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When thinking of hearty, stick-to-your-ribs breakfasts, chicken fried steak typically comes to mind. Made with a breaded and tenderized cube steak, it is a staple dish for many folks across the country. Enthusiasts even enjoy it lunch and dinner, not just breakfast or brunch. Several restaurants in the OC also are known for their tasty chicken fried steaks the generous sides that come with it. The following Orange County establishments are happy to dish up their own breaded cube steaks for you.
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Paul’s Pantry
27409 Bellogente
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 364-1088
www.paulspantry.com

When looking for a great chicken fried steak, many enthusiasts head to Paul’s Pantry in Mission Viejo. This family-owned establishment serves the entree with eggs and pancakes or hashbrowns and toast — you can even substitute one of Paul’s popular cinnamon rolls for the toast. Proving that it is not just for breakfast, the restaurant also serves a chicken fried steak sandwich for lunch. For good home-style dishes in the OC, Paul’s Pantry is a good destination for breakfast and lunch.

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Paul’s Coffee Shop
16947 Bushard St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 965-3643
paulscoffeeshopfountainvalley.com

Featured on the Food Network, this Fountain Valley establishment is popular with chicken fried steak devotees. Highly supportive of all branches of the military, Paul’s Coffee shop also is known for their S.O.S. (Stuff on a Shingle). The restaurant serves this ground beef, gravy and scrambled egg dish over white toast on a genuine stainless steel military tray. No matter if you want chicken fried steak or an S.O.S., stop by Paul’s when you are in Fountain Valley.

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Bosskat Kitchen and Libations
4647 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 333-0917
www.bosscatkitchen-newport.com

You have to love a place with an awesome Sunday brunch like Bosskat Kitchen and Libations. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chef Peter Petro’s chicken fried steak is served with gumbo gravy, making it the cornerstone of a hearty meal. Chef Petro has a few other surprises, including Blue Suede pancakes and Fruity Pebbles’ French Toast. Creativity, style and good tasting dishes keep people heading to Bosskat on Sundays as well as the rest of the week.

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Green Street Cafe
4911 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-4949
www.greenstreetcafehb.com

This Huntington Beach establishment embraces the concept of comfort and takes it to a new level. Green Street Cafe’s chicken fried steak, for instance, gets high marks for the gravy poured over the top. Speaking of chicken, they also served up a wicked stuffed waffle topped off with a really nice chicken breast. No matter if you are having a hard day or simply want to start your morning on a good note, Green Street Cafe in Huntington Beach is there for you.

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Cowgirls Cafe
1720 S. Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-8877
www.cowgirlscafesa.com

Santa Ana has several innovative restaurants, and this fun cafe is known for their breakfast. One dish that keeps people coming back is their country fried steak served with two eggs and potatoes. You also get a choice of toast or biscuits and gravy to round out the meal. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Cowgirls Cafe is another good reason to head over to Santa Ana.

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