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May 31, 2014 04:44 PM


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 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.