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Jan 4, 2012 11:53 AM

Chicken Fried Steak

A good friend from Texas is pining over some GOOD chicken friend steak in the DC area (the closer to the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market area the better). Can anyone recommend a good place to take him for a special treat?

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  1. Sadly, your friend is SOL. I'm an Okie transplant, and the closest to a native CFS I had in 16 years here were from 1. my ex and 2. Chili's.

    Yeah, Chili's.

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    1. re: JonParker

      I was going to suggest Cracker Barrel. The two attempts at CFS I've made here in DC ( Art & Soul and Tastee) made me sad. Olazzo in Bethesda and Silver Spring has a fried steak with pasta dish that is pretty good as long as you don't expect it to taste like CFS. If you find anything, please report back!

      1. re: iambecky

        In all fairness the Chili's version wasn't too bad. No fried okra on the side though.

        1. re: JonParker

          I'll have to give it a try. I don't even know where the Chillis in DC is. (And I don't mean that in the snobby "not a chain!!" way!)

          1. re: iambecky

            Chili's wouldn't have come to mind for me, either. If you find one, iambecky, please let me know.

    2. They have "Buttermilk Country Fried Steak" on the menu at Ted's Bulletin on 8th St. SE, but I haven't had it myself. It's right in your neighborhood though.

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        Have given Ted's CFS two attempts but can't recommend it even for someone not familiar with a good one. Very, very tough. If you do make it to Ted's, go for a milkshake. They are incredible.

        1. re: RLHarrington322

          Second the poor CFS at Ted's. Instead of chuck they use a thin sirloin, beat it for some reason, and fry it hard. The batter tastes fine, but CFS is designed around a tough, fatty piece of meat that needs to be tenderized, which sirloin is not.

        2. re: woodleyparkhound

          I actually liked the CFS at Ted's -- thought the gravy was good and the batter was crispy, although the meat did leave a little to be desired. But the last (and only) time I had it was over a year ago, so who knows how far in any particular direction it may have gone.

        3. although they don't specifically mention chicken fried steak on the menu, Founding Farmers has a lot of genuine southern dishes on the menu including grits, southern fried chicken with gravy, fried green tomatoes plus other homey dishes like pot pie, lobster mac and cheese, meat loaf etc. food is good

          1. It's more of a bar than a restaurant but the Tune Inn might be an option.

            And for what it's worth, the rooms service menu at the Four Seasons has Chicken Fried Steak.

            1. In DC, District Commons has CFS as their Wednesday night "family meal" special starting at 10 pm.


              It's also on the menu at American City Diner up near Chevy Chase circle. No fried okra though.

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              1. re: crackers

                I'm visiting Oklahoma right now, and today I had CFS with jalepeno gravy that blew me away. It's also a reminder of how sad it is that no one gets it right in the DC area. There's a lot of food I've learned to love since relocating -- you're not going to find good crabs in Oklahoma-- but you lose something in the bargain.

                1. re: JonParker

                  Chicken fried steak seems to be another one of those things like chili and barbecue - nobody likes anybody else's favored version. You can try them all, you can learn to like what you can get, or you can only eat it where you know you like it.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    Yea, but you can get decent chili and bbq in DC that, while it may leave you pining for home, or leave your wallet empty doesn't make you "sad."

                  2. re: JonParker

                    where in Oklahoma? Was it pan-fried or deep fried? that is the real issue, and one with strong partisans on both sides

                    1. re: dcbbq

                      I had two on my trip. One was a classic version at The Red Onion in Madill. The second was an upscale version with jalepeno gravy at Cheevers in OKC. Both were great.