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2011/01/10 08:01:07 (permalink)

Chicken Fried Steak

Last summer, we took an RV trip to the west and south. Spent a night at a campground in Hurricane Mills, TN. In the morning before we left, we walked down the road to the Log Cabin Restaurant to have breakfast. I ordered the chicken fried steak, eggs over, 2 biscuits w/gravy, hash browns and coffee. She had scrabbled eggs, bacon, homefries, biscuits w/gravy and coffee.
The waitress delivered the biggest CFS I ever had. It was also the best I ever had. I presume that it was dipped and breaded then deep fried. It was delicious. The biscuits and gravy was excellent too. In fact, the whole breakfast was out of this world.
She took a take out tray back to the RV.
Right off I-40. Don't miss it.
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    Davydd
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/10 09:51:29 (permalink)
    If you get down to Texas you will run into the Mecca of chicken fried steaks. They take them more seriously down there than anywhere else I've been. However, since just about every place has them you stand a good chance of disappointment as well. Chicken fried steaks are a dicey proposition because of the great variables in the quality of beef used.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/10 10:00:25 (permalink)
    We did get to Texas and had some great CFS there too. Fried pie as well, hell BBQ, sausage............
    No problem at all in Texas.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/11 10:55:29 (permalink)
    George's-Waco, TX. Best while is was in college at Baylor in the early 80's. Went back last Spring, just as good.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/12 09:59:31 (permalink)
    Play27

    George's-Waco, TX. Best while is was in college at Baylor in the early 80's. Went back last Spring, just as good.

     
    Thanks.
    We are mad that we didn't stop for NC BBQ of all the times we were in NC....next time.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/18 20:55:10 (permalink)
    I have never had good gravy out of a restaurant.
    Most of it could be replaced with wallpaper paste and you wouldn't notice a difference. But that breakfast at the Log Cabin Restaurant just may change all that. Sure sounds like enough to send a lumberjack off to work....happy.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 04:39:59 (permalink)
    I agree that most gravies are like paste but this breakfast was very unusual, everything was fine.
     
    You know, perhaps the cook makes all the difference too.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 12:33:38 (permalink)
    Filetofish

    I agree that most gravies are like paste but this breakfast was very unusual, everything was fine.

    You know, perhaps the cook makes all the difference too.


    This is true of EVERYTHING that's cooked. The Cooks DO make the difference. Nothing cooks itself!
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 17:18:20 (permalink)
    Wright's Drive-In in Durant, OK has one of the best chicken fried steaks I've ever eaten.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 22:09:13 (permalink)
    I will have CFS With mashed & cream gravy for a special tomorrow....It will sell out quickly.
    I started serving breakfast a few months ago, people are amazed that I can make good gravy. The word is out about my b&g. I get women pull  up in the morning and I have them pegged for an egg white burrito...No..b&g!
     
    My mom grew up in Texas, passed on her way of making it, which she perfected over the years cooking at home for my grandfather, the butcher. CFS was one of his favorite dishes, along with fresh buttermilk biscuits.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 22:34:22 (permalink)
    CFS for breakfast is a fabulous way to start off the day.
    Eggs over easy and cottage fries. perfection.
    post edited by bill voss - 2011/02/03 23:23:09
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/19 23:13:34 (permalink)
    Mmmmmmmmm..............
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/01/20 08:33:06 (permalink)
    Thanks for straightening me out........lol.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/03 22:50:21 (permalink)
    Mmmmmm....



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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/03 22:54:40 (permalink)
    Home made beats any purchased outside of the home.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/03 23:24:55 (permalink)
    Oh, I disagree. Stroud's for instance, far surpasses anything I can accomplish at home.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/03 23:26:24 (permalink)
    CFS.....mmmmmm.......
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/03 23:30:17 (permalink)
    I make a decent one but I've had some very good ones "Outside"
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/04 00:20:11 (permalink)
    The worst chicken fried steak I have ever eaten was at Lulus in San Antonio Texas.  It was huge, but not ment for human consumption.  The Cinnamon rolls were outstanding though.
      Chef bubba, That food looks mighty tasty.  The gravy looks like milk and jsut salt and pepper.  Gravy with the sausage in it is not my cup of tea.  Gravy is the hardest thing to make.  At Thanksgiving I pray my gravy will be good........any secrets?? 
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/04 13:05:36 (permalink)
    hannahbannah,
    Secret to good Turkey Gravy starts with the Stuffing and Turkey prep. If you stuff the bird with a well seasoned stuffing mixture, the flavors of the stuffing will infuse the drippings in the pan. ALWAYS make your gravy in the same pan used to roast the turkey to get every drop of flavor. Using butter to baste the bird adds good flavor. ALWAYS mix your flour & water in a separate bowl before adding it to the pan drippings. Sometimes chicken stock can be mixed with the water. Just Remember, well seasoned Stuffing = Good Gravy!
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/04 13:29:51 (permalink)
    thanksgiving is so last year.
    post edited by bill voss - 2011/02/04 13:41:23
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/14 13:12:49 (permalink)
    Last week I had what I thought was a good CFS at Sugar & Spice Eatery but as this is something I hardly ever eat I have no idea how it would stack up against others that are "known good".  I ordered mashed potatoes on the side; it looked quite a bit like Chefbuba's above and was crisp, not soggy, with homemade potatoes and gravy.
     
    Brad
    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2011/02/14 13:13:51
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/02/14 13:30:16 (permalink)
    Probably the best chicken fried steak I ever had was at The Pines Cafe in Palmdale, CA:
     

     
    Good beef, nice crusty breading, not overly greasy, and excellent gravy made to order.   This was also the most excessive meal I've ever had that didn't involve the phrases "all you can eat" or "eat this, and it's free"
     
    Alas, The Pines turned into a Mexican place a few months after my visit.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/09 16:52:49 (permalink)
    MMMM chicken fried steak is sooooo gooooddddd!!!
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/23 11:09:59 (permalink)
    Davydd

    If you get down to Texas you will run into the Mecca of chicken fried steaks. They take them more seriously down there than anywhere else I've been. However, since just about every place has them you stand a good chance of disappointment as well. Chicken fried steaks are a dicey proposition because of the great variables in the quality of beef used.

     
    I believe I need to live in the Mecca of chicken fried steak. A place where one can reflect on life while eating the subsistence of the gods!

    
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/23 11:37:11 (permalink)
    My vote for the very best CFS is the Monument Cafe in Georgetown Texas. And it's 3.5 miles from my front door.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/24 19:52:57 (permalink)
    Texas had great ChixFS and CountryFS. We'll be back.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/25 04:39:46 (permalink)
    Lyrics from the Zac Brown Band's Hit -"Chicken Fried"
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b26wu3Ms34M
    You know I like my chicken fried
    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio up
    I like to see the sunrise
    see the love in my woman's eyes
    feel the touch of a precious child
    know a mother's love.

    Well I was raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia pine
    And that`s home you know
    Sweet tea pecan pie and homemade wine
    Where the peaches grow
    In my house it`s not much to talk about
    But it`s filled with love that`s grown in southern ground
    And a little bit of chicken fried

    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio up
    Well I`ve seen the sunrise
    See the love in my woman`s eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother`s love

    Well its funny how it`s the little things in life that mean the most
    Not where you live, the car you drive, or the price tag on your clothes
    There`s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I`ve come to know
    So if you agree have a drink with me
    Raise your glasses for a toast
    To a little bit of chicken fried

    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio up
    Well I`ve seen the sunrise
    See the love in my woman`s eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother`s love

    I thank god for my life
    And for the stars and stripes
    May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
    Salute the ones who died
    The ones that give their lives so we don`t have to sacrifice
    All the things we love
    Like our chicken fried

    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio up
    Well I`ve seen the sunrise
    See the love in my woman`s eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother`s love

    post edited by Foodbme - 2011/06/25 04:41:50
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/25 05:24:44 (permalink)
    I had some mighty good chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes at the T-Bone Steak House in Weatherford, Oklahoma recently.
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    Re:Chicken Fried Steak 2011/06/25 09:07:29 (permalink)
    I treat myself to CFS a few times a year; it is some tasty stuff!  The best I have had recently was at Lucy's On The Square in Celina, TX.
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