America's Best Comfort Foods
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America's Best Comfort Foods

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Cutting-edge cuisine has its place, but sometimes you just want a hearty meal with your favorite comfort foods.

Chicken-Fried Steak

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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

America's Best Comfort Foods

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

Courtesy of Saltgrass Steak House
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