Food + Wine

American Food

by JANE AND MICHAEL STERN

OKLAHOMA: Chicken-fried steak
Chicken-fried steak, a piece of steak that is breaded and fried like chicken, traditionally begins as a tough and ornery hunk of meat that gets beaten by the cook until tender. There are a lot of bad versions throughout the Southwest, but when done correctly, it's ideal comfort food for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Along old Route 66 in the town of Stroud is the Rock Cafe, built of red sandstone excavated when the Mother Road was paved. Its cooks do up a fine traditional chicken-fried steak or a splendid variation made from a pork cutlet—the succulent meat is sheathed in a shatteringly brittle crust. Stroud, which bills itself as the heart of the heartland, is a sleepy small town once known for its rough-and-tumble taverns, but it is now more famous for its annual competition of brick and rolling pin throwing.

Rock Cafe
114 W. Main Street
Stroud, Oklahoma
Tel: 918 968 3990

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