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Apr 22, 2012 11:26 PM

chicken fried steak in texas


I will be in the Austin and San Antonio area next week. Where can I get the best chicken fried steak in these areas? BTW, did Bourdain recently review a BBQ place ?

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  1. I can't point you to a chicken fried steak, but can hit BBQ

    Most likely Bourdain hit JMueller and Franklin in Austin. Franklin is the one getting national, even international, acclaim. They are at a level that it is not even fair to say that one is better than the other. What I like at Franklin is that there is a caramelized flavor to the brisket, like the crust on a great burger. You will get through the line at JMueller much more quickly though. If you choose to go to Franklin, make it a weekday, otherwise you'll spend a ridiculous amount of time in line.

    Sorry, I couldn't help with the CFS. I'm down in SA, so if you have any other requests, just ask.

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    1. re: kindofabigdeal

      Thank you, K.. We will be in SA as well. Can you tell me what I should not miss in SA: authentic mexican, I heard there was an amazing doughnut opp? Thank you again, you seem to know true gastronomy... Mille Grazie, Maria

      1. re: maria franzese This has a good listing.

        I'm not aware of any can't miss doughnut down here. I know there's a gordough's in Austin does donuts people rave about, but I've never been.

        For a can't miss, hmmm... I am more budget conscious than some of the other people around here. I think the Monterrey is one of the absolute best values around. Depending on where you're from, though, it may be old hat.

        When I have time on a Saturday I often just drive till I find a taco joint with Borrego or Cabrito, Lamb or Goat. La Bandera Molina is my go-to. Saturday or Sunday only for those dishes. Mapquest it. Google maps doens't work. I'm not saying they are the best, just my go to.

      2. re: kindofabigdeal

        He visited both of them. Hope there is an Austin show in the future! The new season just started with Croatia. A few pics he took in Austin....

      3. You can't go wrong at Threadgills - big, tender CFS, good gravy, with lots of sides to choose from and a cornbread muffin.

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        1. re: Veggo

          I went to Threadgill's (South) last June, and was seriously disappointed.
          Tough meat, crust fell off, peas undercooked.

          1. re: Veggo

            Threadgill's is kind of hit and miss sometimes. Last time i went (North location, about a year ago) i had a good CFS, and good sides. Actually, i 've usually have a good CFS. Other things (chicken livers), this has not always been the case.
            They have free seconds on sides which is always a plus.

            1. My BIL who loves CFS will drive 45 mins. to Austin for that dish at Moonshine. He and my sister will split one--it's huge--and pay a small surcharge for extra sides.

              1. Also, Austin and SA have their own boards, you might do a search on those too.

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