There are few television shows I watch religiously. Between travel, work, conference calls, and spending time with the family when I am in town, it isn’t often that I will sit in front of the TV for any amount of time. However, even since the very first season, Hell’s Kitchen has had a top spot on my DVR.
If you aren’t familiar with the show, Gordon Ramsay– a former pro soccer player turned world renowned chef – invites chefs from all over the country to compete for the job of Head Chef in one of his numerous restaurants. Though he probably exhausts the video editors with having to “bleep” out his long strings of obscenities, I absolutely adore him and have certainly added him to my “celebrities I want to have lunch with someday.”
Anyway, one of the dishes that seems to notoriously trip up every single chef at some point during the season is Beef Wellington -“a fillet of beef tenderloin assembled with liver pate, mushrooms and onions, then wrapped in packaged puff pastry.” It is the one dish that I have never tasted that is served in Hell’s Kitchen… well, until now.
Last week I was in Fort Worth, Texas and went to dinner at the fantastic Cat City Grill on West Magnolia Avenue. This amazing little restaurant is tucked away in Downtown Fort Worth but do not let it’s size fool you – it absolutely ranks in the top 10 of my all time favorite places to eat in Texas. (even though they do not carry Moscato…*ahem*) From the Fried Asparagus with Cucumber Ranch appetizer to the Peanut Butter Cristo, the Cat City Grill is a must for anyone in the Fort Worth area. But it was the Beef Wellington that stole my heart last week, and knocked every single meal I have ever had out of the top spot.
Beef Wellington with steamed broccoli and baked potato from Cat City Grill in Fort Worth, Texas
The Beef Wellington isn’t actually as “bad” nutritionally as I thought it was going to be – averaging 355 calories, 22g of fat and 11g of carbs per slice… not to say that is “good” but I expected it to be much worse…. usually anything that tastes THIS good is much higher in fat and calories. The meal was cooked to perfection – a meal Gordon Ramsay would be proud of. (I would nominate the Chef at Cat City Grill for Hell’s Kitchen if I wasn’t fearful of losing him!)
If you are ever in Fort Worth, Texas, I highly recommend taking the time to dine at the Cat City Grill. And remember what your Mama always said – “clean your plate!” At Cat City Grill, it won’t be hard to do.