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3 Yolks Restaurant (Rt. 1A -- Revere)


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3 Yolks Restaurant (Rt. 1A -- Revere)

bostonsooner | Jun 7, 2004 02:20 PM

Ever since hearing (on this board, I think) that 3 Yolks, a diner just north of the airport rental car places on Rt. 1A, has a southern-born cook who fried up chicken-fried steak and other southern specialities, I knew I had try it for a taste of home (Oklahoma).

Twice I was denied due to early closing hours (12:30 p.m.) or other unforeseen calamity, but finally met success yesterday.

I ordered the "country-fried steak" and eggs, which came with 2 pieces of "steak," covered with white sausage gravy and some home fries tucked under the steak. Very tasty. I admit that when it comes to such food, my standards (despite my Oklahoma upbringing) are NOT that high. Bread up some cheap pounded beef, fry it up, and cover it in some gravy, and 9 times out of 10, I'll enjoy it. Here, the steak was a touch salty, but not overly so. Not fried to the standards of the clam shacks of Ipswich and Essex, but not too greasy. And the gravy did not overpower. It was not the best that I ever had, but it was a touch of home that I greatly enjoyed. I should add that this "weekend special" was $5.99. I also had a 1/2 order of biscuits of gravy for $2.99, which contained the same gravy as on the steak.

One word of warning about menu nomenclature. I noticed that the specials board said "chicken-fried steak" and "country-fried steak." I asked the waitress what the difference was and she answered that the "chicken-fried steak" contained CHICKEN and the "country-fried" contained BEEF. That is way wrong! That sounds superficially right because chicken is in the name of the chicken-fried. But that's not how it's done in my experience. In every other place I've ever been, "CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK" contains BEEF, the "chicken-fried" just describes the method of cooking, i.e., frying like chicken. If chicken is used (pounded down chicken piece similar to chicken parm), it's called "chicken-fried chicken." That's my long-winded way of saying, DON'T order chicken-fried steak at 3 Yolks if you want beef.

Anyway, I can't wait to get back to try the catfish and the grits. Otherwise, my vegetarian wife and unadventurous mother-in-law stuck to diner basics and were very satisfied. I'd also be interested in hearing others' experience with 3 Yolks.

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