Where to Find the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Austin

Chicken fried steak is one of those staple Southern dishes you just have to eat to understand. It’s one of the tastiest dishes around and, believe it or not, there’s actually no chicken involved. We still aren’t entirely sure why it’s named after the bird, but we are sure it’s crispy yet tender and juicy all at the same time! Here’s where to find the best chicken fried steak in South Austin.

Evangeline Cafe

8106 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

Evangeline’s offers some of the best Cajun-style food in Austin, and they’ve perfected their chicken fried steak. The steak comes with a special creamy gravy developed by the owner right out of Louisiana, but the chicken fried goodies don’t stop there — if you’re feeling extra adventurous, give their chicken fried gator a try!

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704

A South Congress icon, Lucy’s fried chicken has been serving up a wide variety of fantastic fried foods for ages. Their main steak is no exception — with its crispy outside, gravy made with Pearl beer, and a heaping side of mashed potatoes, you can’t go wrong!

Cherry Creek Catfish

5712 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

Cherry Creek has one motto: “Keep Austin Fried.” And they mean it, the entire menu is filled with fried everything, veggies, fish, chicken, and steak, of course. Their chicken fried steak comes in two sizes, a standard portion and a Texas size. It’s served with Texas toast, gravy and a baked potato, and is the epitome of “go big or go home.”

Gourdough’s Public House

2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

With Gourdough’s main specialty being the best doughnuts you’ll ever eat, we know they know their way around a fryer. Their chicken fried steak is a little more like a German schnitzel, as it comes with a potato pancake and a cranberry habanero jam along with the gravy. But man, does that jam work wonders.

Moonshine Grill

303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Not only is Moonshine’s food amazing, but the building itself has a great history. It’s housed in part of the old Waterloo Compound that was built back in 1852, which is home to some of the oldest commercial buildings in the city. Their chicken fried steak is truly classic — simple, delicious, comfort food.


1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste, #1150, Austin, TX 78704

In Texas, nothing says tender love and care like Southern comfort food — hence the name TLC. They source their ingredients locally and keep sustainability a high priority. In full Texas style, their staple steak is served nice and crispy with brisket gravy, rosemary and garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans. So good!


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