Happy Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day: City of Ate (and Friends) Pick the Best Spots

Categories: Chewing the Fat

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foodbitch
Gluten Free Chicken Fried at Company Cafe
Ladies and Gentlemen, Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day is upon us. Today is the one day you can indulge without guilt, as it is clearly a national holiday that should be celebrated. Because America.

See also:
- 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 54: CFS At All Good Cafe
- Peace, Love and Chicken-Fried Steak Day

Here in town, there's the standard Black Eyed Pea version; Bone Daddy's slutty version; Matt's, which has multiple kinds of CFS with different toppings depending on how fat-venturous you are feeling; and Mecca's is the one everyone tells you to get "next time" when you leave there unimpressed.

All Good Cafe's, Ozona's and "my grandma's" are some of our Facebook fans' favorites. But I thought you might be curious as to where your friends at City of Ate (and some friends of City of Ate) get their CFS on. So here they are, all tenderized, dredged, deep-fried and slathered with gravy for you:

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All Good Cafe
All Good Cafe's Chicken-Fried Steak was on our 100 Favorite Dallas dishes
Sara Blankenship: "Babe's is pretty fat-tastic. They don't have a menu, so ordering it requires zero decision making. Not only is it the size of an iPad, but it comes with never ending mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits, chicken fried steak's two best friends. Those three, they're always shopping for elastic pants together. Which happens to be an integral part of the dress code at Babe's."

Lauren Drewes Daniels: "Tillman's in Oak Cliff. Their CFS is pretty good. And here's a Road Trip CFS: Mary's in Strawn (west of Fort Worth) is supposed to have the best CFS ever in the galaxy."

Catherine Downes: "Lucky's on Oak Lawn! They have a totally delicious thing called the Truckers Breakfast. It's chicken fried steak served with eggs. And Prairie House, up near Denton."

Jesse Hughey: "Norma's chicken-fried steak plate is the ideal comfort-food dinner. It's not a really nice cut you'd get at an upscale place like Tillman's, but it's not tough and chewy and it's not soft like processed school cafeteria CFS. It's cheap and comes with not two but three sides so you can fool yourself into thinking you're offsetting it with something healthy like grease-soaked green beans or buttery carrots -- or just have an enormous plate covered with various shades of beige. They have, on special occasion, covered it with chili that was even better than their gravy, which it pains me to say isn't the greatest gravy on earth. If they're not doing that for CFS day, they should."

Nick Rallo: "Babe's. You can't beat Sam Sifton's words."

Alice Laussade: "Sorry, I'm not a big CFS orderer, ever since the events of Bee Gee's in 2008."

Gavin Cleaver: "I guess, I can safely say that Texas Land & Cattle's chicken fried steak was better than anything any of the other guys are proposing, even though I only bought it because I was too cheap for a proper steak. I only go to TX L&C for the delicious, warm, fresh bread they serve before the appetizers. That is shit-your-britches delicious. Although, once, when we went as family, all of our steaks were so delicious we each took a bite of our steaks and then just held each other for several minutes. Steaks in Britain aren't very good."

foodbitch: "Company Cafe has managed to create a plate where steak is chicken-fried, topped with jalapeño gravy and surrounded by a decadent sweet potato mash and crisp green beans. And about two-thirds of the way through, you remember that it's gluten free. You consider sarcastically asking for a side of gluten. You can't. Because you can't stop eating the thing."

Yeah, I just quoted myself. What!

Next: friends of City of Ate let us know their picks.


Location Info

Venue

Map

All Good Cafe

2934 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Company Cafe

2104 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Norma's Cafe

1123 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucky's Cafe

3531 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
gmgriffin1046
gmgriffin1046

The best two in my book ever are Mary's in Strawn and Western Skies in San Angelo. None finer than these two places for Chicken Fried Steak plus onion rings at WS are fantastic

todd
todd

Cowboy Style CFS at Angry Dog, covered in chili, cheese, and jalapenos.  Ignore the pissers and moaners about the beans in chili, it's a worthy gut bomb.    

robertwhitneykelly
robertwhitneykelly

Mary's is indeed the most righteous all CFS.  I always call ahead and order since awesomeness takes forever,,,

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

See that L double D already sang the praise of Mary's (that methinks I suggested to her), and somebody in the comments mentioned Ranchman Cafe..took a customer there on Wednesday..still as good as ever...so I reckon I'm not needed up in here today.  I got one that isn't quite as far a drive from Dallass, Boo Rays out in Hudson Oaks serves up a pretty dang good one, and their gravy (w andouille) will blow your mind the eff out of your CFS eating heads.  Jake and Dorothy's in Stephenville is known for the CFS and pies, good to quite good. 

LDR4
LDR4

Ranchman Cafe aka Ponder Steak House.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

The ex-Mrs. Twinwillow made the best CFS dinner on earth!

 

It's still the only thing I miss about being ball & chained to her. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Babe's; but why waste a good piece of chicken by dredging it in flour, and deep frying it?  Then completely humiliate the chicken by SMOTHERING said chix in nasty country gravy.  Just go Parm!  When my wife's orders this, I just look over and it's a freakin' swollen, and turbulent mess.  I mean, the CFS is all torn apart, and splattered with all manner of white gravy, green bean (yes, singular) and some sharp yellowish sh+t that formerly wasn't even on the plate. Then I feel like I'm in a truck stop west of Tallahassee, where everyone wear's bib overalls, and fights wildlife all day. 

 

Eating CFS in public is akin to eating ribs at a wedding. 

 

 

ps-Is Eric Nicholson foobitch?  Is Merkie or Broken Groin/Shoulder fooddick?

johnah2
johnah2

Tillman's lunch CFS is like 3 one inch cubes of CFS. I hope their dinner portion is an actual steak. Unimpressed for $14.00. Still haven't tried All Good's or Babe's CFS yet. Ozona's CFS is good and Matt's was AWESOME but haven't been to their relocated spot in Lakewood yet. Everything at Norma's is good! And The Dixie House is TERRIFIC!! Sometimes I commit heresy at the Dixie House and have BROWN gravy over my CFS & mashed potatoes.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

I feel like I should point out I was being flippant and the TXL&C CFS is the only CFS I have ever eaten. Although, I am right.

Nictacular
Nictacular

LDD knocks it out of the park again!Mary's in Strawn is the only reason I've been back to Abilene in years. If I can't stop there...I ain't going back. 

danielslauren
danielslauren

 @Joshsbrokendisqus Perhaps. Couldn't really remember. So, I'm going to be around Burleson for an extended amount of time Sunday (my son just keeps winnin' baseball tournaments). Got any suggestions for a family-style dinner. Anything. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @Twinwillow It's a sad fact of life that sometimes healthy tissue needs to be excised along with the tumor for the greater good of the patient.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

 @GavinCleaver

 thanks for being honest about TXLC the steak i can afford and it really is good but not hip enough to get any love around here.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

 @ChrisYu Thanks man, we're not all millionaires like Nick, eating at Babe's every night and wiping his chicken-covered mouth with $100 bills

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