After a long drive, we arrived in Balmorhea, TX. A professor was taking a group of students for their Open Water dives in the pretty spring-fed pool in the State Park and I had tagged along to help out as a Dive Master and get my feet wet again after a few months in Texas. Before checking into our cabin, we found a little local restaurant and stopped for dinner. That was my very first encounter with chicken fried steak. I saw it on the menu, and chicken-lover that I am, I dodged some of the TexMex options I didn’t know for some fried chicken – or so I thought.
That was back in 2002 and in retrospect the word “steak” should have tipped me off… But I didn’t even question it. When my dish arrived and I started to dig in, I thought that it was very dark meat and was too embarrassed to ask what I was actually eating. It’s 2011 now and I know that chicken fried steak is breaded and fried cube steak, i.e. beef. Who knew?! Notice that one the menu below they actually list chicken fried chicken. How weird is that?
If you like this post, you can find more in my Only in Texas series.
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