Pounded tender. Floured and deep fried to a golden brown. Served under a warm bed of gravy alongside a hearty pile of mashed potatoes. Few things are as glorious or all-American as a well-prepared chicken fried steak. Momma's kitchen aside, here are some of the best places across the nation to sit down and fill your belly with the ultimate comfort food.
10. Cowtown Diner - Fort Worth, Texas
Go big or go home. You can order the tasty regular portion off the menu, or, if you call a day in advance, you can attempt the Full O'Bull Platter: four pounds of gravy-smothered friend chicken, along with six pounds of mashed taters and 10 slices of Texas toast. It's free if you can eat it all by yourself.
9. The Brooklyn Star - Brooklyn, New York
The Brooklyn Star is the Big Apple's best southern fried dining spot, and it's home to a delicious chicken fried steak. They call it a "country-fried steak", but you'll call it delicious. Be sure to wash it down with a cold Shiner Bock to feel like you've just found a little slice of Texas where you least expected.
8. Jongewaard's Bake-N-Broil - Long Beach, California
The food is much easier to swallow than the name. This joint offers the best chicken fry in the Los Angeles area. Add the bonus of fine pies served at the in-house bakery and you'll waddle away mighty dang happy.
7. The Blue Plate - Dothan, Alabama
Two words: brown gravy. At this delectable Alabama eatery, you can choose from the standard cream gravy, but we recommend the meatier and richer brown gravy. Choose the latter and revel in a tender steak and gravy duo that will sing to your taste buds.
6. Relish Café & Bar - Raleigh, North Carolina
Chicken fry and gourmet go hand-in-hand at this Raleigh hotspot. After you've had your fill of the tasty chicken fried steak, scope out the restaurant's market and take home some of the flavor home.
5. The Mason Jar - Colorado Spring, Colorado
The Mason Jar is down home cooking close to the mountains. The Mason Jar claims to have sold over a million of their chicken fried steaks and if so there are a million happy diners out there.
4. Rooster's - Jackson, Mississippi
There's plenty to crow about Rooster's chicken fried steak. Try the red beans and rice for a savory side dish and the banana pudding as a sweet ending to a cock-a-doodle delicious meal.
3. Clanton's - Vinita, Oklahoma
This legendary Oklahoma café has served up chicken fried steaks since 1927 and has been featured on TV shows and in countless magazines. Try the calf fries as an appetizer.
2. The 5 Point Café - Seattle, Washington
Looking for a chicken fry 24 hours a day? The 5 Points Café serves up a delicious chicken fried steak, and they have brown gravy. This is the kind of place that takes multiple plates to serve your meal.
1. Gristmill River Restaurant - Gruene, Texas
Under the water tower and nestled right next to the river this scenic place is just up the road from the famous dancehall Gruene Hall in central Texas. Dance the night away after you've satisfied your taste buds.