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Apr 27, 2007 12:10 PM

Chicken Fried Steak in Boston??

I shamefully admit my occasional cravings for this dish, but have NEVER seen it on a menu in Boston. Anyone know where I can go for a fix??

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  1. That is something that I would never ever eat but I do remember back in the 90s when Chili's Grill and Bar started opening in Massachusetts they had it on their menu. I am not quite sure if Bostonians took to it. Fajitas yes chicken fried steak?...

    1. Okay, I'm setting myself up to be sliced and diced. But when I have a hankering for chicken fried steak, I go to Denny's (although I believe they call it "Country Fried Steak" there. Same thing though.).

      I know there's a Denny's in Danvers, and one in Lawrence.

      1. the last one i had was at uncle pete's, and it was terrible. chicken fried steak certainly not a boston strength, imo.

        1. Ok. I've been lurking on here for a couple of weeks, and I have to say that this site is great. I figured this is as good a topic as any to cause me to join and reply. As a Texan living north of the Mason Dixon line for the past 5 years, the ONLY place I have found that does a credible chicken fried steak is Chili's. I don't know if it is on the menu at Chili's in Boston, but it is the only restaurant where I would even consider ordering it here. Chili's version has a great crisp batter and most imporatantly is served with white, cream gravy rather than brown gravy (a common failure of northern attempts at this southern delicacy).
          If your really craving one, I would advise just making your own. It is not difficult and is pretty cheap. All you need is some round steak, flour, eggs, and milk/cream for the gravy.

          1. It is not in Boston, but the best Chicken Fried Steak you'll find in eastern MA is at the Cracker Barrel. I go there whenever I go shopping at the Wrentham Outlets and they make a bunch of wonderful "down home" favorites.

            1795 Andover St.
            Tewksbury MA 01876-1129
            (978) 858-3717 I-495 & SR 133 39 18.35 miles

            1048 South Street
            Wrentham MA 02093-1537
            (508) 384-0477 I-495 & SR 1A 15 26.98 miles NO

            5 Replies
            1. re: InmanSQ Girl

              I forgot about Cracker Barrel! Definitely a great chicken fried steak option--probably better than Chili's, though I haven't had one from there in a long time.

              1. re: InmanSQ Girl

                Thanks for the suggestions! Someone in my office just suggested Cracker Barrel too...I'll give it a go next time I hit the outlets! I think my grandparents stop their during their drive to and from it must at least be reliable and affordable ;)

                1. re: ebfeeney

                  There was a CH post on this a while back. I am proud to admit I enjoy this dish.

                  Redbones in Davis Sq has it, but it's not very good. They serve it with wet tomato-centric veggies, and the juices consume the plate, thus ruining the crispiness of the fry.

                  Texas Roadhouse in Everett has a far superior version...probably better than Chili's.

                  1. re: fecalface

                    Texas Roadhouse has good burgers--tough for me to get past those, but I love chicken fried steak, so I'll have to give it a shot there some day.

                    Great username, BTW! :-D

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      Actually, Marc, it's not what you think.

                      It's Fe Calf Ace.