Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Chicken Fried Steak

When I first started going to diners for breakfast, I started out getting the stereotypical Grand Slam-esque combinations containing eggs, some sort of meat and a syrup-requiring product like pancakes or french toast because they were the cheapest things on the menu other than coffee and blueberry muffins.  Over time, I got tired of eating the same kind of thing all of the time, and was looking for a change.  I had once tried biscuits and gravy, and liked the gravy, but the biscuits I had gotten (from Denny's, mind you) were so dry that I was loathe to try that combination again.

However, I soon found another way to get gravy (without the dry biscuits) - namely, chicken fried steak.  I found that chicken fried steak breakfast combinations usually got served up with eggs, some sort of potatoes and toast, and (usually) plenty of country gravy.  Add in some coffee and I was set!

To this day, chicken fried steak and eggs remains one of my favorite things to have when I go out to eat breakfast.  I use it as a barometer when I try out a new breakfast place - if the chicken fried steak is good, the rest of the menu is probably good as well and I'll be back for more.  My favorite all-time chicken fried steak and eggs can be gotten from The Country Way on Mowry in Fremont, CA.  They only have the homemade to-die-for white country gravy on weekends, and you had better go early, because when they run out that's it!

Oh yes, and before you even have a chance to ask, yes I also am a huge fan of that other breakfast combination with the word chicken in it - namely, chicken and waffles.  But that's fodder for another blog entry.

Now I'm hungry.


  1. But I just cooked us Chicken Arroz Caldo for dinner. LOL

  2. my husband would agree with you on the chicken steak thing---i am more of a waffles(frozen)kind of gal--great post!

  3. You know, I've heard chicken and waffles is amazing, though I haven't tried it myself. I've also never tried chicken steak...looks like I have some catching up to do!

  4. Oh man, now I want some chicken fried steak SO bad! :)

  5. I think I had it once, at a place called The Boot Hill Cafe, in Russell, Kansas, on the trip west in 1989.