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America's Best Comfort Foods

America's best comfort foods: Saltgrass Steak House chicken-fried steak

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Chicken-Fried Steak

The Restaurant: Salt Grass Steak House, Houston

The Skinny: A cube steak pounded thin, dredged in milk, egg, and flour, then fried and served with a creamy gravy: chicken-fried steak (or CFS in Texas parlance) is the southern answer to schnitzel. “It’s as lowbrow as it is outrageously delicious,” says food writer Salma Abdelnour. “It’s also the definition of comfort food: warm, creamy/saucy, a little crunchy, rich, and likely to destroy the rest of your day, in a good way.” She cites the Salt Grass Steak House version—made with Angus beef—as her all-time go-to, thanks to the perfectly crunchy batter and the fact that it’s “so big it hangs off the plate.” —Emma Sloley


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