100 Favorite Dishes: No. 36 -- Bone-in Filet Mignon From Morton's

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 36: Bone-in Filet Mignon from Morton's

In the community of carnivores, the filet mignon ("dainty filet," in French) has about as much respect as tofu. In fact, it pretty much is the tofu of the carnivorous kingdom--tender and tasteless, best served with some kind of sauce to disguise its lack of character. But being that the tenderloin from which the filet mignon is cut is merely the other half of what's called a porterhouse steak, if you buzz right down the middle of the bone you'll get a bone-in strip (aka, New York strip) and--ta dah!--a bone-in filet mignon. That bone makes all the difference, imparting rich, beefy flavor to the otherwise bland meat and helping keep it moist and juicy, which is exactly what it does with Morton's $57(!) behemoth. True, you could buy a buttload of tofu for 57 smackers but then, after all, you'd still be eating tofu.

Morton's
5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton

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No. 41: Tamari Scallop from SAIA
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No. 43: Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato Cafe
No. 44: Tuna Tartar from Canyon Southwestern Cafe
No. 45: Banana Praline French Toast from the Hurricane Cafe
No. 46: Paneer Makhani from The Palace 
No. 47: Bruschetta Pizza from Pizza Fusion
No. 48: Falafel Sandwich from Falafel Bistro
No. 49: Philly Cheese Steak from Philly Steak Sub Shop
No. 50: Bizcoche de Maiz from Maracas
No. 51: Rotisserie Chicken from Publix
No. 52: Encebollado de Pescado from Cafe Paraiso
No. 53: Fish Tacos from Kahuna Bar & Grill
No. 54: Lobster Corn Dogs from Rok:Brgr
No. 55: Gazpacho from John G's on the Beach
No. 56: Black & Blue Oysters from Shuck-N-Dive
No. 57: Latin Macho Burger from Latin Burger
No. 58: Dover Sole from French Corner Bistro & Rotisserie
No. 59: Cider Doughnuts from Chef John Carlino
No. 60: Breakfast in a Pot from Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry Shop
No. 61: Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food
No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
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No. 64: Truffled Chips from YOLO
No. 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe

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No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
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No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
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No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
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Morton's, the Steakhouse

5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Max
Max

I have to agree. It's obvious he didn't have the dish, and he certainly doesn't make the case for it being on your list. Someone who tries to make the case that a prime bone-in filet is no better than a Tofu steak really should be doing something else.

Dennis
Dennis

Does Bill Citara pay you a fee to write for New Times? He sets a new bar for low end blogging. Not only is he rude, but he doesn't have one once of credibility on any food-related subject.

Now he's trashing your own picks for "Favorite" dishes. It's just becoming a clown act of inconsistency. What's the point of this rant? To prove he knows nothing about food? We knew that before.

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