraded for tasting “like nothing.”
Allen Brothers Prime Filets $65.48 per pound, including shipping
One taster deemed this steak “cafeteria beef.” Most didn’t go that far, merely calling it “livery,” “mineral-y,” and “mealy.”
Dean & Deluca Prime Filet $68.29 per pound, including shipping
Tasters called these steaks “wet” (as in watery) rather than “juicy” (as in moist and beefy). Sponge-like texture didn’t win over any tasters.
Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons $30.85 per pound, including shipping
Dry ice is no friend of filet mignon. These steaks were so mushy one taster compared them to “mashed potatoes.”
Good thread since Steak and Knobber Day is just around the corner.
I can't eat frozen steaks.