by Steven Doyle
Today is a day of celebration and joy as we mark the very first official Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. The day’s founder, Jeffrey Yarbrough, said today on this auspicious occasion, “I am honored to have worked closely with restaurateurs Tom Perini and Ralph Sheffield to elevate this savory southern dish that reflects our state history. Besides my wife and kids as the loves of my life, creating the official Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day has been a dream come true and makes me so proud to be a Texan.”
We detailed the storied history of the special occasion yesterday and today we offer a few sizzling hot CFS specials, plus our personal recommendations for a really fine version in the DFW area. With that, go out and enjoy chicken fried steak today and celebrate with us. Please share your favorites not listed.
Social House: Serving a particularly good CFS, Social House is offering their 21-day aged cutlet served with mashed potatoes, green beans & peppered gravy with a Shiner draft beer for $15 – served from 4 pm – 2 am.
Ten Sports Grill: Offering two chicken fried steak dinners for $10, serve with the mashed potatoes and gravy. Ten is a great place to watch the equally hot World Series action and score a very cold beer.
Cowtown Diner: Weighing in at over 4 pounds, the Full ‘O Bull CFS at Cowtown Diner is massive and injected with a calculated 10,000 calories. But this is Chicken Fried Steak Day so calories do not count. If you finish this bad boy along with six pounds of potatoes and nearly a loaf of bread, the $69.95 price tag is waved.
KFC: DFW area KFC’s offer their Wednesday special of a chicken fried steak along with two sides for $1.99. Just saying.
Rathbun’s Blue Plate: Fairly new to the menu, Rathbun offers his Windy Bar Ranch Texas Chicken Fried Steak along with cream cheese garlic mashed potatoes and maple gravy. This is one of the more refined CFS in our area.
Ranchman Café: 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.
Norma’s Café: Both the Dallas Parkway and Oak Cliff locations will be celebrating Chicken Fried Steak Day in tall fashion. The North Dallas location will crown Miss Chicken Fried Steak at 11:30 this morning. Random winners will get free CFS for a year, while everyone ordering the dish today gets a free slice of pie.
Mama’s Daughters Diner: If you haven’t tried this ethereal version of CFS you are missing out. Best served with a side of eggs and loads of gravy.
Allgood Café: The Deep Ellum Mecca of CFS offers their steak simple with a side of mashed and a choice of fresh veggie. Possibly the best in DFW hands down.
Celebration: Celebrating 40 years of good luck and great CFS, this version is palate pleasing and the most requested menu item for the restaurant. Superior eats.
Raven’s Grille: This 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.
Old Mill Inn: The iconoclastic restaurant nestled on its perch in Fair Park is the often forgotten blast from the past that serves a fine CFS in old world surroundings. No lines, no wait.
Mary’s Cafe: Drive 140 miles due west and you can enjoy the best the state has to offer in CFS. Strawn is home to Mary’s Café which serves a pan fired CFS with real cream gravy and French fries. For years there was not a choice of mashed potato, but that has recently been rectified. Monday is all-you-can-eat CFS night. Enjoy.