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Needmeat Jun 10, 2008 10:09 AM

Hey! Any recommendations for chicken fried steak in the LA or Valley area?

  1. monku Jun 10, 2008 10:44 AM

    Flame me, but Claim Jumper's is the best. 2 steaks and big enough for two people to eat. Many will mention Pann's CFS, but I thought it was a big disappointment.

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    1. re: monku
      WildSwede Jun 12, 2008 12:44 PM

      I thought Pann's was better than many I have had, but not as good as some. I personally like Chili's CFS.

      1. re: WildSwede
        monku Jun 12, 2008 10:07 PM

        Agree Chili's CFS is good, but Claim Jumper's tops Chili's.

        I was disappointed with the Pann's CFS. Was almost as if it were one of those deep fried pre-frozen patty types and not from a tenderized round steak. I went to Pann's specially on this boards rec for their CFS and have finally settled on their waffles and wings combo on subsequent visits.

        1. re: monku
          Servorg Jun 13, 2008 04:30 AM

          As much as I love Pann's, and as often as we go I am in complete agreement with you monku. Their CFS is NOT the way to go.

          1. re: Servorg
            monku Jun 13, 2008 10:04 AM

            Nothing more disappointing when you order CFS at a place you've never been and out comes that deep fried (pre-frozen) breaded hamburger. It really bums me out. What about the "truth in menu laws"?

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      sel Jun 10, 2008 10:52 AM

      The best is at The (former) Pines Cafe out towards Palmdale. The place is renamed Habanero Grill but they still serve The Pines menu on the weekends. Not L.A. or S.F.V. but so good!

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      1. re: sel
        kevin Jun 10, 2008 11:00 AM

        Say it aint so, i was just about to go there today.

        No more The Pines?

        double triple darn it.

        What's the new menu like?

        1. re: kevin
          sel Jun 10, 2008 11:30 AM

          I went last Sunday. The sweet/grumpy waitress told me that they are now closed Mon-Wed, Thur-Fri Mexican menu and Sat-Sun Pines menu + Mexican?! The outside sign says Habanero Grill, the exterior has a new paint job but the interior is exactly the same as it has been for years. I only saw a Pines menu but there was a big stockpot of Menudo on the stove and they served some $1 Carne Asada tacos and Mexican Hot Dogs to other customers. I forgot to ask about the Mexican menu. Waitress was complaining about the Menudo and maxed out by a table with a screaming baby and a toddler that was alternating between squeeling and drumming with his utensils!

          All in all I'd say don't give up on them yet but realize that it's changing. Hopefully the new owner, I think her name is Alma will eventually realize that The Pines Cafe is a unique and special place with a pretty long history that should continue!

          1. re: sel
            kevin Jun 11, 2008 10:54 AM

            Are they still going to also serve up those overbearingly large buttermilk pancakes, those things are good but hefty.

            Glad I didn't stop by yesterday when I was in the Santa Clarita area, or else it would be have been closed. Sounds weird but maybe the new owner is taking it in the direction of a full-fledged Mexican restaurant.

            1. re: kevin
              sel Jun 11, 2008 09:34 PM

              I had the Blueberry Pancake (junior order which is one dinner plate sized pancake). The same Pines menu is available on Sat-Sun so all of your favorites will be there. Your last comment doesn't sound wierd to me at all, the new Hispanic owner is moving in the direction of a Mexican restaurant, I just hope her customers can convince her that The Pines Cafe should remain, just add Mexican specials!

          2. re: kevin
            Vaya Con Carne Jun 13, 2008 10:43 AM

            Went a few weekends ago and the breakfast (Rita Omelette, oh Rita Omelette!) was as good as ever.

            The Pines/Habanero has gone through several changes of ownership since Larry, the original owner, bailed some years back. Somehow they've managed to keep the quality consistent, even though the menu has gotten smaller. I'm hoping this ownership change keeps up the tradition.

            I suspect it has much to do with the changing demographics of the area. Fewer and fewer people know the joys of CFS and B&G and seek them out, but everybody loves tacos :)

          3. re: sel
            Wes Jun 12, 2008 09:45 PM

            I agree. With the original biker owners when we ordered two CFK's the waitress would shout out "POUND TWO." Shortly we would hear the pounding from the kitchen.

            Another good CFK is:

            Eat'n Park Restaurant .
            2517 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA - (818) 953-9302

            ==>> Be sure to call they have strange hours. Only to early afternoon I recall.

            1. re: Wes
              Das Ubergeek Jun 13, 2008 07:35 AM

              A word of warning about John's Eat 'n Park -- while I've never had the CFS and can't vouch one way or the other, their omelettes are disgusting -- burnt, greasy, huge, and thoroughly unappetising. As my great-aunt would say, "siz eppes chaloshes!"

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                monku Jun 13, 2008 09:06 AM

                I don't know what happened there. Many years ago I enjoyed eating their huge omelettes.
                Now we drive by and say "hey- there's Eat & Barf".

                1. re: monku
                  kevin Jun 13, 2008 03:29 PM

                  Yeah, my friend said the portion are huge. Yes, but it is was garbage. I ordered a hot dog, and chili, cheese, jalapeno omlette and it was atrociously bad. Yes, I shouldn't have ordered it in the first place. But at least some greasy spoons can do it right.

          4. Servorg Jun 10, 2008 10:59 AM

            Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil
            3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 - at the corner of 37th St.)
            Long Beach, CA 90807
            (562) 595-0396

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            1. re: Servorg
              Ernie Jun 10, 2008 12:28 PM

              I agree, I don't normally like CFS but Bake n Broil's version is great

              1. re: Servorg
                Das Ubergeek Jun 10, 2008 03:07 PM

                If you're going to LBC anyway, might as well go to Johnny Reb's.

                Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
                4663 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805

                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                  Norm Man Jun 11, 2008 11:07 AM

                  I second the CFS at Johnny Rebs.

                  A good friend of mine from Texas regularly drives from Santa Monica to Johnny Rebs' Bellflower location for CFS.


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                estone888 Jun 10, 2008 12:41 PM

                I, and a couple of friends of mine, are partial to the chicken fried steak to be had at Gary Bric's Ramp - at the Fwy ramp for the 5 south at Hollywood Way. Also great burgers and fantastic clams.

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                  SeaCook Jun 10, 2008 04:00 PM

                  The truck stop off of I-10 in Rialto? Onatario? Travel America West. I think the restaurant is calledThe Fork in the Road. It's been there for years and truckers know good Chicken Fried Steak.

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                    paprkutr Jun 12, 2008 10:00 PM

                    Don't laugh but Norms has good cfs.

                    1. Emme Jun 13, 2008 09:24 AM

                      For tradition try
                      Mickey Fine Pharmacy in BH
                      Engine Co 28
                      Barney's Beanery
                      Aunt Kizzy's

                      For lighter ones, less guilt-ridden try
                      Eat Well

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                        neobite Jun 13, 2008 12:38 PM

                        I know this won't help... and yet I have to do it. Months after I first had it and I still can't think of CFS without dreaming of the amazing one I had at Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe in Ojai. It's like a lover I can't get over. Perhaps the most perfect example of the form.

                        Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe
                        328 E Ojai Ave., Ojai CA 93023

                        1. rantsnravesnreviews Jun 14, 2008 12:21 PM

                          I have heard though those who like CFS that Taste of Texas in Covina/Azusa is really good.

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