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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