An ongoing obsession of mine is the pursuit of the perfect chicken-fried steak. Whenever I travel in the south, or anywhere else in the states by car, I always keep my eyes peeled for the little greasy diners serving "road food" that might just deliver a little greasy plate of nirvana. Crispy outside, tender indistinguishable beef on the inside, a little salty flavor balanced with a touch of sweetness, swimming in chicken cream gravy. Not manhole-cover heavy, but good and solid, yet fried to a crunchy lightness..if it had slow-cooked grits on the side, I could die a happy woman, but I'd settle for side of decent non-potato-spud pile of mashed potatoes or a really light and flaky biscuit to sop the gravy with. Or fried-green tomatoes and cheese grits...mmmm.
Problem: I can't find it in LA. I haven't been on a road trip or to the south in ages, and I've got a hankerin' for a toothsome chicken-fried steak. Help, Chowhounds!
Jonathan Gold's "Counter Intelligence" lists a few southern restaurants, but only listed Flossie's as having chicken-fried steak (and then only on Thursdays). I've even sunk so low as to order it at Norms, where it barely earned the right to call itself by that name.
Has anyone run into a really good, down home greasy-because-it's-been-fried-in-animal-fats chicken-fried steak anywhere in LA? I usually hit Roscoe's for fried chicken, but they don't have it. I had a unmemorable chicken-fried steak for breakfast at a diner on Pico and Robertson (much to the horror of my dining companion). Aunt Kizzy's in the Marina is probably the best chicken-fried steak I've had in LA, but it pales in comparison to the best one I've had from Atlanta. M&M's seems to be the next logical choice,so I'll try that. I think the main problem is that most of these places are a little too city-fied. Do I have to drive to Bakersfield?
I have no idea what drives this. I'm Chinese, so I'm guessing that I was an old chowhound from the south in a previous life. :)
Thanks for any help you can provide!