Although the exact origins of the chicken fried steak or country fried steak are impossible to determine, it is almost identical to German 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.
How serious are Sooners about their chicken fried steak and chicken? In 1988 the Oklahoma state legislature included chicken fried steak in the official Oklahoma State Meal along with fried okra, cornbread, black-eyed peas and pecan pie. It starts with a piece of beef or chicken straight off an Oklahoma ranch that is tenderized, breaded in a special blend of seasonings and fried. A healthy topping off creamed gravy finishes this delicious meal. Many Sooners will judge an establishment on their chicken fry and if that doesn’t pass muster, they won’t try other dishes.
How do you make a chicken fried piece of meat better? Put it on a bun, creating a delicious portable version of this American classic.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Chicken Fry Sandwich in Oklahoma are as follows:
- Tally's Good Food Café - Tulsa
- The Red B Restaurant - Idabel
- Kendall's Restaurant - Noble
- Clanton's Cafe - Vinita
- Rockin H Land & Cattle Co. Steakhouse & Saloon - Temple
- Bros. Houligan - Tulsa
- Chuck House Restaurant - Oklahoma City
- The Old Plantation Restaurant - Medicine Park
- Click's Steakhouse - Pawnee
- Del Rancho - Norman
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Katie Johnstonbaugh (Dishin & Dishes) and Jennifer Daskevich (Sandwich America) were chosen based on their knowledge of this American sandwich.
Other nominees in the category included Ann's Chicken Fry House in Oklahoma City, Cattlemen's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, Cheever's Cafe in Oklahoma City, Classen Grill in Oklahoma City, The Hungry Frog Diner in Oklahoma City, Jimmy's Round-Up Cafe & Fried Pies in Oklahoma City, Nic's Grill in Oklahoma City, Noble House Bed and Breakfast in Watonga, Rooster's Cafe in Jones and Soda Pops in Oklahoma City.
Congratulations to all our winning sandwiches!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo