With its origins traced back to the southern plains of Texas, the first chicken fried steak is believed to have been introduced by German immigrants. The recipe has changed very little since its first appearance on the dinner table, and it has become a staple of southern cooking to this day. Also known as country fried steak, this culinary creation is comprised of a tenderized cut of steak that’s battered, pan fried and topped with a creamy gravy. This dish is quite versatile and can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can also be served as a sandwich. Fortunately, if you live in Los Angeles, you don’t need a road trip to get this authentic meal in front of you. All you need to do is head to one of these five places!
Jack’s Family Kitchen
3965 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90062
Open for breakfast and brunch, Jack’s Family Kitchen is a great spot to try your first chicken fried steak. While Jack’s may call it country fried, it’s delicious no matter what. Served with grits and eggs, this is the type of breakfast that holds you well into lunchtime. The place is a little on the small side, so consider take out if you can’t get a seat. You’ll also want to get a side of Jack’s famous biscuits. You won’t be disappointed.
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1918 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Whether you call it country fried or chicken fried, one thing your steak is not supposed to be is dry. At Brite Spot, you won’t have to worry about that. The restaurant perfected its country frying technique before the item made it to the menu. Served with a side of country sausage, this plate of heaven will make your day. Throw in a side of eggs to make it even better.
1760 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Another place to get your day started right is Home Restaurant in Los Feliz. Enjoy a delicious plate of lightly breaded steak topped with country gravy and three eggs with oven roasted red potatoes or fruit. Have your meal inside the cheery cafe or outside on the lovely patio. This is a Los Feliz hotspot, and it fills up quickly, so be prepared to wait. Fortunately, table turnover moves along at a reasonable pace.
Doomie’s Home Cookin’
1253 N. Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Vegans and vegetarians, Doomie’s Home Cookin’ is about to be your new favorite place. Non-meat eaters can rejoice in the glorious progression of non-meat creations, and this restaurant has an amazing and cruelty free chicken fried steak. Even meat eaters and skeptics sing its praises. The rest of the menu is pretty stellar as well, and the deep fried mint Oreos are a must!
Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen Food Truck
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you live in the Mid-Wilshire area and haven’t tried a country fried steak sandwich from Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen’s food truck, you’re seriously missing out. Peaches’ is practically as famous as the clients the truck caters to (The Revenant‘s post-Golden Globes party, Jim Beam Tasting with Mila Kunis). So, if you want a great chicken fried steak, find Peaches’. Served with house peach aioli, greens and onions, this dish is perfectly tender and delightfully crispy. Make sure you get a side of fried pickles to go with it. You won’t be sorry.