Chicken fried steak, or country fried steak as it is commonly called, is a dish made from flattened steak (usually cube steak or skirt steak) which is breaded and fried. The dish is commonly topped with gravy, either country gravy or sausage gravy. Chicken fried steak is popular in the South and is derived from the German schnitzel dishes. These traditional German dishes are made from a variety of flattened cuts of meat such as veal, pork or chicken which are fried and topped with a variety of gravy or sauces. The dish is well known in Texas where it is said to have originated. If you would like to try to this hearty dish, here are some great places in Pittsburgh that serve the best chicken fried steak.
Kelly O’s Diner
100 24th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Kelly O’s Diner specializes in breakfast and lunch and serves many diner staples. The menu is full of comfort food to enjoy, such as pancakes, omelettes, sandwiches, soups and salads. Country fried steak can be found on the breakfast menu. The breaded steak is covered with country gravy and served with two eggs, home fries and toast. Start your day with a full stomach, and you just might not have to stop for lunch.
1110 Park Manor Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Deluca’s Diner is known for its giant breakfast burritos and delicious waffle sundaes. Among the comfort food on the menu is country style chicken. Though not country style steak, it will certainly fit the bill if you are looking for a tasty breaded dish with gravy. At DeLuca’s, the country style chicken is covered with sausage gravy and cheddar and served with eggs, home fries and biscuits.
The Porch At Schenley
221 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Porch at Schenley offers casual dining with a gourmet flair. It is a great place to enjoy brunch with friends on the weekend. Sometimes country fried steak is an option for the brunch menu, but if it is not the special, there is also chicken with gravy and biscuits to satisfy your cravings. The Porch at Schenley also has a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and sweet breakfast dishes for your brunch eating pleasure.
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Max’s Allegheny Tavern
537 Suismon St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
In order to enjoy chicken fried steak in its original state, head to Max’s Allegheny Tavern. This cozy German restaurant is situated in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown neighborhood, and the restaurant is known for its authentic and tasty German food. Try the Schnitzel Royal which features breaded veal topped with tomatoes, melted Gouda cheese and mushroom gravy. It is just as delightful as the southern style dish.
Eggs R Us
2350 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
If you are looking for comfort food, Eggs R Us is the place to go. This small breakfast diner near Greentree is a favorite local spot to enjoy a hearty breakfast. On the menu is a country fried steak sandwich, with everything you love about country fried steak in sandwich form. Eggs R Us’s version features provolone cheese as well. You can truly enjoy this dish in an easier-to-eat sandwich form.
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