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13 Great Bets for Chicken Fried Steak in Austin

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Texas's beef obsession runs the gamut from low and slow barbecue to a white-hot seared steak. It even goes so far as to batter that steak and fry it for a delicious chicken fried steak. Similar to wiener schnitzel, chicken fried steak most likely came to be as a result of German immigration to Texas during the mid-1800s combined with the abundance of beef in the area. The steps for making the Southern staple are simple: tender steak, covered in flour or breadcrumbs, drenched in a coating, more flour, and then fried. Add white gravy, and it’s set.

Austin’s best bets for chicken fried steak include Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s commitment to chicken-fry anything, Hoover’s double-portion one, and others. This update adds Pickle House, The Switch, and TLC.

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Hyde Park Bar & Grill

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There’s just the right hint of buttermilk in the crust of Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s chicken fried steak.

Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
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Hoover's Cooking

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For more of a crunchy chicken fried steak, come to Hoover's for its extra crispy yet tender steak, with a smoky bacon gravy. Order the Hoover size for an extra cutlet.

Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
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Shoal Creek Saloon

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The Cajun bar’s take on chicken fried steak comes with creamy pepper gravy.

Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
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Wilder Wood

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For a gluten-free chicken fried steak, head to East Austin restaurant Wilder Wood Restaurant on East 7th Street, where the dish is served with white gravy plus loaded baked potato, garlic toast, and green beans. Again, it’s all gluten-free.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

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The chipotle cream gravy that tops the massive chicken fried steak at Moonshine adds a nice spicy kick to the meal.

TLC Austin

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Of course, the coastal Texas comfort food restaurant in Zilker offers a chicken fried steak, where the breaded ribeye steak is topped with brisket-filled gravy.

Chicken fried steak at TLC
Chicken fried steak at TLC
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Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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The chicken fried steak at Jacoby's isn't anything to be messed around with: the meat comes straight from the family ranch, and it's paired with mashed potatoes and black pepper gravy.

Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
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Jack Allen's Kitchen

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Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s chicken fried steak is made with New York strip and comes smothered in green chile gravy. The kitchen will chicken-fry just about anything, so if steak isn’t your thing, try the pork chop or beef ribs.

Lucy's Fried Chicken

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Lucy’s already knows how to fry chicken to perfection, so that translates well for its chicken fried steak, served with a creamy gravy made with Pearl beer. It can be found at any of the four locations,.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
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The Pickle House

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The pickle-obsessed Southern restaurant in far southwest Austin serves up its chicken fried steak topped with a gravy made up of meat drippings, no pickles involved.

Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

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The Southern/Cajun restaurant's chicken fried steak comes with loaded with cream pepper gravy, french fries, and Texas toast. Even better: you can add a baked potato after 5 p.m.

The Switch BBQ

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The Cajun barbecue restaurant’s chicken fried steak is topped with sausage gravy and paired with mashed potatoes.

Evangeline Cafe

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For a Cajun twist on the southern classic, try Evangeline’s regular chicken fried steak with a spicy cayenne gravy, or embrace the atmosphere and try the chicken fried alligator.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
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There’s just the right hint of buttermilk in the crust of Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s chicken fried steak.

Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
Hyde Park’s chicken fried steak
Hyde Park/Facebook

Hoover's Cooking

Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s Cooking/Facebook

For more of a crunchy chicken fried steak, come to Hoover's for its extra crispy yet tender steak, with a smoky bacon gravy. Order the Hoover size for an extra cutlet.

Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s Cooking/Facebook

Shoal Creek Saloon

Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
Shoal Creek Saloon/Facebook

The Cajun bar’s take on chicken fried steak comes with creamy pepper gravy.

Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
Shoal Creek Saloon’s chicken fried steak
Shoal Creek Saloon/Facebook

Wilder Wood

For a gluten-free chicken fried steak, head to East Austin restaurant Wilder Wood Restaurant on East 7th Street, where the dish is served with white gravy plus loaded baked potato, garlic toast, and green beans. Again, it’s all gluten-free.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

The chipotle cream gravy that tops the massive chicken fried steak at Moonshine adds a nice spicy kick to the meal.

TLC Austin

Chicken fried steak at TLC
Chicken fried steak at TLC
TLC/Facebook

Of course, the coastal Texas comfort food restaurant in Zilker offers a chicken fried steak, where the breaded ribeye steak is topped with brisket-filled gravy.

Chicken fried steak at TLC
Chicken fried steak at TLC
TLC/Facebook

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
Jacoby’s/Facebook

The chicken fried steak at Jacoby's isn't anything to be messed around with: the meat comes straight from the family ranch, and it's paired with mashed potatoes and black pepper gravy.

Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
Jacoby’s chicken fried steak
Jacoby’s/Facebook

Jack Allen's Kitchen

Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s chicken fried steak is made with New York strip and comes smothered in green chile gravy. The kitchen will chicken-fry just about anything, so if steak isn’t your thing, try the pork chop or beef ribs.

Lucy's Fried Chicken

Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
Lucy’s Fried Chicken/Facebook

Lucy’s already knows how to fry chicken to perfection, so that translates well for its chicken fried steak, served with a creamy gravy made with Pearl beer. It can be found at any of the four locations,.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s chicken fried steak
Lucy’s Fried Chicken/Facebook

The Pickle House

The pickle-obsessed Southern restaurant in far southwest Austin serves up its chicken fried steak topped with a gravy made up of meat drippings, no pickles involved.

Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

The Southern/Cajun restaurant's chicken fried steak comes with loaded with cream pepper gravy, french fries, and Texas toast. Even better: you can add a baked potato after 5 p.m.

The Switch BBQ

The Cajun barbecue restaurant’s chicken fried steak is topped with sausage gravy and paired with mashed potatoes.

Evangeline Cafe

For a Cajun twist on the southern classic, try Evangeline’s regular chicken fried steak with a spicy cayenne gravy, or embrace the atmosphere and try the chicken fried alligator.

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