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Chicken Fried Steak

Any recommendations for good chicken fried steak? And by good I mean it doesn't taste like processed frozen meat. In the Koreatown area but I am willing to travel.

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  1. Oh, yeah! That's some good Texas eatin'! I'd like to know this, too...

    1. IMO the best chicken fried steak near L.A. is at Bake 'n Broil in North Long Beach. It is a real steak with real country gravy. Also check out the baked goods. Maybe have a slice of the banana cream pie after your CFS. To get a better CFS you would have to go the the Swing Inn in Temecula.

      Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnrer. Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers. IMO, L.A.’s best Banana Cream Pie and Red Velvet cake)
      3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
      Long Beach, CA 90807
      (562) 595-0396

      My review is in the older thread
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/399982

      36 Replies
      1. re: JeetJet

        Heartily agree with Bake & Broil recommendation, their CFS is fantastic. I also agree with Gaffey St. Diner. I had breakfast there recently and was blown away by the quality and quantity of food. Both are highly recommended.

        1. re: Ernie

          Do you recall seeing any chicken wings on the menu at either place? Either spicy or not, thanks!

          1. re: WildSwede

            No, but in San Pedro there is a place called 710 Grille that specializes in hot wings.

            1. re: Ernie

              Thanks, I will search for a menu. Thanks!!

              1. re: WildSwede

                Not sure if Bake 'n Broil has wings but they may have fried chicken -- not sure. Pann's CFS is getting lots of love here and we all know that Pann's makes the best freid chicken wings in L.A. Wash it down with a shake.

                Pann’s (Fried Chicken wings and waffles, pea soup,
                6710 La Tijera Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA
                90045
                (323) 776-3770
                Cross Street: La Cienega Boulevard
                http://www.panns.com/

                1. re: JeetJet

                  I have had Pann's CFS (it is one of my favorite things) and it is okay, but I still prefer Chili's.

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    I tried Pann's this weekend because I was craving a great CFS, and it was good.. but it wasn't amazing. It tasted very homemade but I felt the gravy lacked a little flavor. Also a little spendy at $13.

                    Oh well, still good.. but not fantastic by any means. Though I would eat it again so what does that say about me? lol

                    1. re: starqrtrs

                      I swear, try Chili's. it is my favorite.
                      I hear you about the eating it again - I do the same things... ;-)

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        I've actually had the chili's one and it's also pretty good. In some respects prolly better then Panns. I actually find the best chicken fried steak is Alton Brown's recipe on the show Good Eats. My wife can make it exactly the same and it's the best CFS I've ever had. Getting her to make it is another thing (unhealthy as she puts it. lol)

                        1. re: starqrtrs

                          Folks, pardon the interruption, but another 'hound has kindly posted a link to Alton Brown's chicken fried steak recipe, which we have moved to the Home Cooking board. You can find that link here:

                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/431226

        2. re: JeetJet

          Best banana cream pie? Better than Apple Pan's?! If so.. I must try..

          1. re: JeetJet

            I went a couple of weeks ago to try their CFS. I honestly thought it was pretty bad. I took a couple of bites and was really disappointed. The only thing I thought it had going for it was that they season their breading. Gravy was runny and had no flavor. I pretty much left the whole thing there and left. Maybe it was a case of expecting too much with all the great reviews it gets here. Either way, I drove up the street and had a Vienna Beef Chicago Dog at Mustard's Hot Dogs between BNB & the 405. It was passable.
            Then I had a great meal at The Red Onion later in the evening. YUM!!

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            Red Onion
            736 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

            1. re: WildSwede

              which place had the not very good cfs?

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Chicken fried steak at B&B is nothing to write home about and I like B&B.

                  1. re: monku

                    What do you normally get there that is good?

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      I need to give them another try, but aside from the cheerful atmosphere and friendly service I got the impression that everyone loves this place because they think they're supposed to. Maybe it's one of those local legends that you just have to "get", like Musso and Frank's (which I do get) or Tommy's (which I don't). Or maybe those pies everyone lines up for are so good nobody cares if the burger has any flavor or not. Anyway, thanks for warning us off the CFS, as I probably would have tried that next. I trust your tastebuds, kid …

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I think B&B is a good representation of what the perfect restaurant should be like.
                        Their baked goods are the star of the show. The best pie crust I've ever had and the fresh peach pie when in season is to die for. When they have olallieberry pie, you have to go. Not often everything tastes as good as it looks. Soups are made from scratch. It's a clean place with a homey atmosphere. First thing I noticed was how clean cut and friendly the young staff was, you don't see that often these days.

                        The hamburger isn't great, but it's tasty. I'll go to B&B for a burger over P&B(Pasadena) any day, and I live 15 minutes from P&B and 45 minutes from B&B.

                        1. re: monku

                          "The hamburger isn't great, but it's tasty." I got the patty melt; the whole thing was a class act, except that the meat was almost flavorless. Too bad, since there was so much of it. I'd put it down to my compromised tasting apparatus except that I can taste Pann's burger just fine. AND P'n'B's.

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                          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                        2. re: Will Owen

                          I agree regarding the atmosphere and staff. My waitress was the sweetest thing and the two seniors sitting next to me were nice and chatty. Seemed as though they are regulars. A lot of people ordering baked goods to go - long line there. I got two of the Oatmeal Raisin cookies to go - expecting small ones (these are HUGE with a glaze frosting) - as I overheard the waitress telling someone that they were really good. My impression - meh. The reason I did not get pie to go is that I still had several errands to run and wanted to chill near the ocean for a bit. So it would not have lasted.

                          1. re: WildSwede

                            i think joengegarward's bake and broil has someone good baked goods, like the aforementioned peace pie w fresh whipped cream, i think the pumpkin square with whipped cream where grand, as well as there red velvet cupcakes (tbhough i don't think the red velvets were amazing).

                        3. re: WildSwede

                          Ordered the CFS the first time I went and was disappointed, a weak non-existing breading...kind of like a skin which doesn't stick to the meat. Don't know why places can't get it right.
                          What's the problem....take a tenderized round steak, dredge in seasoned flour, egg and seasoned flour again and deep fry it.

                          If it's lunch or dinner I get the hamburger special...burger + coffee, tea or soft drink and choice of soup or pie (I get the pie). Breakfasts are good and so are their soups. Chicken pot pie is pretty good and a popular dish.

                          http://lbfoodreview.com/reviews/wp-co...

                          1. re: monku

                            How does their CPP compare to Moffett's in Arcadia's? Thanks monku!

                            1. re: WildSwede

                              Never had it at Moffets.
                              Beginning to think making it at home is the only solution. Didn't like it at Pann's either.

                              1. re: WildSwede

                                Sorry, you said CPP and I thought we were still on CFS.
                                I think the CPP is better at B&B because of their crust and it's larger than Moffet's. Not to say I'd turn down a Moffet's CPP.

                                1. re: monku

                                  I, obviously, have not had the CPP at B&B. Do they put veggies in theirs? The reason I love the one at Moffett's is because they have it with just chicken (dark meat) and gravy. The veggies come on the side - just pure meat and gravy in the dough. I almost stopped there after dinner at Vietnam Kitchen (in the same shopping center) last night and picked up a couple to throw in the freezer, but ended up not doing it. Now I kinda regret it. Guess I can stop by after work today.

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                                  Vietnam Kitchen
                                  1429 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                    B&B's CPP are served with veggies inside, it's good not great and I'd say the same about Moffet's.
                                    Lately I'm seeing these Marie Callender restaurant ads and getting tempted to buy some frozen ones at Costco to satisfy my CPP cravings.

                            2. re: WildSwede

                              Googled B&B CFS and came up with this image(not mine).
                              If this is what the CFS was supposed to look like and they serve(that's their plates), I apologize. But, it wasn't what I got.

                              Now that I think about it I may have gone to B&B for CFS the first time because of this thread which started in 2007.

                               
                              1. re: monku

                                Yeah, that is not what I got either. The gravy was definitely not that thick. The eggs look the same, though! ;-)

                                1. re: WildSwede

                                  In an older CFS thread you commented how good the CFS was at Chili's. I agree years ago it was good, but I had it a month ago and it was a massive amount of greasy fried batter and no steak.

                                  1. re: monku

                                    Yeah, it has changed. They used to have this fabulously peppery pepper gravy. It was the bomb. I have not had it in about 3 years now.
                                    I have to try Pacific Diner in SP's. I have had Gaffey Street Diner's and was not impressed.
                                    I have heard good things about Alton Brown's recipe (seems a little labor intensive to me) so maybe I will have to try it.

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                                    Gaffey Street Diner
                                    247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                    Pacific Diner
                                    3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                      where's pacific diner? so should i skip gaffey street diner?

                                      the problem w chicken fried steak is if it's not properly made, you feel like a pile of crap afterwards but if it is expertly made you are in pure bliss.

                                      hows the chicken fried steak at the blue star diner in downtown?

                                      does nickel diner on fith and main also make one?

                                      thanks.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Hi Kevin. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you what to do. These are just my tastebuds' opinions. Maybe you like a different style of CFS. I think everything here should taken under the advice that it is a person's opinion after all. You may go the Gaffey Street and have a CFS epiphany. Maybe the time I went was an off day. Who knows. Then again, you may feel the same way I did after I ate it there.
                                        If you are in the area, try it... why not. I have never been to Pacific Diner, Blue Star Diner or Nickel. I would love to try their CFSs and probably will one of these days since I love to drive for a good meal (and am especially pleased when it IS a good meal!!).
                                        But, be sure to let me know if you hear of any good CFSs! ;-) Thanks!

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                                        Blue Star
                                        2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                        Pacific Diner
                                        3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                          Had a bad CFS experience at Blue Star several months ago.
                                          Got there around 8am, two LAPD cops sitting next to us and a single diner all eating their food. I ordered the CFS (as rec'd on another post with a fantastic picture). Waited 20 minutes for our food and one look at the CFS and I was disappointed...a small limp battered piece of meat for $12. My feeling was they just opened and maybe didn't get the deep fryer going or tried to cook it on the grill or in oil that wasn't hot enough.
                                          Wrote an e-mail to their website and got a quick response from the owner Kash Brouillet who apologized and said he would look into it and my next meal would be on him. Haven't taken him up on his offer. Someone mentioned he's involved with Millie's Cafe in Silver Lake.
                                          Millie's has Chicken Fried Steak (and Chicken) on their breakfast menu...maybe it's worth a shot.
                                          http://milliescafe.net/index2.html

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                                          Blue Star
                                          2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                          1. re: monku

                                            is blue star related to 410 boyd st?

                                  2. re: WildSwede

                                    I need to try the CFS at the Pacific Diner in San Pedro. I keep hearing really good things about it...

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                                    Pacific Diner
                                    3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                    2. Another place that has been recommended before on the LA board for their CFS is Gaffey St. Diner in San Pedro. At least if you are looking to do a taste off Bake and Broil is in the same general area.

                      http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

                      1. Our favorite Chicken Fried Steak, both my born in Texas GF, and myself is an hour and a half drive for you at The Pines Cafe. Great Biscuits and Gravey too!

                        The Pines Cafe
                        4343 Pearblossom Hwy
                        Palmdale, CA
                        93552-5805
                        661-285-0455

                        4 Replies
                        1. re: sel

                          Agree completely! The cfs at the Pines is friggin' to die for.

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                          Pines Cafe
                          4343 Pearblossom Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93552

                          1. re: David Kahn

                            i agree that it is very good. I think it is worth a 45 min. drive. I have had it twice and on the first time I talked with the server and the cook about it. I was told it is a frozen pre-made CFS. However, it is not just any frozen cube steak. They told me the name of the supplier and said that CFS is the suppliers specilty and it cost top dollar because they use top quality steaks. The result is a CFS that is very hard to believe it was not fresh form the stockyard. No other frozen CFS is as good. My brother lives ten minutes from The Pines and he always orders their burgers. He tells me they are very good as well. This is a tiny place with several counter chairs and what, maybe eight or ten other chairs at tables? In the hot Summer time people still line-up ouside -- it is that good.

                            1. re: JeetJet

                              It's a frozen pre-made CFS???!!! Wow, it sure fooled us! Please, if the Biscuits are pre-made don't tell me or my lad aka BreadBoy who loves them! The burgers are indeed very good. The Pineburger Works cooked Rare is one of my favorite burgers anywhere. Also good breakfest items. They recently started serving dinners but I haven't tried them.

                              1. re: sel

                                I did not ask about those great large square biscutts. Therefore I do not know for sure whether those biscutts in that big white dilivery box that I saw, when I looked over the counter area near the cook, were pre-made or not. I will add the funny story that the cook told me. He said he really did not want to sell a frozen CFS and felt he could make it himself. He said he tried and tried but it was not the same. His customers liked the frozen ones better. Even when I was eating it I cound not believe it was a pre-made frozen steak. I am pretty sure he cooks it on the griddle -- not a deep fry or deep frying pan (deep oil).

                        2. Like it or not Claim Jumper has an excellent chicken fried steak.
                          http://www.claimjumper.com/hypertext/...

                          4 Replies
                          1. re: monku

                            Has anyone tried the CFS at Chili's? I've heard it pretty decent.

                            1. re: foodfever

                              It's OK, but Claim Jumper is bigger and better.

                              1. re: monku

                                Claim Jumper also has a rockin' meat loaf and this is something I usually will NOT order at restaurants.

                              2. re: foodfever

                                Yes, to me, Chili's is one of the best. Huge pieces, crisp, crisp, breading and a delicious pepper gravy. I absolutely adore it! I think Claim Jumper's is good, too, but prefer Chili's.
                                Does Bake N Broil have wings? Friend and I are thinking of trying it in a few weeks when we are in the area and she has her heart set on wings - spicy or not. Thanks!!