When my dining companion and I visited Mr. Filet Steakhouse recently, we had no idea we were there close to an historic date in the popular restaurant’s history.
Mr. Filet, tucked under a parking ramp on Seventh Street, caught fire on Jan. 12, 2010, and was closed for approximately three months. It would have been a sad day in Des Moines if Mr. Filet had not risen like a phoenix from the ashes.
Neither of us had ever been to the little steakhouse, but I had heard three things about it — the food is inexpensive, it’s good and service is quick. All three proved true. It was fast food from an era before the term “fast food” was invented, when it didn’t mean styrofoam cartons and assembly-line burgers.
A glance at the menu confirmed dining here is inexpensive. Only two items cost more than $10. I ordered an eight-ounce filet for $8.80, and my companion had the special of the day — grilled chicken for $7.50. Both were served with salad, a baked potato and Texas toast. We got our trays and silverware, chose our salads from a cooler and found a seat.
While we waited, it became obvious that Mr. Filet has a loyal following. Everyone who came in was greeted by name, and most ordered “the usual” for lunch. Let’s add “friendly” to that list of three things.
The food was certainly good. My filet was tender and didn’t need the steak sauce I requested. My companion’s chicken breast was seasoned with herbs and was juicy. The baked potatoes and Texas toast were perfect. My dining companion left imagining how good the breakfasts must be.
And it was fast. Only 33 minutes had lapsed on our parking meter. We think we’ve found a new “go-to” lunch destination.
Mr. Filet Steakhouse
510 Sevent St.
Mon. – Fri. 5 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Breakfast served 5 -10:30 am.