When does a small group of restaurants become a chain?
When a restaurant has more than 5 restaurants? When it has more than 10? I consider a chain to be a restaurant that has more than 12 locations that look the same, smell the same and have the same menu.
This is a difficult question to answer, and based on what’s going on in the world today, the answer wouldn’t solve the problems.
As you know, I’m not a big fan of chain restaurants and I won’t go to one for a Chicken Fried Steak…
I was looking for a Chicken Fried Steak in the Beaumont area and came across Novrozsky’s. I found out they had 7 Texas locations and 1 Louisiana location. Is this a chain? Not according to me. I chose the Vidor location and when I drove up, I almost drove away. It looks like a fast food restaurant from the outside and the inside looks like it is going to become a chain. But I stayed.
You order from the counter, pay and wait until your number is called. I asked the counter person how big is the small Chicken Fried Steak? He placed his thumb and fore finger on each hand and showed me how big a small is. Kind of like this ( ). He said the large is 2 steaks ( ) ( ). The only side you get is french fries plus Texas Toast. The small Chicken Fried Steak is $5.95 and it’s a 4 oz portion. The large is $8.75 with 2- 4 oz portions. The small is plenty. They also have a Chicken Fried Steak sandwich at $5.25. One of their slogans is “Size Still Matters”. You get plenty for your money.
Here are the facts: Everything is cooked to order. When you order the Chicken Fried Steak, they bread it and then fry it. The meat is very tender, juicy and they use 100% all natural, hormone-free beef, raised in Texas by Nolan Ryan. No bull. There was no grease on the plate. The breading was very seasoned, crunchy and stayed on the steak. The white gravy was the thickest I’ve had, so a little went a long way. Both were seasoned with salt and a nice peppery flavor. The fries were not good. No taste and not hot. I had no problem with that as I saved the calories.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.