Best Chicken-Fried Steak - 2007
Lankford Grocery and Market
88 Dennis St.
Houston, TX 77006
Lankford Grocery and Market started out as a grocery store, but it became so famous for hamburgers that at some point, it morphed into a restaurant. Today, this funky country-style café in an inner-city neighborhood is a Houston civic treasure. The breakfasts are excellent, the hamburgers are stellar and they have the best chicken-fried steak in the city. Unfortunately, it's served as a lunch special on Thursdays only. They start with eye-of-round, which is tenderized with a meat mallet into small, thick steaks. The meat is dipped in a well-seasoned batter that forms a thick crust. What comes to the table looks just like a flattened piece of Southern fried chicken. A baked potato garnished with sour cream, cheddar and green onions is served on the side.