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Best Chicken Fried Steak In Dallas / Fort Worth

April 12, 2011 12:22 AM

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Chicken Fried Steak

A Chicken Fried Steak order from Massey’s in Fort Worth

The debate over how Chicken Fried Steak came to be may be as old as Texas itself. And North Texas is no stranger to everyone’s favorite piece of battered and fried cube steak, and you will have no problem finding it on the menus of dives, chains, gastropubs and even some fine dining establishments. But we’re not “talkin'” fancy here.  No sir (or ma’am).  This is a list of just a few places where Chicken Fried Steak (and required delicious gravy) is a staple of the menu.
circlegrill Best Chicken Fried Steak In Dallas / Fort Worth

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Circle Grill

3701 N. Buckner Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 327-4140

The Circle Grill is exactly the place you want if you are driving along Interstate-30 and really want the ‘diner experience’.  Just north of the highway along Buckner Boulevard, their Chicken Fried Steak is the ultimate in comfort food.

Kel’s Kitchen

Multiple locations including:
5337 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 458-7221

The folks at Kel’s say the restaurant is Home cookin’ worth leavin’ home for, and you can’t argue with a place that has been around since 1963.  The restaurant has been a staple along the Dallas North Tollway for years, and like all good diners, their Chicken Fried Steak is the cornerstone of the menu.

mecca Best Chicken Fried Steak In Dallas / Fort Worth

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The Mecca

10422 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 352-0051

Many people at Southwest Airlines will be disappointed to find The Mecca on any ‘Best Of’ lists, only because they want to keep it their secret.  The name says all you need to know about the restaurant, which claims to have been ‘waking Dallas up since 1938.’  The Chicken Fried Steak, much like the  nearby airline, is all about the love.

massey Best Chicken Fried Steak In Dallas / Fort Worth

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Massey’s — CLOSED

1805 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110

This one breaks our hearts. After decades as a Fort Worth institution, Massey’s closed in February, 2011. It had been open since 1947. The Massey family started leasing the restaurant to a tenant in 1997, but by 2011 the tenant could not make the rent payments anymore. Massey’s, you will be missed.

Dixie House Cafe

6200 East Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth , TX 76112
(817) 451-6180

Not to be confused for the Dallas restaurant that gave the world the Black Eye Pea chain, this Fort Worth-area micro-chain has taken the diner global (or at least, across Tarrant County). The five locations offer daily specials that always include a Chicken Fried Steak option.

Cowtown Diner

305 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-9555

A newcomer to Fort Worth, the Cowtown Diner calls Sundance Square home. The restaurant offers what they call the “world’s largest chicken fried steak”. And if you eat all of the 64 oz. monster (along with mashed potatoes, a salad and all the other fixings) it’s free.  Not for the faint of heart (literally) but the smaller, more reasonable version of the CFS is certainly worth checking out.

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  • Tom

    This just can’t be! The best of nothing is in Dallas! Chiecek fried steak may be a little objective, but you’ve missed some really good choices, like The Paris Coffe Shop’s offering! Try a few more places on the Best and West side of the metromess!

  • Bobby

    Are you kidding me, i have eaten at all but one of these locations. There CFS do not come pare to Poor melvins, or good eats. These reviews must be paid advertisements and a waste of time to those of us who really know where a great chicken fried steak is found.

  • Evelyn

    Arlington Steak House!!! Yum…

  • karen

    I still like “Babe’s”. Their gravy is to die for!!

    • Colby

      Killer gravy. You can taste the roux so well in it. It’s obviously homemade daily.

  • C Bauer

    The best WAS at Alamo City Grill in Plano, which is now closed. They used a cut from the strip and cubed it several times over. It had a perfect beefy flavor, was fork tender, and the batter they used fried up perfectly crispy every time. I think it was $10.99 with 2 sides included. God, I miss that place!

  • shadeofafreeway

    I miss Good Eats. Are there any around still? They get my vote with Babe’s a close second.

    Don’t bother with Duke’s Roadhouse in Addison though. That’s a BIG cf steak but it’s more batter than meat…which, oddly, sums up the waitstaff as well.

  • derek

    dixie house is awsome

  • Patricia Switzer

    An obvious omission is the Ranchman in Ponder Texas!

  • BornFreeAmerican

    Matts Rancho Martinez…”Bob Style” w/queso. Yum!

  • Scott

    Lucy’s in Celina.

  • Sherri V

    At MY HOUSE.

  • will

    Arlington Steak House in Arlington and The Cafe in Haltom City has the best chicken fried steak.

  • bill eames

    My first and best ever CFS was in a small town diner in Nebraska in 1975. I asked the waitress what it was, and when she described it, I knew I had to try it. Turns out that they were out of pre-made battered steaks, so the cook took a porterhouse and battered it up for me. I was hooked! Never have had one quite that good since.

  • Phylicia

    Try Cotton Patch CFS. Personally think it’s better than Babe’s and probably as good as Good Eats.

  • Phylicia

    Actually prefer Hoffbrau’s CFS overall, but don’t have one close to us anymore.

  • jay

    Grady’s Restaurant in Ft. Worth has the best CFS in town and the gravy is some of the best I’ve ever had. Can’t go wrong with anything on his menu for that matter.

    • Colby

      Grady is a good friend of mine and a culinary genius. Yes, that is the best CFS in DFW now that Alamo CIty Grill is gone. Good call, C Bauer. Chef Mark Moberly really knows his stuff. Anyone know where he went?

  • Richard Sonntag

    If you can find it, try the Rocket Cafe in Rocket Texas. Be very hungry when you go. Two sizes are offered. We have never had the nerve to order the large is the best I have ever had. Also they have some of the best pork chops either fried or grilled (get the grilled). Rocket Texas is very near Ferris Tx.

  • Debbie

    Fred’s Texas Cafe on Currie St in Ft. Worth has delicious CFS. Better than their burgers which they’re famous for.

  • Elmer

    I guess none of you have had the chickin fried ribeye at Dunston’s.

    • CB

      Dunston’s… LOL.

  • Ted

    How in the hell is Norma’s Cafe not on this list?!

  • Ron

    How about the Ponder Steak House, now called the Ranchman’s Cafe, in Ponder? When at NTSU, now UNT, it was THE place to go for CFS. After moving to Fort Worth, Massey’s took the prize and still would if poor tenants hadn’t ruined the place.

  • chas

    Has anyone else been to M&M’s on NE 28th? oh baby!

  • Tom

    A litle out of the area, but Mary’s in Strawn is worth the drive. Definitely the best around.

  • Getting hungry

    Olenjack’s at Lincoln Square in Arlington has a GREAT CFS. The menu says it is aged 21 days and it is fabulous,

  • Mike B

    Though the CFS at the listed places might be good they all use a frozen, prebattered steak. None beats the Wagon Wheel in Needles, Ca where a customer can see the chef tenderize and bread fresh meat.

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