Best chicken fried steak in Oklahoma? Readers say The Red B Restaurant!

Kendall's Restaurant takes runner-up spot

Although the exact origins of the chicken fried steak or country fried steak are impossible to determine, it's strikingly similar to schnitzel and was likely introduced by German immigrants to the Hill Country of Texas. It takes an inexpensive cut of meat and turns it into a working man’s staple. No matter its origin, the state of Oklahoma has claimed it as their own. Sooners are so serious about their chicken fried steak that in 1988 the state legislature included chicken fried steak in the official Oklahoma State Meal along with fried okra, cornbread, black-eyed peas and pecan pie. 

  • The Red B Restaurant
    Idabel

    An off-the-beaten-path gem in the town of Idabel, The Red B Restaurant is known for its hearty three-course meals of made-from-scratch food. The hand-cut, tenderized and deep-fried chicken fried steak earns rave reviews and is tender enough to cut with a fork. It comes with gravy and two sides, or in sandwich form with lettuce, tomato and jalapeño ranch.
    Photo courtesy of The Red B Restaurant

  • Kendall's Restaurant
    Noble

    Kendall's is famous for their Chicken Fry Challenge, where hungry diners attempt to consume a giant chicken fried steak, salad, mashed potatoes or fries, a biscuit, green beans and a cinnamon roll.
    Photo courtesy of Kendall's Restaurant

  • Ann's Chicken Fry House
    Oklahoma City

    Housed in a former gas station, Ann's Chicken Fry House has been a Southern comfort food institution for decades. A pink Cadillac and vintage police car out front greet visitors to this Route 66 restaurant, where the chicken fried steak easily lives up to its reputation. Choose between a full or half pound of beef.
    Photo courtesy of Jennifer James / Flickr

  • Nelson's Buffeteria
    Tulsa

    Each chicken fried steak from Nelson's Buffeteria is hand-cut, tenderized and breaded daily in-house. It comes smothered in creamy, peppery gravy with two sides and a roll or cornbread. 
    Photo courtesy of Nelson's Buffeteria

  • Savoy Restaurant
    Tulsa

    The kitchen at Savoy Restaurant in Tulsa only uses USDA choice top round beef, cut and tenderized in-house, for their chicken fried steak. Seasoned only with salt to let the natural flavors of beef shine through, the steak is cooked on the flattop and served with house-made gravy at lunch or with eggs and hash browns for breakfast.
    Photo courtesy of Savoy Restaurant

  • Sunnyside Diner
    Oklahoma City

    Breakfast is the name of the game at Sunnyside Diner in Oklahoma City, where big appetites can feast on a chicken fried steak with eggs and two sides, or a la carte. 
    Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Diner

  • The Pioneer Woman Mercantile
    Pawhuska

    The chicken fried steak at The Mercantile begins with a beef ribeye, pounded, breaded and griddled. It’s topped with creamy gravy and served alongside mashed potatoes, a salad, freshly baked dinner rolls and the Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Butter. Smaller appetites can order a half portion.
    Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

  • Charleston's Restaurant
    Multiple Locations

    The chicken fried steak is a house specialty at Charleston's Restaurant at its 10 locations across Oklahoma. The hand-breaded steak is fried up and served with black pepper chipotle gravy, mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. 
    Photo courtesy of Charleston's Restaurant

  • Black Bear Diner
    Midwest City & Oklahoma City

    The Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak from Black Bear Diner (locations in Midwest City and Oklahoma City) is made with tender beef that’s breaded, deep-fried and covered in house-made country gravy. Still hungry? The steak comes with either soup or salad, as well as a freshly baked corn muffin, seasonal veggies or Italian green beans, and a choice of mashed potatoes, french fries, onion rings or a baked potato.
    Photo courtesy of Black Bear Diner

  • Cheever's Cafe
    Oklahoma City

    An OKC favorite for its contemporary comfort food, Cheever's Cafe serves a stellar chicken fried steak with jalapeño cream gravy and a side of garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes.
    Photo courtesy of Cheever's Cafe / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the category Best Chicken Fried Steak in Oklahoma are as follows:

  1. The Red B Restaurant - Idabel
  2. Kendall's Restaurant - Noble
  3. Ann's Chicken Fry House - Oklahoma City
  4. Nelson's Buffeteria - Tulsa
  5. Savoy Restaurant - Tulsa
  6. Sunnyside Diner - Oklahoma City
  7. The Pioneer Woman Mercantile - Pawhuska
  8. Charleston's Restaurant - Multiple Locations
  9. Black Bear Diner - Midwest City & Oklahoma City
  10. Cheever's Cafe - Oklahoma City

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Chef Scotty Irani (In The Kitchen With Scotty), Katie Johnstonbaugh (Dishin & Dishes), Matt Payne and Elaine Warner were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the state's food scene.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

 

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