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36. Filet Mignon From Canyon Southwestern Café
During my last visit to Canyon, someone at the table asked the server to name a few of his favorite dishes. "Oh, I like them all," he said. That's usually a server cop-out, a refusal to exclude a dish from the list. But at Canyon Southwestern Café, I tend to agree. So it wasn't easy to pick the best dish from Canyon, where you can't go wrong with the red chili-braised risotto, black Florida grouper, or ancho chili-rubbed pork. But
sometimes you just want a steak. And you want it with more than just a steakhouse sprig of parsley on the side. Here, the filet comes with a zinfandel sauce, cilantro-mashed potatoes, carmelized zucchini, and a poblano pesto goat cheese -- sides and toppings that might actually be the star. Well, no, the star is the steak, just lightly seasoned and charred. Tender, juicy, and now that we're talking about it, the waiter really ought to just recommend the filet.
Eric Barton is editor of
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