100 Favorite Dishes, No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill

Catherine Downes
This chicken-fried steak is encrusted in potato chips.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

I know Tom's Burgers and Grill is good because I reviewed it almost a year ago and I still lament when I'm driving back to Dallas from Fort Worth at night and it's closed. I know you're thinking that it's just that they serve a free beer or two while you dine. But while I'll always find motivation in a cold glass of Bud, it's the chicken-fried steak I'm really missing.

Tom's cooks break up Ruffles potatoes chips until they're just fine enough to cling to a freshly pounded steak. Then, because this kitchen is filled with all sorts of fancy touches most diners lack, like those perfectly cooked fresh green beans, he tosses the chips with a little fresh parsley.

The results are a salty, jagged and crunchy texture encasing a chicken-fried steak that's like no other. Be sure to order the pepper gravy served on the side so you protect that addictive coating, and make sure you don't get your food slogans mixed up. That whole "Nobody can eat just one" thing is for Lay's, not Ruffles. Try and eat more than one of these chicken-fried steaks and you'll never make it to the end of this list.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher

Location Info

Toms Burgers & Grill

1530 N. Cooper St., Arlington, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Princi Italia has very good, thin, crisp pizza as well.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Ugh!  Chicken fried steak is something I'll never understand.  Now, tempura onion rings... out of this world scrumptious! 


Put Princi italia's 'quattro formaggi' ravioli on your radar.


fried rice la china at mesero miguel ... addicting


Correct me if I'm wrong but Arlington is not in Dallas. Thus has no business on a best of Dallas list.


@P1Gunter Not sure we really want to know the 100th best dish if the list was limited to just Dallas.

scott.reitz moderator

@P1Gunter I know this is in Arlington, but as a Dallasite I find this dish worth the drive. The large majority of dishes will be from restaurants located in Dallas but expect a handful from Richardson, Garland and Plano as well.

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