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How Jeffrey Yarbrough Grabbed His Place in Texas Chicken Fried History

jeffrey1by Steven Doyle

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 Chuckwagon Master Grady Spears Serving Up Chicken Fried Goodness

horseshoe1by Trey Moran

It’s been well over a year since I caught up with Fort Worth icon Grady Spears but it seems like things at his chicken fried steak centric Stockyards café, Horseshoe Hill, are going well. He’s still serving up chicken fry 5 different ways:   Continue reading

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The History of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

DSC09328by Steven Doyle

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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There’s Something About Mary’s Cafe

by Steven Doyle

As we continue to celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day we wanted to pay homage to the very best Texas has to offer. To find Mary’s Cafe  you will need to barrel west on I20 to Strawn, Texas. Strawn is about 90 minutes from Dallas, but well worth the drive.  This made our jumbo list of CFS, and once you savor the flavor you will understand why.

One a recent visit we pulled in curbside 30 minutes before Mary opened her doors, but were invited in none the less once she spotted us sitting in our car. Our waitress was busy making her tables ready and offered up a tall glass of iced tea she had just brewed, and that took some of the road dust off our palates as we stared down the menu.          Continue reading

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Get Ready To Celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

by Jennifer Thomas     photo by Steven Doyle

The tastiest holiday of the year is upon us – Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. The official Texas holiday celebrates the soul food of the Lone Star state with restaurants across the state participating by offering chicken fried steak specials, entertainment and a whole lot of chicken fried every year on October 26.

In 2011, Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day Founder and bigInk PR CEO Jeffrey Yarbrough worked to have October 26 officially recognized as Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. On May 30, 2011, State Representative Ralph Sheffield, Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Chief Clerk Robert Haney signed the resolution proclaiming the holiday.      Continue reading

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