Today is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, because why not

Today may be National Pumpkin Day, but for Texans, Oct. 26 is much more important.

According to Texas House Resolution 1419, as of 2011, Oct. 26 is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day.

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover's Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

That’s right. We made it a legislative matter. And, to borrow a bit from Aziz Ansari, that doesn’t mean we Texans think that low of our legislative process; that just means we think that highly of chicken fried steak.

Check out the language used in H.R. 1419 to describe this wonderful slice of culinary heaven:

“Whereas, Texans are renowned for their love of chicken fried steak, that exceptional dish that elevates the hearty flavor of beef to new heights by coating it in batter and breading and frying
it until the ingredients are melded in a blissful union…and Whereas, this signature dish occupies a special place in the culinary culture of the Lone Star State, and Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day provides a welcome opportunity to pay homage to that shared legacy; now, therefore, be it resolved, that the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize October 26, 2011, as Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day.”

With that in mind, it is our right, nay, our duty, as patriotic Texans to hunt down the best Texas chicken fried steak we can find today, and feast.

To help you out, here’s a brief list of some good spots in Austin for chicken fried steak.

Threadgill’s

The bar area at the Threadgill's restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. ( Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.)

The bar area at the Threadgill’s restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. ( Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.)

Because it’s a tradition.

Hoover’s

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover's Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

You get more if you order the Hoover Size.

Hill’s Cafe

5/26/11 Mike Sutter/American-Statesman. For an Austin360 cover story on chicken-fried steak. 0609xlcover. Hill's Cafe on South Congress Avenue in Austin.

Hill’s Cafe on South Congress Avenue in Austin. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

You can choose either yellow cheesy gravy or white gravy, and it’s considered some of the best chicken fried steak in town.

Luby’s

 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Carol Johnston is the only child of Luby's co-founder Charles and Gertrude Johnston and recently made a trip to Austin to promote her new book on the history of the cafeteria. Johnston makes her dinner choices with co-author Carol Dawson right behind her at the Luby's on Steck Ave. recently before a book signing. (Crider story)

Carol Johnston, only child of Luby’s co-founder Charles and Gertrude Johnston, makes her dinner choices at the Luby’s on Steck Ave. (Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.)

Don’t laugh. You know you want to go back to those moments you had as a kid filling your cafeteria tray on Sunday post-church lunch stops with your parents.

Broken Spoke

The Broken Spoke on Wednesday October 22, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Broken Spoke on Wednesday October 22, 2014. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Chicken fried steak as famous as the music venue next to it.

Now, go forth and enjoy some chicken fried steak. Any questions?

 

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