by Steven Doyle
God love Jeffrey Yarbrough. He is one of the strongest supporters of restaurants in Dallas, and when the man decided that there needed to be a holiday that celebrated what should be our state dish, chicken fried steak, he went to Austin to do something about it. This is why every october 26 we celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day as pronounced by the Texas Legislature.
For most of us we didn’t need a proclamation, but how fun is it that it is all nice and official like. It sort of mandates the fact that we cannot go the day without sampling at least one platter of gravy soaked fried meat.
In honor of this auspicious day we bring you several of our favorite chicken fried steaks in the Dallas area.
Celebration is known for their over-the-top home cooking served with three sides. And if that is not enough, they are eager to refill your plate. The Chicken Fried Steak is legendary at this 41 year old Dallas institution.
Babes Chicken Dinner House is mostly known for their chicken, but we know better. The Chicken Fried Steak is large and in charge and comes with that house-made creamed corn. There are plenty of locations around DFW to grab one of these fried steaks.
Rathbun’s Blue Plate offers a Windy Bar Ranch Texas Chicken Fried Steak along with cream cheese garlic mashed potatoes and jalapeno gravy for some southern fried comfort.
Allgood Cafe has the very best Chicken Fried Steak in Dallas. There, I said it.
Mama’s Daughters Diner celebrates breakfast with Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. As if gravy wasn’t enough to load you up with proper lubrication for this fried plate, the eggs also act as a self-saucing mechanism. And who doesn’t love pie for breakfast?
Raven’s Grille rates high on our hit list for CFS in DFW. The tiny clubhouse at the Texas Star Golf Course in Euless hosts one of the better chicken fried steaks around. The steak is so large it literally hangs off the plate. At $9.95 this is a bargain that could be tackled by a pair of willing souls.
You probably passed by the Old Mill Inn during the State fair of Texas, but you probably weren’t aware that this is a clearinghouse for a fantastic old-school Chicken Fried Steak.
Addison’s Social House is offering their 21-day aged cutlet served with mashed potatoes, green beans & peppered gravy just the way the god of your choice meant it to be. Pretty damned good CFS created by Fort Worth chef Brian Olenjack who consulted on this menu.
Out of Town Guests
The Ranchman Café is formerly known as Ponder Steakhouse, the Ranchman offers a sublime version of the classic CFS. In a 6 or 12 ounce size. Sounds like a date to me. To find Ponder, head to Denton and take a left. Well worth the drive.
Mary’s Cafe in Strawn, Texas will always have a special place in our heart for a true pan-fried version of CFS. There is absolutely everything perfect about this steak that will take you just over an hour to devour if the winds are right and the traffic isn’t hell getting out of the city.
KFC has their Chicken fried Something on sale every Wednesday for a buck 99.
Entry Level CFS
Luby’s Cafeteria offers a hand breaded Chicken Fried Steak that is marginal. The breading doesn’t care to stick to the pounded beef due to improper technique, but it still has a nice flavor.