chicken fried steak
Aunt Kizzy's in Marina Del Rey has the best Chicken Fried Steak that I have ever had. I have not been to the Pines though. It is a real steak that is breaded and fried and smothered in gravy and served with rich wonderful mashed potatoes. It is available only at dinner and is cooked to order so that is is crunchy and juicy.
Side Street Cafe in Newport Beach has an awesome chicken fried steak. It is an actual steak and is dredged in a dry mix rather than dipped in batter as you get other places.
I have only eaten breakfast/brunch there, but have been frequently and was never disappointed. It is really small and there is always a little wait on weekends.
1799 Newport Blvd # A105 (next to Condom Revolution)
Costa Mesa, CA 92627