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Dont be fooled by imitators. "All Natural" is not the same as NEVER EVER. And if it isn't graded USDA Prime or Choice, it isn't.

WHAT IS FILET MIGNON?

Filet Mignon comes from the small end of the tenderloin which is found on the back rib cage of the animal. This area of the animal is not weight-bearing, thus the connective tissue is not toughened by exercise resulting in extremely tender meat.

Filet Mignon is the most admired steak in the world. It comes from the best cut of meat, and is available in various USDA grades.


WHAT ARE USDA RATINGS?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meticulously grades beef at the request of a meat packer. Only beef that is USDA inspected may carry the USDA shield of authenticity. The grading system determines the quality rating of beef based upon a very complicated inspection system which essentially measures the amount of marbling (fat specs) in the muscle (lean) portion and combines the maturity (age) of the beef carcass to arrive at the inspected grade quality.

The higher the ratio of marbling and the younger the beef, the higher the grade. It is the fat marbling that determines tenderness, juiciness and flavor. The age of the beef determines beef texture and also effects flavor. Younger beef produces a finer texture and a lighter red color.

Therefore USDA Prime Grade has the highest rating of a combined high ratio of marbling with the youngest maturity of beef. That's why prime is the most flavorful and most tender with the finest of texture.

USDA Prime is the superior grade with amazing tenderness, juiciness, flavor and fine texture. It has the highest degree of fat marbling and is derived from the younger beef.

USDA Choice is the second highest graded beef. It has less fat marbling than Prime. Choice is a quality steak particularly if it is a cut that is derived from the loin and rib areas of the beef such as a tenderloin filet or rib steak.

USDA Select is the grade of steak below USDA Choice. You will find it slightly leaner and a little less flavorful than Prime and Choice with less marbling.


WHY OUR STEAKS ARE THE BEST

Our hand selected cattle from the northern Midwest are on a strict 100% Vegetarian Diet, no Antibiotics or Hormones are EVER used, guaranteeing you receive the Best Filet Mignon available.

We take pride in making sure every Filet Mignon is cut to order AFTER you've placed your order. We've aged the tenderloin and do not cut it until then. Each steak is individually vacuum sealed and shipped fresh, never frozen, overnight via FedEx to your door. If your steaks are not the most tender and most flavorful steaks you have ever tasted, Best Filet Mignon will refund your entire purchase.