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Feb 12, 2003 01:24 PM

Texas Chicken Fried Steak

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I don't see any postings on Chicken Fried Steak. I'm on a hunt for the best. So far, I'm ashamed to say, it's in Deadwood, South Dakota in a casino. Please send suggestions. Looking for something that compares to Schubert's in Giddings or the Cottonwood Inn in La Grange.

PS: What's the real difference between chicken fried chicken and fried chicken.


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    David Pearlman

    Best I know is at Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke, which also has the best fried chicken I've ever had.

    Don't know the difference between fried chicken and chicken fried chicken; I've never seen the latter. Since chicken fried steak is steak cooked like fried chicken, I didn't think there could be a chicken fried chicken, just a fried chicken.

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    1. re: David Pearlman

      I'm no expert, but a little cafe that I frequent does have "chicken-fried chicken" on the menu. It's a chicken cutlet - fairly large boneless breast of chicken - treated and prepared like a "chicken-fried steak" and served that way, too, with cream gravy, side of fries or mashed potatoes, etc.

      Does seem silly, doesn't it. But still. If I ordered "fried chicken," I'd expect the regular, bone-in pieces - leg, thigh, breast with bone, wing, etc.

      1. re: ChrissieH

        Not so so silly, though. As discussed above, chicken fried chicken is boneless and thus it's a matter of knife and fork versus the hand held models. It's more of a sit down restaurant item. The real "plus" for me is that you get the fried, crunchy stuff on both sides of the eatable part of the chicken piece. We also do the same thing with boneless thighs at home.

        1. re: ChrissieH

          That's exactly my experience. Chicken fried chicken is usually the boneless breast where fried chicken is the bone in pieces. I would ask for clarification when ordering though to be sure.

        2. re: David Pearlman

          I'm from Texas and never heard of Chicken Fried Chicken until I moved to Georgia.
          I believe the diff in Fried Chicken and CFC is that CFC is a flattened chicken breast that is then fried like CFS.
          Jack C.

        3. There are lots of posts about Chicken-Fried Steak. Just look further down on the Texas thread. There are several places where folks have taken up the chicken-fried debate and discussed it AT LENGTH.

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          1. re: ChrissieH

            now, now chrissie you are well known as a cranky rock goddess (and um, vegetarian?) but play nice with the newbies. you know how many times we get, "whats the best restaurant in times square?" asked over on the manhattan board? ;)

            i liked the cfs at HOOVERS but i do not go for that white gravy stuff on it. i've had it at THREADGILLS too and someplace in hill country maybe BUSBEES BBQ in bandera? maybe i have not tried the greatest examples of cfs i'm not sure from this thread sounds like no. ok, rock on homegirl my wife just saw you at the beacon theater great show-ha!

          2. Chicken fried chicken - boneless chicken breast "chicken fried" but served with cream gravy makes it chicken fried chicken instead of just fried chicken.

            Best I've had to this point is Hoovers on Manor in Austin.

            1. Country Inn in Brenham has best CFS I've had in Central Texas. It is far better than anyplace in Austin. Agree with poster below on Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke (just north of Ft. Worth) near Texas Motor Speedway. Best fried chicken I've had since the Chicken Shack in Waco and Youngblood's in Austin closed...

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              1. re: Howard Coone

                Regarding the Country Inn in Brenham, I whole heartedly (one word?) agree but will go one step further and say it's the best I've ever had anywhere. If you can finish a large portion, you're a better person than I. Hoover's is the best I've had in Austin but not orgasmic. Don't believe what the (Austin)Chronicle says (ROs?...don't waste your time making the trek) or think that Threadgill's CFS is even one tenth as good as it was say 7-8 years ago.

                1. re: Lou

                  Finish a large order, you mean the TWO large steaks? No way, that plate feeds me, my wife and three old with some left over...

                  1. re: Lou

                    I agree that Hoover's isn't the best I've ever had, but is the best I've had in Austin in the last several years. The first time I had CFS at Hoover's, I drove over to Threadgills and threw rocks at the place.

                  2. re: Howard Coone

                    I have never had the CFS at the Country Inn in Brenham but I have had it at the original Country Inn in Somerville and it was fantastic. The small CFS hung off the plate and was perfectly prepared. The place is not fancy but the food was very good.

                  3. West Grey Cafe in Houston used to serve up a fine CFS. I haven't been in years so I don't know what it is like now.
                    On Fridays Langford's has a great CFS as well.
                    For fried chicken you aint lived until you had Frenchy's Cicken on Scott Street near UH.