Chicken Fried Steak

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Matchstick Man
Junior Burger
2003/04/14 20:54:47
Okay, this isn't "prime cut". But the absolute best chicken fried steak that I've ever had was at Massey's on 8th Ave in Ft Worth. A few years ago, they closed down for a couple of years. The Ft Worth Star-Telegram ran a poll about a year later, asking people where to get the best chicken fried steak. Even though they had been closed for a year, Massey's still won the poll. I think that might have been a large factor in the reopening of the restaraunt.
The portions are large, everything is good. I haven't been to Ft Worth in a couple of years, but the last time I went to Massey's you still got TWO pieces of CFS, each one larger than any single piece you'd get at any other restaraunt.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/14 20:59:50
Matchstick man, what you described is the best breakfast i have ever had. When I go to Perkins or any other place for breakfast, I always want chicken fried steak, extra gravy, hash browns, triple eggs over well, bisquits and a diet coke. Unfortunately, my cardiologist no longer allows it.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Matchstick Man
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/14 21:20:27
Sundancer, what's a cardiologist?
I'll be 50 later this year, am 6', weigh 170, and can eat and eat and eat and eat and not gain any weight....and that was BEFORE I started walking 2+ miles everyday.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/14 21:38:16
Oh, my. Chicken-fried steak is REAL hard to pick a "best of". What to look for, in my opinion, is steak (tenderized, by pounding, round steak is really what I'm talking about) that is cooked just like good fried chicken is cooked; in an iron skillet or something that closely matches. Most of what you'll find is deep-fried, which is fine, but usually not "superb". This is a good topic; I'd love to hear Roadfooder recommendations on this one.
Matchstick Man
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/14 22:09:25
Bushie, I disagree -- it's REAL EASY to pick the best CFS -- I've been to Massey's and it is just what you are describing!
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/15 08:33:19
I haven't been to Massey's since before they (temporarily) closed, but I second the motion that their CFS is the gold standard. Another great one, in the Hill Country, is -- or at least used to be -- served at a restaurant their called O.S.T. And I DO love Threadgill's.
dbear
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/15 19:47:19
A Texan at heart (or appetite), this is a topic of real interest to me. I live in New England now, which has alot of great roadfood, but absolutely noplace to get a great CFS. My prefence was always Threadgill's when I lived in Austin. Hill's was also good (I lived around the corner in Travis Heights) but closed much of the time. I've never been to Massey's but I'll make a point of it next time I'm in the Metroplex. The closest I can get here is the local Chili's 'country' fried steak, which is edible, but not at all the real thing.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/17 09:51:28
One of the major truck-stop companies, not sure if it is Petro Brother's or Flying J used to have an AYCE Chicken Fried Steak offer running from mid-nite to 5am nightly. Made to order with a crust that had plenty of black pepper in it, a cup of white gravy on the side and scoops of Mashed potatoes and some other veggie that I never bothered to check out plus beverage (pepsi) all for $5.99. On several runs across the country and up the 5 on the left-coast It was the late dinner or early breakfast of choice for us!
Corning, CA had one that we stopped at several times. Sorry that the name escapes me now.
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/17 17:07:09
I've tried all the local (Fresno, CA) "joints" around and have failed to find a CFS to rival that of Golden Corral, which unfortunately, no longer serves them.. I found a close second at Perko's though.. I'll just have to keep looking.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/26 09:34:08
Matchstick, as promised, I made a special trip over to Massey's yesterday afternoon. I'm happy to report you are correct! (Not that I doubted, but I did approach the plate with a high degree of scrutiny.) I believe the CFS was as good as you could ever get. A "bonus" was that the cream gravy was SUPERB (almost perfect). Hand-mashed (not whipped) potatoes, homemade dinner rolls. The meal filled my entire being with "comfort". Thanks.
Maynerd
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/26 21:15:18
Where abouts is O.S.T. in the Hill country? I might have to make a special side trip next time I'm in Austin.
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/04/27 04:53:47
quote:
Originally posted by Maynerd

Where abouts is O.S.T. in the Hill country? I might have to make a special side trip next time I'm in Austin.



Bandera. I haven't been there in several years, but others who eaten there recently say it's still the great C.F.S.
Matchstick Man
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/05/06 11:51:33
Hey Bushie! I was sure I had already responded to your post...guess it got lost. Glad to hear that Massey's quality is still up there. I'll have to check out O.S.T. and Threadgill's next time I'm down that way and see how they compare.
roy51
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/05/27 17:19:48
In Dallas, the CFS at Jenny's Bishop Grill in Oak Cliff is truly hard to beat. The steak at Norma's on Davis Street in Oak Cliff is pretty good, too, if I remember correctly. It's been a few years since I ate at Norma's. South of Dallas, just outside of Waxahachie on Hwy. 77, is the Rocket Cafe. The CFS is huge and delicious there. In my college days in Austin there was a place out on N. Lamar called the Stallion. If I remember correctly their chicken fried steak was pretty good.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/05/27 17:32:19
roy51, the Stallion closed many years ago (a victim of so-called "progress"), but it was almost a second home to me for awhile (I worked across the street for a about a year in the early 80's). Maybe not the best CFS ever, but you couldn't beat the "atmosphere". Kind of like the Broken Spoke still is today.

I've heard of Jenny's, but haven't been there. I'll put that one on my list for next time I'm up there, and will give a "CFS Review". Thanks.
goldsborscht
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/05/28 21:17:27
Ever since seeing Ben Johnson ask for a chicken fried steak in The Last Picture Show, I have wanted to have one in Texas. I get my chance a month from now. Thanks for all the suggestions. What can be more beautifully American than a chicken fried steak in Hill Country?
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/02 10:56:51
goldsborscht, what part of the Hill Country are you going to visit?
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/02 14:19:38
Just a stone's throw from downtown Houston, on Washington avenue, you can get a great CFS at The Pigstand #29.

I just love to go there for lunch. In addition to the famous "Pig sandwich" you can get a CFS sandwich too. It covers the plate.

You can either sit on the old twirly stools at the counter or in a booth. I think it has been in that location since the 20's.

When I was there for a meat and three lunch last week I noticed a plaque above one booth that dedicated the booth to Larry McMurty and Shirley McClain. Apparently they used that booth while filming in the move "Evening Star".

There are lots of great places to eat besides all the downtown chains, so let's get out there and eat!
goldsborscht
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/03 19:56:46
I'm going to New Braufels, Kerrville, Bandera, a loop leaving San Antonio. I'm strastegically planning the whole expedition. I'm already stressing about my pre-Austin BBQ bonanza. I got to hit Elgin, Lockhart, and Taylor, but I got to leave room for CFS in Johnson City. It's all very stressful.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/03 22:26:08


Goldsborscht, "The Last Picture Show" has been my "all time favorite" movie since I first saw it in the 70's. In the mortal words of Cloris Leachman; "Don't you worry none."

When you're in Bandera, eat at OST, and you'll have your CFS fix. Forget Elgin for BBQ. If you stop in Taylor, eat at Louie Mueller's. In Lockhart, it's a toss-up, but I still like Kruez's.

If you want to experience Texas BBQ Nirvana, drive to Smithville, which won't be too far out of your travel plans, and eat at Charles BBQ downtown. Michael Stern's review was the first I'd heard about this place. It's the best sausage on the face of the planet (their homemade), they serve mutton, they make their own sauce, and everything else is great, too.

For suggestions in Austin, please email me and I'll hook you up with proven roadfood.

No need to stress. We're here to help.

P.S. Now that I've thought about it, I don't think Cloris said "don't you worry". I think she said, "never you mind". Anyway, you know what I meant.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/04 14:48:19
A not surprisingly great CFS is made at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Restaurant located at Knotts Berry Farm in Bena Park, CA. Not cheap, but huge and delicious with a good crust. Comes with appetizer, sides and of course boysenberry pie. It's well worth the money. Since it's outside the Park it's easy to get to and worth a drive.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/09 14:53:22
quote:
Originally posted by dbear

A Texan at heart (or appetite), this is a topic of real interest to me. I live in New England now, which has alot of great roadfood, but absolutely noplace to get a great CFS...The closest I can get here is the local Chili's 'country' fried steak, which is edible, but not at all the real thing.


I'm from Texas and living in Boston as well, so I know what you mean about the lack of CFS on menus, but the great thing about chicken-fried steak is that the best you can get is homemade! If you've got a good meat pounder and a cast-iron skillet, some flour, eggs, salt, pepper and oil, you're set! Mash some potatoes, bake up some yeast rolls, snap some green beans and make some country gravy -- or do what I do and have your brother mail you boxes of Pioneer mix from Lubbock -- and you've got a meal fit for a king!
rmtnfoodie
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/11 10:50:47
A friend of mine says that "The best CFS you can find anywhere" is at Sirloin Pub and Grill in Bakersfield ( 8105 Kern Canton Road). Haven't been, but we had good fajitas recently at another of his recommendations - La Colonia, 1809 Potomac Ave, Bakersfield. La Colonia is tucked away in an older neighborhood east of downtown, so its not easy to find.

rt
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/11 12:39:20
Are you talking about Bakersfield California?
If ever in that area be sure try HODEL'S a family run Buffet that has great CFS,Tenderloin and Baked Chicken on it's daily menu. Located just off the 99 near the Airport on the north side of town (Olive Ave. Exit, I think)
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/11 16:02:19
Atlanta's best CFS is at the Silver Skillet on 14th St. near GA Tech. It's not on the menu every day but when it is it's wonderful, crispy, hot, cuts with a fork, and great gravy. Wonderful sweet iced tea also.
mudbug
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/11 16:31:50
Bushie-Sorry to hear about The Stallion losing out to the Austin sprawl.In the mid-seventies the CFS was $1.00 a steak.Good enough and definitely the right price.The comparison to the Broken Spoke weas spot on IMHO.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/11 16:38:34
quote:
Originally posted by mudbug

Bushie-Sorry to hear about The Stallion losing out to the Austin sprawl.In the mid-seventies the CFS was $1.00 a steak.Good enough and definitely the right price.The comparison to the Broken Spoke weas spot on IMHO.


A storage unit complex and a Blockbuster video store sit there now. Sigh.

The Spoke shows no signs of going away, though, thank goodness. They still have never paved their parking lot, although stuff has grown up all around. Love it.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/12 17:15:19
Inspired by this very topic, I'm making CFS tonight. However, I gave it some thought and I'm trying something new. Good Texan boy that I am, CFS was one of the first things my mother, bless her, taught me how to cook, when I was about 8. I've been doing it her way for the intervening 25 years, but the other day I thought, "Well, I don't actually fry chicken like this!" So now I'm trying CFS exactly the way I do fried chicken: the pounded steak is marinating in buttermilk right now. I'm going to double-dip it in seasoned flour (I just got a bottle of that Ozark seasoning from Penzey's that I've been anxious to try) from the buttermilk and lay out the dipped steaks on a rack for about 15 minutes to firm up the crust before I shallow-fry them in peanut oil at about 375. If you like, I'll post the results here.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/12 17:29:56
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Inspired by this very topic, I'm making CFS tonight. However, I gave it some thought and I'm trying something new. Good Texan boy that I am, CFS was one of the first things my mother, bless her, taught me how to cook, when I was about 8. I've been doing it her way for the intervening 25 years, but the other day I thought, "Well, I don't actually fry chicken like this!" So now I'm trying CFS exactly the way I do fried chicken: the pounded steak is marinating in buttermilk right now. I'm going to double-dip it in seasoned flour (I just got a bottle of that Ozark seasoning from Penzey's that I've been anxious to try) from the buttermilk and lay out the dipped steaks on a rack for about 15 minutes to firm up the crust before I shallow-fry them in peanut oil at about 375. If you like, I'll post the results here.


Oh, YEAH. I want to hear how it turns out!
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/13 00:30:50
Quite well, actually! I went for the single dip, straight from the buttermilk it had been marinating in to the seasoned flour. (By the way, the Ozark seasoning from Penzeys is totally worth trying -- I used about two teaspoons in two cups of King Arthur AP, with no other seasoning necessary.) That seemed sufficient to coat without getting too gloppy.

The other change I made was I used my digital instant-read to check the oil temp before I fried the steak. I took it up to 350 degrees, which is probably about 50-75 degrees higher than I normally fry CFS at: as a result, the steak pieces (two pounds of bottom round cut into approximate 3" sections and pounded but not flattened) both cooked incredibly fast -- I did 15 pieces in not much more than 10 minutes -- and (drumroll) were medium to medium well in the middle. No more grey-centered chicken-fried steak!

So yeah, the steak came out perfectly. But I'm mostly happy about the rolls, which I'll discuss over in recipes.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/13 08:42:03
Thanks for the update, LuckyB. Way to go.

I had never heard of that Penzeys you talked about, but I found their website and looked at the Ozark blend. Wow! Sounds fabulous, and I'm ordering a catalog today. Thanks for the tip.

Now over to Recipes to check on those rolls...
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/06/13 14:26:12
I don't work for Penzeys, but I strongly recommend anyone who's choosy about their spices to check out www.penzeys.com immediately. Great prices, enormous selection, highest quality.
owp123
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/30 18:37:40
Guys & Gals, I saw no mention of Zentners Daughters in San Angelo, Texas. For garlic type CFS, this is a real treat. My Sister once came out to visit & we ate there-we conned her into taking one "to go" on the plane with her back to Dallas-the other passengers drove the pilot nuts asking him to do a 180 back to Angelo so they could try one-Ohhh, the aroma of garlic when dun rite!!!
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/30 18:45:46
Did anyone mention The Jailhouse in San Antonio? Their medium size Chicken Fried Steak would rank as one of the biggest in Texas. I did not dare even look at a Large one.
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/30 19:28:44
Re[url='http://www.penzeys.com/']Penzeys[/url]: let me add that for several years I've been doing as much shopping there as my wife, essentially a non-cook, will let me. Great quality, very reasonable cost, and they will take a check by snail-mail and not make you wait forever while it clears. Great people to deal with.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/30 22:23:32
quote:
Originally posted by owp123

Guys & Gals, I saw no mention of Zentners Daughters in San Angelo, Texas. For garlic type CFS, this is a real treat.


The original Zentners, also in San Angelo (it's a family feud thing) is even better. Both sides of my family are from San Angelo, I lived there myself for a while and my parents are buried there. I have many fond memories of San Angelo, many involving the CFS at Zentners.
owp123
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 14:14:07
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop


The original Zentners, also in San Angelo (it's a family feud thing) is even better. Both sides of my family are from San Angelo, I lived there myself for a while and my parents are buried there. I have many fond memories of San Angelo, many involving the CFS at Zentners.

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I should have included this one, on Sherwood Way, I believe-isn't he the one that clangs the bell when the rolls come out of the oven? Isn't it great to have a fued goin' on who has the best food-is the owner her father or uncle????
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 15:10:10
CFS...Chicken Fried Steak
Best I've had? Breakfast at the HHH Truck stop, Murdo, South Dakota, or, maybe it was because i was powerful hungry, anyway, it was big, great white sausage gravy, and a lot of meat in between the crunchy outer coating.

BTW, I live very close to Penzey's. I forget to go there for spices, thanks for the reminder!
Hillbilly
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 16:04:24
"Chicken Fried" is all you say in Oklahoma City (just about any restaurant serves it). AND they also have "Chicken Fried Chicken" on most menus. Can anybody tell me why they don't just call it fried chicken? Or maybe "Steak Fried Chicken". Is it really different, or is this just tongue in cheek redundancy?
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 16:05:11
Clothier: quality and texture of the steak. The worst CFS is so overprocessed that it's basically hamburger in a salty crust. (That's what you get in those perfectly round -- and perfectly nasty -- patties in the meat department of southern supermarkets.

Also, the best chicken-fried steak, like the best fried chicken, has a savory but not overseasoned, crisp and flaky crust. The worst has a gummy, soggy mass on it.

Hillbilly: "Chicken fried chicken" is almost always a boneless breast filet covered in gravy, which is different from "fried chicken," your basic dipped and fried pieces of carcass.
hermitt4d
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 18:31:48
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Clothier: quality and texture of the steak. The worst CFS is so overprocessed that it's basically hamburger in a salty crust. (That's what you get in those perfectly round -- and perfectly nasty -- patties in the meat department of southern supermarkets.


There's been some discussion on another site recently of the CFS at BBQ Inn in Houston, long regarded by many as one of the best locally. I had it recently for the first time and thought it suspiciously fork-tender - I thought it well could have been Chicken Fried Hamburger patty (not that there's anything necessarily wrong with that idea , so long as you know what you're getting). It was the right size and shape, comparable in thickness to a 1/2 lb. patty. I also found it and the gravy rather bland.

Others who've had it recently have commented that it's too tender to be tenderized round steak or 'cutlet.'

Those pre-fab breaded patties available in supermarkets are unredeemable, tho.
hermitt4d
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/10/31 18:41:42
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

Just a stone's throw from downtown Houston, on Washington avenue, you can get a great CFS at The Pigstand #29.

I just love to go there for lunch. In addition to the famous "Pig sandwich" you can get a CFS sandwich too. It covers the plate.

You can either sit on the old twirly stools at the counter or in a booth. I think it has been in that location since the 20's.

When I was there for a meat and three lunch last week I noticed a plaque above one booth that dedicated the booth to Larry McMurty and Shirley McClain. Apparently they used that booth while filming in the move "Evening Star".

There are lots of great places to eat besides all the downtown chains, so let's get out there and eat!


I was going to go there today and try it but have been so under the weather I could not face the traffic to drive that far so I wound up at Avalon Diner in Stafford, which a co-worker has told me about. Very good CFS, perhaps the best I've had in Houston. The menu says 6 oz. I think but it was much bigger than that. Very tender cutlet, without the usual stringiness, and an appropriately crispy crust with tasty gravy. An excellent large pile of onion (st)rings and a cup of brocc-cheese soup. A very satisfactory meal. I like this location much better than the one at Greenway Plaza which is rather institutional, I think.
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/11/01 06:35:58
Ok, Ok, I just remembered a place that makes great Chicken Fried Steak.
It is the Durango Diner in Durango, Colorado.

The guy who used to be the main man there many years ago, Gary someting-or-other, dredged the hand pounded club steak in seasoned flour and fried them on the flat top grill in a puddle of oil, (some kind of stuff called Kayola Gold)

This was a great CFS. Wonderful w/ eggs for breakfast.

Anyone know if Durango Diner is still there?
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/11/01 11:49:43
quote:
Originally posted by owp123

Guys & Gals, I saw no mention of Zentners Daughters in San Angelo, Texas. For garlic type CFS, this is a real treat. My Sister once came out to visit & we ate there-we conned her into taking one "to go" on the plane with her back to Dallas-the other passengers drove the pilot nuts asking him to do a 180 back to Angelo so they could try one-Ohhh, the aroma of garlic when dun rite!!!


Once my wife and I did a trick like that. We brought Pastrami sandwiches from Pastrami King (when on Queens Blvd.) onto a plane flying out of LaGuardia to Minneapolis and it made the plane smell like a deli. It was strong stuff, that Pastrami King pastrami.
lvw
Hamburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/11/03 16:21:22
quote:
Originally posted by spadoman

Ok, Ok, I just remembered a place that makes great Chicken Fried Steak.
It is the Durango Diner in Durango, Colorado.

The guy who used to be the main man there many years ago, Gary someting-or-other, dredged the hand pounded club steak in seasoned flour and fried them on the flat top grill in a puddle of oil, (some kind of stuff called Kayola Gold)

This was a great CFS. Wonderful w/ eggs for breakfast.

Anyone know if Durango Diner is still there?


This is something I'd like to know, since I'll be in Colorado in a couple of weeks and have been dying for some CFS. I found this website: http://www.durangodiner.com/but on the menu, there is no mention of CFS. Was it a daily special or something?

Otherwise, does anyone have any suggestions for CFS in the greater-Denver area???
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/11/03 17:54:28
quote:
Originally posted by lvw

quote:
Originally posted by spadoman

Ok, Ok, I just remembered a place that makes great Chicken Fried Steak.
It is the Durango Diner in Durango, Colorado.

The guy who used to be the main man there many years ago, Gary someting-or-other, dredged the hand pounded club steak in seasoned flour and fried them on the flat top grill in a puddle of oil, (some kind of stuff called Kayola Gold)

This was a great CFS. Wonderful w/ eggs for breakfast.

Anyone know if Durango Diner is still there?


This is something I'd like to know, since I'll be in Colorado in a couple of weeks and have been dying for some CFS. I found this website: http://www.durangodiner.com/but on the menu, there is no mention of CFS. Was it a daily special or something?

Otherwise, does anyone have any suggestions for CFS in the greater-Denver area???


I wonder if they call it something else/ Many places call it country fried steak. I definately had one there one of the many times I ate there. I lived in Colorado 12 years agoi and made many trips through Durango. Glad to see you found the website, that answers my question about whether or not they're still there.
As for the CFS, I dunno, might have been a special, but the Durango Diner is a great place to eat if your down that way. thanks!
2005Equinox
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/11/27 03:06:17
Around here the best country fried steak is at a local bar-restauraunt called Big Bellys Pit and Pourhouse. Some might not like it because they make it on the spicy side but I love it. The Machine Shed is really good too.
olphart
Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/12/31 19:01:41
If you ever go through Amarillo, make sure to stop at Big Texan for a great meal. If you don’t go for the 72 oz. steak, your next best bet would be the chicken fried steak. It was delicious. It was big. It was tender. And the gravy was first-rate.
JimInKy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2003/12/31 22:01:57
We routinely ate chicken fried steak for breakfast and supper at our house, but called it country fried steak. Actually, Mom sometimes referred to it as Cubed Steak. The steak was manually tenderized and pan fried in a cast iron skillet. Mom floured it up good with flour, salt and pepper and that was it. Alone, her steak tasted great and was nicely tender. But she always made a cream gravy from the leavings and then it was Heavenly.

Once again, a forum has made me hungry for the subject at hand, and I'll surely have to have "country" fried steak over the upcoming weekend. I don't think I've made this before, but I can make good cream gravy from about anything.
frognot
Hamburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 13:39:05
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Clothier: quality and texture of the steak. The worst CFS is so overprocessed that it's basically hamburger in a salty crust. (That's what you get in those perfectly round -- and perfectly nasty -- patties in the meat department of southern supermarkets.

Also, the best chicken-fried steak, like the best fried chicken, has a savory but not overseasoned, crisp and flaky crust. The worst has a gummy, soggy mass on it.


I agree with the above and gotta add the gravy should be white and thick and ya should always have some mashed taters & gravy with it. Wash it down with sweet tea and that's some dang good eatin'!
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 15:40:12
If the latter, then there are still some flying around smelling of Pad Thai, too...
Adjudicator
Sirloin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 18:32:25
quote:
Originally posted by Bushie

Oh, my. Chicken-fried steak is REAL hard to pick a "best of". What to look for, in my opinion, is steak (tenderized, by pounding, round steak is really what I'm talking about) that is cooked just like good fried chicken is cooked; in an iron skillet or something that closely matches. Most of what you'll find is deep-fried, which is fine, but usually not "superb". This is a good topic; I'd love to hear Roadfooder recommendations on this one.


With Swamp Gravy, of course, I presume...
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 18:46:06
quote:
Originally posted by spadoman

Ok, Ok, I just remembered a place that makes great Chicken Fried Steak.
It is the Durango Diner in Durango, Colorado.

The guy who used to be the main man there many years ago, Gary someting-or-other, dredged the hand pounded club steak in seasoned flour and fried them on the flat top grill in a puddle of oil, (some kind of stuff called Kayola Gold)

This was a great CFS. Wonderful w/ eggs for breakfast.

Anyone know if Durango Diner is still there?


Sheesh, thanks for that. I never had their CFS. Always went for the great, plate-wide pancakes. Far as I know, it's still there.
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 18:51:07
Oh, I can't resist talking about one of the best chicken-fried steaks I ever had, in someone's home. We're including this story in a forthcoming book:

... we had another paradoxical cowboy-nutrition meal in Henryetta, Oklahoma, at the home of Jim and Sharron Shoulders. Jim is the Babe Ruth of rodeo, but even more distinguished in his field than the Bambino, for the number of World Champion belt buckles he won in the 1950s and into the 1960s for bronc and bull riding has never been equaled or even approached. When he retired, he was one of the several sports stars who was hired to promote Miller Lite (along with his trained Brahma bull); and when we paid a visit in the late 1990s, he and Sharron were enjoying a nice little cattle ranch outside of Henryetta. They invited us to their house for breakfast.

Before sitting down to eat, the Shoulders enthusiastically told us about the breed of cattle they were raising, especially aimed at the modern, nutrition-minded beef eater whose outlook demanded low-fat meals. It is called Salorn, a composite breed of 5/8 French Salers and 3/8 Texas Longhorn blood. They explained that Longhorn stock made for a hardy, adaptable breed; it also meant that Salorn meat was especially lean.

“That’s what we’ll be having for breakfast,” Sharron announced. We wondered if at that moment she could see our faces fall with disappointment. The night before we all had gone out for grand, extremely well-marbled sirloins at Oklahoma City’s premier beef palace, The Cattlemen’s in the old stockyards district. We preceded the steak orgy with a platter of deep-fried Rocky Mountain oysters (testicles), and had plenty of fried potatoes alongside the main course. We were in no mood to start next morning with a slab of stringy, too-lean, no-juice health beef. Our crankiness about the goody-two-shoes meat was exacerbated because we were, quite frankly, disillusioned that our hero, Jim Shoulders, would go over to the other side and submit himself to wimpy beef.

Not to worry. Sharron took four filets of this oh-so-virtuous beef, dunked them in egg wash, dipped them in seasoned flour, then back into the egg, and slid them into a broad cast iron skillet full of bubbling hot lard. In doing so, she transformed the leanest cuts of cow she could find into the most opulent dish beef can be: chicken fried steak. When the steaks came out of the pan, she made thick gravy using pan drippin’s, pepper, and cream. With piles of buttermilk biscuits hot from the oven and plenty of butter and jelly to stuff into the biscuits’ steamy insides, this chicken fried steak was the most delicious diet meal we ever ate.

lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 19:25:54
Mr. Stern I'm drooling.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/22 21:53:03
Sounds good if ya leave out them oysters... Thats just not right...
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/02/23 09:47:16
quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

Sounds good if ya leave out them oysters... Thats just not right...


Agreed. You really ought to help out if you're gonna eat them. I've only ever eaten mountain oysters (pork, in my case) after helping my grandaddy "harvest" them (well somebody's gotta catch and hold the pig while he "operates")...
TWODRM
Junior Burger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/06/18 12:01:04
The absolute best that I have had was in Gruene, TX at the quaint and atmospheric Grist Mill restaurant, right on the river. Huge cut of meat, perfectly tenderized and lightly breaded with the perfect blend of seasoning and TONS of big chunks of pepper. The gravy was very creamy and again, nice and peppery. The mashed taters were excellent as well with chunks of the skin in them, plenty more gravy. Don't forget the best veggie accompaniment, green beans, country style slow cooked with pork & onion. Good stuff.
Hillbilly
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/06/18 12:48:07
quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

Sounds good if ya leave out them oysters... Thats just not right...

They are called "Lamb Fries" on the Cattlemen's menu. And they are mighty tasty. It is not just a novelty item at Cattlemen's, but a much ordered appetizer. But then, I have never had a taste of anything other than excellence at Cattlemen's. I do love their "Blue Ribbon Special" cut.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chicken Fried Steak 2004/06/18 14:03:09
quote:
Originally posted by Hillbilly

quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

Sounds good if ya leave out them oysters... Thats just not right...

They are called "Lamb Fries" on the Cattlemen's menu. And they are mighty tasty. It is not just a novelty item at Cattlemen's, but a much ordered appetizer. But then, I have never had a taste of anything other than excellence at Cattlemen's. I do love their "Blue Ribbon Special" cut.


I SWEAR I thought eating those were only a joke!
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