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Feb 16, 2006 08:41 PM

[AUS] Chicken-fried Steak in Austin

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Texas Monthly said the best chicken-fried steaks in Austin were at Threadgill's, Freddie's Place, and Tony's Southern Comfort. I've been to (and concur with what appears to be the majority Chowhound opinion on) Threadgill's. I've seen Tony's Southern Comfort get positive mentions from Austin Chowhounds, but haven't been there. Haven't been to or heard much about Freddie's Place.

So, if I'm looking for a good CFS (or two or three) in Austin this Saturday, where should I go? Based on what I've read on this board, it sounds like Tony's Southern Comfort should make the list. Where else?



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  1. I may be in the minority here, but I like the Chicken Fried Steak at Shady Grove.

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    1. re: Mike B
      Seamus Mitwurst

      I was completely unimpressed by the "Best CFS In Texas" (or was that "The World?") at Hill's. It might have been a bad day, but the meat was tough, the crust was very close to burnt and the gravy tasted prepackaged.

      I also concur that Threadgill's, though decent, is far from good.

      I've liked Hoover's every time I've eaten it.

      I liked Freddy's for the atmosphere and the deputized dogs. The food there was decent. I haven't tried it, but I wouldn't count on the CFS to be anything special. Basic Pub Grub kinda place.

      I haven't tried Tony's.

      1. re: Mike B

        It's been a while but I had the green chili version at Shady Grove and I did everything but lick the plate.

        1. re: Mike B

          I have to second this. 'Tis been a long while since I've been to the Grove, but I remember the chicken fried steak was sweeter than Yoohoo.

        2. I concur regarding Tony's Southern Comfort, but not the other two. I'd recommend instead Hoover's or Texicalli Grille.

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            Steve in Austin

            Threadgill's has been below average for at least the past 5 years.

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            1. re: Steve in Austin

              Absolutely agree about Threadgill's - they're phoning it in nowadays. And the staff can be downright rude.

            2. I'd definitely recommend Hoovers, I'd have to agree about Threadgills only being so-so. I've also had a tasty CFS at Hill's Cafe, though I like their burger even more. Mmmmm... hamburger.

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              1. re: SirChowsalot

                Hill's Cafe does a pretty good CFS. And that "yella" gravy is good too.

              2. Another vote for Hoovers.

                I'm looking forward to their new location in North Austin to open soon. Although I may have to buy pants with elastic waists.

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                1. re: Nacho

                  Robert del Grande's Rio Ranch at the Westchase Hilton in Houston does a CFS using ribeye that is to absolutely die for it is so good.