Chicken fried steak is traditionally all about tenderized steak that’s been breaded and fried (or pan fried in the case of country fried steak). While it’s largely considered a classic dish of the American south, all sorts of cultures have their own version of this dish (think milanesa in Mexican cuisine). As such, don’t be surprised to find variations of it on the menu in all sorts of restaurants, and here are five of the best renditions in the Windy City.

2803 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-4600

The Humboldt Park restaurant known as Feed may be best known for it’s wonderful chicken dishes, but the establishment also has a whole array of Southern classics too, including a delicious entree of chicken fried steak. You’ll find this dish a favorite among patrons during brunch, and it’s perfectly cooked and served with items like cheese grits. Brunch starts at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to get there early.

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Dove’s Luncheonette
1545 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4060

The range of Southern-inspired Mexican cuisine is incredible at this Wicker Park hotspot; for instance, the chicken is fried here. In fact, that’s the first big spin on the chicken fried steak dish: it’s actually made with chicken instead of steak! And the chicken actually consists of bone-in thighs, something you won’t find elsewhere. With a little bit of honey mixed in, the dish is also just a tad bit sweet, as well as spicy, because it’s smothered in chorizo verde gravy, an amazing combination!

(Photo Credit: Tiztal Cafe's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Tiztal Cafe’s Facebook)

Tiztal Cafe
4631 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-4631

If you don’t order the chicken fried steak at this Mexican breakfast and brunch place in the Uptown neighborhood, you’ll probably regret your decision. You’ll want to dive into this perfectly fried steak dish and lick every last bit of gravy off of it while you’re at it. Pair this entree with the chilaquiles (and/or the oatmeal shake), if you’re still hungry, and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

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(Photo Credit: Taverna 750’s Facebook)

Taverna 750
750 W. Cornelia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904-7466

Start your brunch at Taverna 750 with plenty of perfectly made mimosas; in fact, you can nab a deal with mimosas plus two courses, or try a deal with mimosas, two courses AND two martinis! For one of those courses, go for a patron favorite, a lovely country fried steak. This bread flank steak is served smothered in white gravy and served alongside a delicious potato hash as well as a biscuit with preserves.

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Buck’s Chicken & Biscuits
1700 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-9700

Buck’s may be known for its fried chicken and biscuits, but when it comes to brunch, opt for the chicken fried steak. The Southern-inspired bar and restaurant serves the chicken fried steak with hot sauce, along with horseradish ranch and sweet pickles. It’s a combo that will pack a punch, and it goes wonderfully with Buck’s brunch punch.

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Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at