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Chicken Fried Steak?

MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 10:27 AM

I'm a native Texan and have given up trying to find authentic Southern food here (looking forward to trying Hungry Mother though). However, a friend is looking for good chicken fried steak and I have to admit, I have no idea where to find it around here. Any recommendations for a restaurant serving authentic (ish) chicken fried steak?

I checked the Texas Roadhouse menu, about the caliber of restaurant I'd expect to serve it, and no dice. Any pointers appreciated!

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    fantundo RE: MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 10:31 AM

    I like the chicken fried steak at Deluxe Town DIner. I'm a New Englander so can't compare it to the real thing, but it has tasty gravy and isn't greasy (on a relative scale for chicken fried steak). They have an excellent choice of sides that go with it.

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      Ralphie_in_Boston RE: fantundo Sep 9, 2009 10:49 AM

      I have tried, and enjoyed it at DTD as well, but it was pointed out on an older thread that they use the incorrect gravy. I personally like brown OR white gravy so it didn't bother me any.

      I won't suggest Cracker Barrel as an alternative ;)

    2. jgg13 RE: MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 10:50 AM

      Texas roadhouse does have it, I think they list it as "country fried". At least the one up north of boston does.

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        lowbuckbob RE: jgg13 Sep 9, 2009 11:04 AM

        The Texas Roadhouse in Brockton also has it.

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          scratchie RE: lowbuckbob Feb 11, 2010 10:38 AM

          Another vote for the Texas Roadhouse in Everett. It's real hard for me to order anything else when I go there. But of course, I'm a Mass. native, so I could be eating crap and not know it. (Also, I prefer mine with brown gravy and didn't love the white gravy @ TRH).

          Texas Roadhouse
          31 Mystic View Road, Everett, MA 02149

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            nasilemak RE: scratchie Feb 12, 2010 12:29 PM

            The version served at the Everett spot is a disappointment. The cut of meat is too thin.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: nasilemak Feb 12, 2010 12:38 PM

              How thin is too thin?

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                nasilemak RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 12, 2010 03:12 PM

                A quarter of an inch and that included the breading.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: nasilemak Feb 12, 2010 04:08 PM

                  That's not entirely unreasonable. Remember, CFS is a direct descendant of schnitzel, via the German and Czech immigrants into central Texas in the 1800s, so thin is actually good. But more like a third to a half an inch.

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                scratchie RE: nasilemak Feb 12, 2010 01:37 PM

                Actually, one time when I was there, they gave me something that looked like basically a typical smallish sirloin battered and fried. Normally it is much thinner (which I don't mind), but they might do a thicker cut if you asked them.

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          heavydee RE: MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 11:05 AM

          I saw chicken fried steak on the menu for one of their "Sunday Suppers" at Tupelo in Cambridge. I didn't try it, even though I am obsessed with it, because I felt compelled to try their fried chicken first (it was worth it). Therefore, I can't vouch for its quality or authenticity, other than to say that I've consistently been happy with my food from Tupelo. I'd suggest calling ahead to see if it'll be on their Sunday menu one of these days.

          1. MenuPorn RE: MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 11:54 AM

            Thanks everyone. I am particular about the gravy but not sure my friend is.

            Tupelo sounds amazing!

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              winecafe95 RE: MenuPorn May 4, 2010 08:06 PM

              MenuPorn...just came back from Bryan, TX and had CFS @ the Longhorn Cafe....WOW. Nothing like it up here...but I'd try Tupelo!

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              phatchris RE: MenuPorn Sep 9, 2009 02:04 PM

              I feel like they have/had it on the menu at Deep Ellum.

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                BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: phatchris Sep 9, 2009 03:17 PM

                Yes, but it's nothing special there. I wouldn't recommend it. Deluxe Town Diner's was okay, not great.

              2. dchow RE: MenuPorn Sep 11, 2009 07:05 AM

                i had my last boston-area chicken-fried steak at chili's, a dallas-based chain . . . and i'm a native dallasite. it's not the best, but there was a bit of childhood nostalgia eating it there . . . and then walking out into the copley mall (hey, it's easy to get to!). i've only made it in my own kitchen before that -- but now i will have to at least check out the deluxe town diner.

                1. Aromatherapy RE: MenuPorn May 4, 2010 06:40 AM

                  I was passing by Supreme Kitchen on Highland in Somerville last weekend and noticed chicken-fried steak on the menu. In fact they had a special of CFS with sausage gravy and biscuits, which sounds a bit much, but that's another thing folks have been seeking.

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                    sysco kid RE: MenuPorn May 4, 2010 09:04 PM

                    I've tried the CFS at Deluxe Diner as well.
                    The waitress said it was Angus beef - As a native of N. Carolina I'd give it a 8.5 out of 10

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