Chicken fried steak is every Texan’s dream meal so it is no surprise that in the Lone Star State they know how to serve theirs up pippin’ hot, smothered in cream gravy, and with sides that will make your taste buds sing with glee.
Here are our picks for the top 8 places to let your inner Texan indulge in the best crispy, tender chicken fried steaks in this great state. So, pack up your truck and take a trip with us as we explore the best of the Lone Star State.
1. Austin: Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill’s decadent chicken fried steak boasts a spicy, chipotle cream gravy and is big enough to make its way to the top of our best in Texas list.
Be sure to visit them on Sunday for their brunch buffet featuring this delight, as well as, other stick-to-your-rib Southern favorites, and one of the best Bloody Marys in Austin.
2. New Braunfels: Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar
I’ve been going to the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar since I was a little girl and it is by far one of the best places in the Lone Star State to sink your teeth into a hearty meal of chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.
All of which are, of course, smothered in a hearty, old-fashioned-style cream gravy.
3. Fort Worth: Horseshoe Hill Café
Horseshoe Hill Café features five different ways to let your hungry inner Texan indulge in chicken fried steak.
Have your steak fried up and topped with and ancho cheese enchilada sauce, chili gravy and a fried egg, or keep it classic with peppered cream gray. Any way you indulge you won’t leave disappointed—or hungry.
4. Galveston: Miller’s Seawall Grill
Located on the Seawall since 1976, this Galveston Island hallmark has been serving up their chicken fried steak with two eggs your way and crispy hash browns.
At Miller’s Seawall Grill, breakfast is served all day every day, so what better way is there to have your chicken fried steak and eat it too, than by covering it with cream gravy and perfectly runny egg yolks?
5. Houston: Pappy’s Café
This down-home Southern delicacy is topped with a rich cream gravy, and is paired with velvety mashed potatoes and your choice of house or Caesar salad.
Pappy’s Café is every Houstonian’s favorite spot to fill their bellies with some good ol’ country cookin.’
6. Dallas: Ellen’s Southern Kitchen and Bar
Ellen’s Southern Kitchen and Bar features a chicken fried steak with perfectly spiced cream gravy that is the stuff every Texan’s dreams are made of.
Pair yours with their rich mashed potatoes, bacon-laced green beans, and a caramel macchiato that rivals a certain, very popular, coffee chain.
7. Abilene: Skeet’s Texas Grill
At Skeet’s Texas Grill they don’t skimp on the food or the flavor, and every meal on their menu will fill you up without emptying your wallet.
Their chicken fried steak is served up as big as the state of Texas itself, covered in velvety white gravy, and comes with a huge baked potato with all the fixin’s—I’d be shocked if you left hungry.
8. Midland: Scotty’s Soul Food and BBQ
Make your way to this local-loved hot-spot for a delicious meal of chicken fried steak covered in Scotty’s Soul Food and BBQ’s signature cream gravy.
Be sure to snag a basket of their corn bread and a side of their braised collard greens to round out this Southern meal with some Soul Food flare.