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Looking for somewhere to take dad for fathers day. He is a connoisseur of chicken fried steak/country fried steak and is convinced nowhere this side of the rockies can get it right (so far hes pretty much right)
So looking for somewhere to take him so he can get a standout chicken fried steak to make him feel like hes back at home again.

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  1. The Pines on pearl blossom hwy.

    Nuff said.

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        1. re: kevin

          Nope. Ground beef there. Possibly frozen not sure

          1. re: jessejames

            It may be frozen but it's not ground beef...

            1. re: wienermobile

              It's not good I'll say that but that's my opinion. I would order something else there.

              1. re: jessejames

                Agreed. I love Pann's but the CFS was pretty mediocre. I keep hearing that the version at the Pacific Diner in San Pedro rocks. I thought the one I had at The Kettle http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7749... in Manhattan Beach was pretty darn good. I wonder how it is at S&W Diner in Culver City?

                1. re: Servorg

                  Just looked at S & W's online menu. The last item on their "build a breakfast" is two eggs with "country fried steak." No mention of gravy. Think it is a chicken fried steak? It does not seem to be listed on their lunch menu...

                  I checked the online menu for Cafe 50s in W.L.A. -- there is indeed a chicken-fried steak listed under Blue Plate Specials (available after 4 p.m.) for $11.95 including sides. I've had surprisingly good food there, and there are often discounts available for seniors at certain times and other reductions available online.

        2. re: kevin

          The Pines has indeed been closed for a few years and thus gone are the best chicken-fried steak & biscuits around. The pancakes, ribeye and 'Pine Burger' were pretty wonderful too!

          1. re: sel

            That's a shame! Wish I had known about it when it was around, sounds like a great place

          1. They used to have a pretty good one at Rae's in Santa Monica but I have not been there in years. They did have a wonderful homemade sausage gravy.

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              1. re: jessejames

                Saw a fellow diner having this this morning. I would say positives are real steak and white gravy. But this sucker was less than half an inch thick breaded and essentially hand sized. I would not make a special trip

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Went to Rae's on Pico in Santa Monica this morning and had the their Chicken Fried Steak with three eggs, toast & potatoes for $7.99 + 35 cents more biscuits. Is it a greasy spoon? Yes. Did it taste good? Boy It sure did. If I ate this often I'm sure it would kill me, but once every 10 years is just fine. Cash only.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    for 8 bucks looks pretty great. nice job

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Thanks for the report -- that's one bargain breakfast!

                  2. Hate always to suggest but....saddleranch?

                    1. Any one tried the one at The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown LA?

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        I have to ask my Dad but we have been there a couple of times with him so he may have already had it.

                        Would be interested if someones tried it and could vouch for it

                        1. re: Jessattacks

                          I think ground beef and brown gravy there

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          On my last visit to the Pantry I had their CFS. It was worse than horrible. I'll never go back there again. And I had eaten there at least 100 times before they went into a serious decline.

                          Their gravy was white, thick and tasted awful. It may as well been wallpaper paste. Ugh!

                          Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro serves a decent CFS.

                          1. re: Sam D.

                            Very disappointed to here about the Pantry ! Thanks for letting me know

                          2. re: wienermobile

                            Not great, but good. Potatoes were too meh to finish. Pic from Memorial Day wknd.

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                Yes, but Yahagi likes to call it "wiener schnitzel".

                                It's really good, however. Really.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Not so sure about this one. Wiener schnitzel is similar to country fried steak but not the same beast. Is it served with gravy?

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      But then need to talk about all the great mileneses too. I do love that dish at Spago tho.

                                2. re: wienermobile

                                  Did ipse talk them into putting gravy on his Weiner Schnitzel one night?

                              2. Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro, though maybe not for a CFS connoisseur, but good diner fare.


                                1. I may need to clarify-
                                  it needs to be NOT frozem
                                  served with "country" gravy (white gravy)
                                  bonus points if it comes with/they have good biscuits

                                  1. Mussso & Frank's at one time offered a pounded steak with country gravy.
                                    It does not currently appear on their menu, but I would be surprised if they could not accommodate a request.
                                    I have enjoyed this dish at Musso's many times in the past.
                                    Give them a call on Tuesday and see if they can help you out.

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                                    1. re: CastironJim

                                      Did it have a "fried chicken" type battered outer covering?

                                      1. re: CastironJim

                                        I just checked with Musso & Frank and sad to say the pounded steak is off the menu and is no longer prepared. (It was pounded and pan fried, probably not
                                        breaded but that's a moot point now. The creamy gravy was really good. No biscuits. )

                                        1. re: CastironJim

                                          yeah, i remember seeing it on the musso's menu a few years back and then it disappeared from the menu if you can believe.

                                          damn, now i completely missed the boat on the pounded country steak though the grenadine of beef is a small consolation prize.

                                          and so are the martinis.

                                          interestingly enough, they now serve cheeseburgers and french dip sandwiches which they never did before.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            they have a beef cutlet curry at hurry curry...I generally go for the chicken one, but worth a shot...

                                        1. re: orythedog

                                          For a long time, Chili's did the best version out here. But the last time I got it, it came out burnt and they had the nerve to serve it to me. To make matters worse, the manager would not let me order the same thing and just bring me another one. He made me order something else! I wanted CFS, asshole! THAT left a very bad taste in my mouth, so I have not been back. However, this is very clearly an isolated incident and the CFS had always been good in the past (although, I loved the cracked pepper gravy they served it with several years ago). The plate changed about 7 years ago.
                                          I have had the version at Gaffey Street in San Pedro and do not remember being impressed. Also the one at Jongewaard's Bake & Broil (drove from Arcadia just to try it) left A LOT to be desired.
                                          I had some great versions in NM last month. Definintely nothing out here touches it, which is strange, since in theory it does not seem that difficult.
                                          I have seen Alton Brown's recipe for it - maybe you can surprise good ol dad and cook it for him! ;-)
                                          I would love to know what your dad's favorites are since I am always on the lookout for decent CFS.

                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                            Ah yes! Chili's use to be the spot for chicken fried steak! I think its the breading that made it so good but the quality at our local has gone down in the past few years. It's always soggy or overcooked or over salted or just generally bad.
                                            He honestly can not find anything okay. He always asks " is your chicken fried steak California style." meaning frozen or ground beef. Typically after the server looks annoyed and then they admit to being one or both.
                                            May have to look into that recpie

                                        2. I have a deep tolerance for CFS of almost any quality, so long as the gravy is good and the bread + potato accompaniments are too. I've enjoyed the one at Harry's on San Fernando in Burbank, but only as a breakfast platter: the hashbrowns are very good, but the mashed potatoes on the dinner version are beyond vile. The very best I've eaten unfortunately is not in LA County – it's at Henri's in Oxnard. Excellent REAL mashed potatoes, gravy, seasoned Texas toast and lovely crunchy fried steak.

                                          I do a pretty good one, but just for me!

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                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                            ;-) I will have to get out to Henri's, then!

                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                              We discovered it because when we go north we like to go down to PCH via Malibu Canyon and then up through Oxnard. Henri's is at the bend in PCH/Oxnard Blvd, just across the intersection. Oldish diner. We always stop there now. It's a lot like Pann's in that it serves ordinary food prepared carefully and well, except that Henri's vegetables are better. I could actually stop there just for the broccoli and carrots!

                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                Good to know, Will. We also drive up PCH when heading to points north from home in the Palisades, and are making a coastal run in 2 weeks. I think I may lobby the boss to have breakfast at Henri's.

                                          2. I'm not a fan of chicken fried steak but ALWAYS order it at The Crooked Duck in Long Beach (PCH/Clark) the owner used to own Cafe 50's on Santa Monica in WLA. It seriously is sooo good!!!!!

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                                            1. re: loreeLB

                                              wow, that's the guy that owned cafe 50s ????? that's news to me.

                                              1. re: loreeLB

                                                Oooh, I just took a look at Crooked Duck. Might need to try that next time we're in LB. A little pricier than what we usually go for, but still reasonable. I'm a little put out that the PDF menu is from October 2012 …

                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                  so maybe you'll have to add about 50 cents to 1 dollar to the price.

                                                1. re: orythedog

                                                  jessattacks dad is probably right because our best candidates are in chains: claim jumper, chilis, dupars, norms

                                                2. Not quite LA, but my favourite OC country fried steak (served as a special, not on their regular menu) is @ Early Bird in Fullerton.

                                                  1. The Taylor's in La Canada has country fried steak. Has anyone else tried it? I like it!! I'm a big fan of Taylor's. Last time I went, the Koreatown branch did not have it, but that could have changed. I just plain love Taylors: best value for a great steak dinner -- great Molly salad and good steak. If you wanna feel like Mickey Cohen may come in and shoot you, go to Koreatown. It has history! If you want a slightly more upscale (read clean, less dark, newer) look of the same thing, go to La Canada! I love them both.