Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Must Have / Victoria May 26, 2014 Where to Get a Country Fried Steak SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOne of my favourite comfort foods is country fried steak and eggs. Like grits this Southern staple can be a little difficult to find north of the border. I have literally walked through the desert to enjoy this dish so it was with great pleasure that I found it on the menu at a local restaurant.I first tried country fried steak and eggs 20 years ago in a Vegas Casino 24 hour restaurant and fell in love. When I returned home, to my dismay, I could not find it anywhere on the Island. Victoria has an abundance of excellent breakfast restaurants but none serve this savoury dish, perhaps it’s too heavy for the Island palate. One chain restaurant had it but their steak had more in common with a hockey puck than the flavourful meal I craved.Thus began my search for an authentic country fried steak. Every time I travelled I would scour the internet for diners or truck stops in the area. On a return trip to Vegas I decided to explore off the beaten path. I found a place with promise but I misjudged the distance on google maps and ended up walking several miles in 42 degree heat. That night in the hotel room, suffering from terrible heat stroke, I never doubted my decision once.Country fried steak and eggs at My Chosen CafeThought to originate in Dawson County, Texas the “chicken” fried steak starts with a cut of chuck or cube steak tenderized with a mallet, breaded and deep fried in the same oil the chicken was cooked in. The folks in the mid-west took to pan frying it, changing the name to country fried steak, and serving it for breakfast with eggs and hash browns. I prefer the breakfast dish as the egg yolk mixes well with the white gravy, like a down-home version of hollandaise. The gravy has an almost buttery taste that compliments the seasoned breading and is great for smothering on hash browns.Country fried steak uses a cheaper cut of steak but prepares it in a way that makes it tender and delicious. It is not for the faint of heart and is not known for delicate flavour. It’s a hearty meal that sticks to your ribs and makes you think of waitresses who call you “hun” and know how you take your coffee. It is a staple of diners and truck stops for people who have put in a good days work and need to satisfy a big appetite.A few weeks ago I made my way out to My Chosen Café for lunch and sure enough there it was on the menu. I placed my order and when the plate arrived it certainly looked authentic. The steak was tender and didn’t fall under the suspicious oval shape of a Salisbury steak. The gravy was creamy and tasted great with the golden egg yolk. While I am sure that I will still search out great diners when I visit our neighbours to the South, it is good to know that I can have my favourite breakfast without air travel. I encourage you to sample this dish at the Chicken Fried Steak Festival held every April down in Texas or closer to home at My Chosen Café 4492 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin.— Robert Ross Website: My Chosen Cafe Address: 4492 Happy Valley Road Facebook: Mychosencafebreakfastcountry fried steakeggsfriedhappy valleyhashhashbrownslunchMetchosinMy Chosen CaféSteaktexasVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Comments are closed.