Mike Rawlings' Official Proclamation: Today is Chicken Fried Steak Day

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Yesterday, I called Paula Blackmon, Chief of Staff for the city of Dallas, to verify Ed Murph's claim that the city had proclaimed today Chicken Fried Steak Day. It took her a few minutes to find the proclamation, which gave us some time to talk CFS.

"My favorite is my mother's," she told me, when I asked her where I could find the best CFS in town. I'm sure Blackmon's mother's is an exemplary version of the dish, but I pushed for a version that might be more available to the rest of us, who lack loving Texan parents. She plugged Ozona with such enthusiasm as to offer to take me there herself, and then offered the Black Eyed Pea as her back-up option.

I'll let the comment stream turn into a lively argument about where Dallas' best CFS can be found, but first I thought I'd share the original proclamation -- straight from the Mayor's office.

WHEREAS Chicken Fried Steak has been known as a Texas comfort food staple for generations of customers across the state; and

WHEREAS this delicacy is known to satisfy the heartiest of appetites across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex regardless of age, gender or ethnicity; and

WHEREAS comfort food diners, cafes and restaurants from Dallas to Austin, Temple to Wichita Falls are uniting under one dish, one banner and one cause to bring awareness and attention to chicken fried steak; and

WHEREAS Ed Murph, owner of Norma's Cafe, requested to the state of Texas for official recognition for a meal as popular and notable as Chicken Fried Steak; and

WHEREAS, on behalf of the city of Dallas, I extend congratulations to Ed Murph for the years of service he has provided hungry North Texans and for arranging for this day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL S. RAWLINGS, mayor of the city of Dallas, and on behalf of the Dallas City Council, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, October 26, 2011 as

DALLAS CHICKEN FRIED STEAK DAY


in Dallas, Texas, and encourage all citizens to recognize this day and partake of one of the state's most recognized dishes on this day and throughout the year for hearty appetites and satisfied diners everywhere.

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You heard your mayor. We're getting mighty close to lunch time. Everybody must do their part. Y'all go on out there and get fat!


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30 comments
Donjames2011
Donjames2011

Whats with all these fancy nancy restaurants? Norma's Diner on Beltline in Farmers Branch is best in all of Dallas. If you cant get there, any Cotton Patch Cafe will do. Dont be tellin me about no damn yankee cafes.LOL

NewsDog
NewsDog

East College Cafeteria, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.On the menu every Wednesday for lunch for the past 30 + years. CFS, mashed potatoes, cream gravy (from scratch) on both and fried okra.

Don't know if it was the best but it was way above average cafeteria food. 

Ralphy
Ralphy

The above pic shows CFW w/ mac n cheese; that is not the way it is done !

got to have string beans and mashed po's.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I am not a fan of chicken fried steak, but I am a fan of Mayor Mike; so, it's off to Grandy's I go!

twinwillow
twinwillow

I'd marry the ex Mrs. Twinwillow again just for her CFS.

Monny
Monny

Damn it's been a while...now I want some!

Robbie Hamilton
Robbie Hamilton

Gonna have to hit up Po' Melvins in Irving.. mmm  CFS.. ~~~drool

(really the Black Eyed Pea, was her 2nd choice... ummm)

MattL1
MattL1

I guess I might have to wander over to the AllGood today.  Oh well...

ChrisU
ChrisU

can't say i've done alot of research, but when i get the craving, Snookiesand for the love of, don't put an egg on it

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Dammit, I may have to go out and find me one of these today. I'm in Ft Worth, though. May be easier to find out here. 

Nick R.
Nick R.

Gooooodddd Blesss Ammmmeriicaa [sniff], My Hommmeee...

MoronDog
MoronDog

And what is with the green shit on top of the gravy?  That ain't right.

Ralphy
Ralphy

and WTF is with the steamed veggies (squash);  that def ain't texan;  everyone knows squash is a casserole ingredient.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

or going to McDonald's to get a McRib in Memphis.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Grandy's CFS is about like taking a New Englander to Hooters for the clams...

Nick R.
Nick R.

Whoa whoa whoa, hang on. Where can you get it with an EGG on top?

possum
possum

Old Neighborhood Grill in Fort Worth.  You won't be sorry.

NewsDog
NewsDog

You Sir are a yankee.

Texas Our Texas...

twinwillow
twinwillow

That's the way they serve CFS at The French Room.

MattL1
MattL1

You don't bring an egg with you everywhere you go?  For shame...

possum
possum

Also West Side Cafe, my all-time fav in Ft Worth.  All-time fave ever was Sodolak's in Snook.

MattL1
MattL1

Careful Nick, I have a patent pending.

Nick R.
Nick R.

Damn, that's brilliant. Maybe some sort of belt apparatus that delivers eggs like a pez dispenser?

MoronDog
MoronDog

Mary's is terrific.  Why they bother with the shredded lettuce "salad" on the side I have never understood.....

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Yeah, that was JSIB.  He was probably drunk...

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Thanks, I'll try those. 

You gotta try Mary's in Strawn sometime. We talked about it in the other CFS thread. Even had someon back up my claim. Thanks again!

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