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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.