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A cheffy version of chicken-fried steak can be found at Stampede 66.
A cheffy version of chicken-fried steak can be found at Stampede 66.
Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW

14 of Dallas' Finest Chicken Fried Steaks

More gravy, please.

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A cheffy version of chicken-fried steak can be found at Stampede 66.
| Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW

Is there a dish that's more quintessentially Texas than chicken-fried steak? Absolutely not. The Lone Star State is happy to take credit for this deep-fried wonder, and of course, Dallas has plenty of excellent options.

The next time you find yourself with a hankering for a great CFS, head to one of these fourteen. Whether you're searching for a gluten-free take on this classic dish, or something fancier, like dry-aged ribeye, you'll definitely find a worthy contender.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Good Cafe

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2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 742-5362
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The CFS at All Good Cafe has a substantial crust that's perfectly crisp and not greasy, though it's not as absurdly large as others in town. Extra-fresh veggie sides ease the guilt a bit.

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 245-7773
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Babe's is the chicken-fried steak by which all other CFS in Dallas are measured. All-you-can-eat means time to break out the elastic waist pants.

3. Bubba's Cooks Country

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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The food at Bubba's is basically the same at Babe's, including the killer CFS; what it lacks in charming rusticity, it makes up for with a convenient Snider Plaza location and a drive-thru.

4. Company Cafe

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2217 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2233
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Grass-fed, gluten-free chicken fried steak sounds like a bit of a travesty, but even people who don't avoid wheat will find it worthwhile. Honey-jalapeno gravy might anger purists, though.

5. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

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1718 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 206-3339
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The cooks at this relative newcomer in the West End know their way around a deep-fryer, as evidenced by the crunchy, greaseless crust on the huge CFS.

6. Jonathon's Oak Cliff

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1111 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203
(972) 788-4443
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Jonathon's is the king of hangover meals, including a killer chicken-fried steak and eggs that often shows up on the daily specials. The silky, perfectly spiced gravy thankfully avoids the dreaded wallpaper paste texture.

7. Ozona Grill & Bar

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4615 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 265-9105
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Once declared the best CFS in Dallas by D Magazine, Ozona's is tender and flavorful, but ask for gravy on the side if you don't want it drowned in the stuff.

8. Stampede 66

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1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 550-6966
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Stephan Pyles' hyper-Texan eatery pays homage to the classic chicken-fried steak with a tasty buffalo version that comes flanked by mashed potatoes and braised greens.

9. Tillman's Roadhouse

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324 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-0988
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Another fancified version can be found at Tillman's, where the extra-tender filet cut is fried to glorious golden brown and served with poblano gravy.

10. Celebration Restaurant

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4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 351-5681
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This Preston Hollow establishment has been serving up chicken fried steak in Dallas for nearly fifty years, in which time they've perfected the perfect homestyle CFS. Skip the traditional cream gravy for Celebration's spicy jalapeno gravy, and order up a few of the daily rotating vegetables to pretend that you're having a semi-healthy meal.

11. Neighborhood Services

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5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 795, Dallas
TX, 75254
(972) 789-9639
Chicken fried steak gets a serious upgrade at Neighborhood Services. Dry-aged inside round from Southeast Family Farms is dredged in a thick and crispy batter, then topped with plenty of bacon-sage gravy. Pro-tip: ask for extra gravy for drenching the pile of buttermilk mashed potatoes underneath.

12. Norma's Cafe

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1123 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-4711
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It doesn't get much better than a chicken fried steak from a great greasy spoon, and Norma's is one of the best options in Dallas. For less than $10, you can pile your plate high with a respectably large (and perfectly fried) CFS, three veggies, and biscuits and rolls.

13. Pink Magnolia

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642 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 320-9220
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The chicken fried ribeye is one of Chef Blythe Beck's signature dishes, and it might be at its best at Pink Magnolia. In addition to the gigantic ribeye and plentiful golden-brown crust, Beck's "naughty creamed corn," braised mustard greens and lots of red-eye gravy round out a truly massive plate. You're going to need a nap after this CFS.
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14. Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar

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2929 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-9900
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Chef Lisa Garza's chicken-fried steak is straightforward and simple, with flat iron steak substituted for the typical cube steak. Served with rich whipped potatoes and traditional cream gravy, it's a little fancier than the average CFS, but doesn't skimp on the authenticity.

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1. All Good Cafe

2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
The CFS at All Good Cafe has a substantial crust that's perfectly crisp and not greasy, though it's not as absurdly large as others in town. Extra-fresh veggie sides ease the guilt a bit.
2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

1006 W Main St, Carrollton, TX 75006
Babe's is the chicken-fried steak by which all other CFS in Dallas are measured. All-you-can-eat means time to break out the elastic waist pants.
1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. Bubba's Cooks Country

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
The food at Bubba's is basically the same at Babe's, including the killer CFS; what it lacks in charming rusticity, it makes up for with a convenient Snider Plaza location and a drive-thru.
6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

4. Company Cafe

2217 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Grass-fed, gluten-free chicken fried steak sounds like a bit of a travesty, but even people who don't avoid wheat will find it worthwhile. Honey-jalapeno gravy might anger purists, though.
2217 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

5. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

1718 N Market St, Dallas, TX 75202
The cooks at this relative newcomer in the West End know their way around a deep-fryer, as evidenced by the crunchy, greaseless crust on the huge CFS.
1718 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202

6. Jonathon's Oak Cliff

1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203
Jonathon's is the king of hangover meals, including a killer chicken-fried steak and eggs that often shows up on the daily specials. The silky, perfectly spiced gravy thankfully avoids the dreaded wallpaper paste texture.
1111 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203

7. Ozona Grill & Bar

4615 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Once declared the best CFS in Dallas by D Magazine, Ozona's is tender and flavorful, but ask for gravy on the side if you don't want it drowned in the stuff.
4615 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75202
Stephan Pyles' hyper-Texan eatery pays homage to the classic chicken-fried steak with a tasty buffalo version that comes flanked by mashed potatoes and braised greens.
1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75202

9. Tillman's Roadhouse

324 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208
Another fancified version can be found at Tillman's, where the extra-tender filet cut is fried to glorious golden brown and served with poblano gravy.
324 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

10. Celebration Restaurant

4503 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
This Preston Hollow establishment has been serving up chicken fried steak in Dallas for nearly fifty years, in which time they've perfected the perfect homestyle CFS. Skip the traditional cream gravy for Celebration's spicy jalapeno gravy, and order up a few of the daily rotating vegetables to pretend that you're having a semi-healthy meal.
4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

11. Neighborhood Services

5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 795, Dallas, TX, 75254
Chicken fried steak gets a serious upgrade at Neighborhood Services. Dry-aged inside round from Southeast Family Farms is dredged in a thick and crispy batter, then topped with plenty of bacon-sage gravy. Pro-tip: ask for extra gravy for drenching the pile of buttermilk mashed potatoes underneath.
5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 795, Dallas
TX, 75254

12. Norma's Cafe

1123 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
It doesn't get much better than a chicken fried steak from a great greasy spoon, and Norma's is one of the best options in Dallas. For less than $10, you can pile your plate high with a respectably large (and perfectly fried) CFS, three veggies, and biscuits and rolls.
1123 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

13. Pink Magnolia

642 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Kyla Davidson/EDFW
The chicken fried ribeye is one of Chef Blythe Beck's signature dishes, and it might be at its best at Pink Magnolia. In addition to the gigantic ribeye and plentiful golden-brown crust, Beck's "naughty creamed corn," braised mustard greens and lots of red-eye gravy round out a truly massive plate. You're going to need a nap after this CFS.
642 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

14. Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar

2929 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Chef Lisa Garza's chicken-fried steak is straightforward and simple, with flat iron steak substituted for the typical cube steak. Served with rich whipped potatoes and traditional cream gravy, it's a little fancier than the average CFS, but doesn't skimp on the authenticity.
2929 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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