44’s Finest Best Filet Mignon: Pauline’s Café

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This week, we take you to Pauline’s Cafe in South Burlington, which earned 44’s Finest award for best filet mignon.

David Hoene, owner and chef, said it’s a steak so good, the recipe been passed down through generations. The beef is sautéed, then finished in the oven and plated with fresh greens and mashed potatoes.

“People tell me its the best filet they’ve ever had,” Hoene said. “I’ve had people tell me they’d only come here than anywhere else for filet.”

Pauline’s Cafe opened in the 1970s with a new take on French cooking. Pauline lived on the top floor of the restaurant with her husband.

Years later, she grew tired and sold the business to Robert Fuller, who added an addition and a dining room in the upper level. When Fuller no longer wanted to continue the business, David Hoene took over.

“I simplified the menu,” he said. “I’m just trying to keep that consistency of quality and the local aspect that people experience when they come here.”

Pauline’s is elegant yet relaxed. It prides itself on simplicity, quality, and happiness.

“I think that’s gotten lost in the culture, even though people are searching for those connections in their daily life and you can get it through a plate of food that’s handled properly” Hoene said. “I would like the restaurant to be an expression of that.”

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