It’s a new year (Happy New Year) and my search continues for the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas, and I’m willing to try it almost anywhere (except for a chain). So when someone asked me if I have tried the Stuffed Chicken Fried Steak at Rudi Lechner’s, I said no, and then followed it up with the following question: What is it stuffed with? It turns out it’s stuffed with Swiss Cheese (and Jalapenos, if you want).
So off I went to see if this was udderly acceptable.
This 30 plus year old restaurant sits right off of Westheimer in the Westchase District of Houston.
Rudi Lechner’s is a classic German Restaurant that looks like it was transported from Germany with all the trimmings you would expect. Appropriately dressed wait staff, who are very good at what they do, very friendly service, and a great selection of German dishes.
They start you off with zucchini bread and a very crusty (the way I like it) small, sliced white bread. Now they didn’t tell me it was zucchini bread and I thought it was pumpernickel bread, so my immediate reaction was why is it so sweet. Once they explained what it was, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Now for Stuffed Chicken Fried Steak. I’m not a big fan of swiss cheese on my food so I was a little apprehensive. The Stuffed Chicken Fried Steak looked great, smelled great and yes, it tasted great. No grease on the bottom of the Chicken Fried Steak and after the first cut, the swiss cheese just oozed out. It was a little overpowering. The small side of mashed potatoes were plenty (especially after I had my fill of zucchini bread). They were seasoned perfectly and the addition of very thin sliced fried onions was a perfect match. Back to the Chicken Fried Steak. They use a flank steak which surprised me as flank steak can be tough, but, I guess if you pound it long enough it becomes tender. It was so tender that I didn’t need the steak knife. The meat was perfectly seasoned as well. The white gravy that came with the Chicken Fried Steak was referred to as a cream cheese gravy. It’s actually a béchamel sauce with cheese added. Very good.
In fact if you want to try and recreate the Stuffed Chicken Fried Steak, here is the recipe.
I’m a big fan of German food and I will return next time to try more of their German dishes. I will probably go on a Wednesday evening when they have a buffet.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.