Thursday, May 30, 2013

Barbecue Inn in Houston, Texas

Chicken Fried Steak

Despite the name of this place, barbecue was the last thing on my mind. Instead, I came here because I was after another Texan specialty: chicken fried steak. And this place was supposed to do a pretty good one, so I made sure to stop here for dinner after getting off that flight from Austin (BTW, TSA Pre✓ is awesome!).

It turned out to be a very old place, which was encouraging, as I figured that they had to be doing something right. Unfortunately, that probably got my expectations a bit too high, as I was kinda let down by this thing when it finally came out. Sure, I kinda liked that crispy batter, but at the end of the day, it was just deep fried beef.

Apparently these guys do a good job of fried chicken though, so maybe I should have gotten that instead. Or maybe some of that catfish that I saw on the menu. Well, at least I liked the fries that came with this thing; they were so fresh that I finished it all off.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Chicken Fried Steak holds a special place in many a Texan's heart. When the school cafeteria served CFS, it was a good day. The dish is basically Weinerschnitzel, owing to the German/Czech heritage of many a Texan. But instead of breaded veal, it's breaded beef. The draw is primarily the crunch of the breading and the cream gravy. The draw is so powerful that you'll find Chicken Fried Chicken on many menus, with a chicken breast replacing the pounded sirloin.

BBQ Inn is better known for it's Fried Chicken. Best CFS in the city is at AAA Diner on Airline. But CFS in general is not a vehicle into transcendence.

If you see Frito Pie or Sheet Cake, those are also Texas specialties that don't really translate well outside of the state.