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Vivador Jimmy Baldwin’s Tune Named Official Song of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day (Video)

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Texas has its own day to celebrate the almighty chicken fried steak and it is on October 26. The day was created by seventh-generation Texan and local entrepreneur, Jeffrey Yarbrough in 2010. Last year there was an addition of “Peace, Love, and Chicken Fried Steak” by Jimmy Baldwin as the day’s statewide anthem performed and filmed at Allgood Café .

Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day came about when Yarbrough realized one of Texas’ beloved food groups was not receiving the recognition it deserved. With the assistance of several other restaurateurs such as State Representative and Las Casas Restaurant (recently closed) owner Ralph Sheffield, Yarbrough was able to get the resolution signed on May 2, 2010 for Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. Continue reading

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A Week of Celebration Honoring Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

cfs jesusby Steven Doyle

We are in celebration mode this week as we seek out the very best Chicken Fried Steaks in the DFW area and around the state of Texas. It is research that is heartfelt, and I am sure our heart is feeling all the fried beef we have consumed for the large list we will present last in the week as we pay homage to Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day.

Chicken-fried steak is a dish in which a cut of beef, usually thin and selected from the round, is breaded and fried. (Occasionally, some restaurants have also cooked a cut of pork.) The method of preparation is similar to that of fried chicken, which explains the name. The Texas staple is most often served with mashed potatoes and covered with cream gravy. Continue reading

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How Jeffrey Yarbrough Grabbed His Place in Texas Chicken Fried History

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Each year we celebrate October 26th as Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, and we do so by one of the state’s sons, Jeffrey Yarbrough.

Yarbrough has a colorful history himself. You may remember Dallas’ original four-clubs-in-one complex, including Art Bar, Blind Lemon, Club Clearview and Red in Deep Ellum, one of Yarbrough’s entertainment feathers.   Continue reading

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The History of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

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Recently I met with Jeffrey Yarbrough, the driving force behind Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, at one of our favorite spots in Dallas for the dish – Allgood Café which is located in Deep Ellum. Joining us for the luncheon was Allgood owner Mike Snider who regaled us with beautiful stories of music, Deep Ellum, Terlingua, and of course Chicken Fried Steak It was a historic Texas day. It is easy to see why so many flock to the tiny café for their fried steak fix when in Texas, and many have over the years.

Of course we took a tour of the kitchen and found part of the secret to the delight of the Allgood CFS. Snider uses beef tenderloin for make his thick slab. It is well seasoned, and battered before deep frying, which always makes for great dining.  Continue reading

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How To Celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

by Steven Doyle

God love Jeffrey Yarbrough. Yarborough 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 proclaimed 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.        Continue reading

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Cedars Social Under New Ownership

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Restaurateur and long-time hospitality industry expert Jeffrey Yarbrough took over The Cedars Social alongside Chad Boyle, his former business partner at Liberty Noodle. The two have brought together an all-star team to run and revitalize the bar including restaurant and night club veterans Michael Morris of 2826 and Martini Ranch, Dirk Kelcher and Mark Kelcher of Ron’s Place and General Manager Jeremy Poyo. Original barman Michael Martensen will remain a founding partner.

This team alongside land developer Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest feels that as a part of the Southside community, it is their duty to keep one of the most highly-rated cocktail bars and restaurants Dallas has ever seen alive. They look forward to bringing The Cedars Social back to its fullest potential.   Continue reading

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Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin

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The exciting prohibition days of Dallas and Fort Worth where bootleggers and speakeasy’s took over the social scene come back to life with a modern twist in Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough’s new book, “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” released this month by History Press. Discover Dallas and Fort Worth’s notable mixologists and their take on classic cocktails that will send readers back to the 1920s and allow them to take a deeper look into Dallas and Fort Worth’s past.        Continue reading

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