Texas Sized. Hand Battered. Beer Batter. Deep Fried or Flat Grilled. You had me at Beer Batter.
Mama’s Café on Westheimer Rd. is the place for the latter (they also have two locations in San Antonio).
It amazes me that when I ask the waiter/tres what kind of meat they use for their Chicken Fried Steak, many come back and say it’s cube steak. I still don’t know where on the cow you find cube steak. I guess it’s almost everywhere. So I can’t confirm that it’s round steak, but it probably is.
So here’s the recipe. There is only one size to choose from and it is huuuge. I decided to go with the flat grilled Chicken Fried Steak (this is the first time I tried a grilled Chicken Fried Steak) and that was a misteak (yes I know it’s misspelled). This is a 7 ounce portion and costs $10.99. It comes with red skinned mashed potatoes and you get a choice of one side. There were parts of the Chicken Fried Steak that were on the burnt side and it really took away from the taste. The meat was thick and juicy; the beer batter didn’t stay on the steak, was too big for the steak and was soft. The softness I’m sure was due to it being flat grilled. They did have a great thick white peppery gravy, but terrible tasting red skinned mashed potatoes and green beans. They had a medicinal taste to them.
If you’re there for breakfast you can order the Country Skillet for $8.29. This is a Chicken Fried Steak that comes with whole kernel corn, onions and gravy.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.