Best Chicken Fried Steak!
Our weekly visit to Park Ave in Stanton:
We start with the stuffed mushrooms with scallops in a horseradish sauce. Did not work at all for me--bad combo of flavors IMO.
Then we split their new wilted spinach salad served tableside ($5--enough for two!). Delicious--what a value!
Next I enjoyed the best chicken fried steak I've ever had--superb! (they say it's grilled??)($12.95)
Of course we had our $6 martinis and a great 1/2 bottle of Dynomite (I think) cabernet for $16.
Chocolate-berry bread pudding was pretty good. Their homemade vanilla ice cream however is fantastic!
Where do you go for terrific chicken fried steak?
I have found 3 widely spaced places that serve excellent Chicken (Country) Fried Steak.
My favorite, and closest to me is Pann's. La Cinega at La Tijera. 50's diner with good food.
Park and eat in Burbank. Funny hours, so check first.
The Pines, A very old diner on the Pearblossem highway in Palmdale. My GF and I would order and the waitress would holler out to the cook, "POUND TWO!" Shortly we would hear the steaks being pounded. New owners last year but still good. Call first for their hours too.
I have made it successfuly at home. The cut of choice it a ROUND STEAK of good quality. Use a meat tenderizer hammer and pound it good. Not too thin though, about 1/2 to 5/8" thick so start with one somewhat thicker.
Or have the butcher run it thorouh his tenderizer.
--> I prefer the texture of hand pounded though.
I once had a good chicken fried steak at P'SHAW BISTRO, but I'm not even sure it is open anymore (looked closed last time I drove by it).
I agree with Wes that PANN'S makes a great chicken fried steak.
We go to Johnny Rebs for the Chicken fried steak, too. Its not a homemade steak as its frozen and shipped in from Advance Meats in Oklahoma but its the closest thing in the area to a homemade steak. Its good, too.
Pann's CFS isn't bad but its not great. Its never consistent so you never know if you're getting a good meal or not. Sometimes the chicken fried steak is fried to perfection and other times, its greasy.
I've even had the chicken fried steaks at Claim Jumpers. I did not receive a huge, thick steak as mentioned below in K's review. Their steaks are frozen then grilled but they are breaded and come with gravy. They're good but Johnny Rebs has more of a "crunch" to their steaks.
Truxton's in Westchester has CFS on their menu but they only serve it over the weekend. I have yet to try their version. We tried to order one this last Thurday night but the waitress said that they couldn't make it for us. We went to the restaurant to treat a young marine recently posted at Camp Pendelton who loves the meal and was disappointed that he couldn't order it. If anyone tries their steak, let me know please. I'd like to know if its good or not.
Also, BJ's at the Fox Hills Mall has CFS. We haven't tried that either. I think that Dinah's has it on their menu as well. Its just a frozen patty and not that great but then, Dinah's doesn't have the best coffeeshop food around anymore either.
If you're craving a breaded steak and are willing to try a good alternative to the basic gravy-dripping meal, I would like to mention the "milanesa" steak at Casa Gamino at 4937 W. Century Blvd.. The restaurant serves Mexican food and their milanese steak is a large, breaded steak served with freshly chopped onions, tomatoes and parsley on top. They make it fresh each time and its consistently good. It comes with beans and rice, tortillas and a salad so its a filling meal. When we have our chicken fried steak craving and don't feel like driving 30 minutes to Long Beach, we go to Casa Gamino. Its on Century Blvd., directly east off of the 405 freeway.
Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
I know mentioning chain's is taboo-but if Johnny Rebs get's a mention then I'll suggest Claim Jumper's for chicken fried steak. It's a huge, thick, well breaded (stick to the meat crunchy breading)cube steak with great tasting country gravy. I went to Pann's the last time chicken fried steak was talked about and didn't think it was as good as the one they serve at Claim Jumper's.