Chicken fried steak, sometimes referred to as “country fried steak,” is a hearty old-fashioned American classic. The dish is typically prepared using breaded, tenderized steak cutlets, coated in flour and then pan-fried and served with gravy. The enduring popularity of this American cuisine has led many dining establishments to feature the dish on their menus, and the nation’s capital is no exception. Here are several of the many great restaurants and cafes around D.C. where you can get your fill on some of the best chicken fried steak around.
Lincoln’s Waffle Shop
504 10th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-4008

At Lincoln’s Waffle Shop in historic downtown D.C., you’ll discover one of the city’s best-kept secrets for hearty home-cooked fare. This quaint little restaurant has been dishing up country classic favorites in food for well over 20 years. The menu offers a versatile range of breakfast and lunch selections, including fried steak—a featured favorite. The Lincoln’s country fried steak special comes with two eggs, a choice of home fries or a waffle and is served with brown gravy.

Cowboy Café
4792 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 243-8010

Discover the old west on the east coast at Cowboy Café in Arlington. This restaurant stays open late, serving beer, sandwiches and all your pub favorites while also featuring nightly entertainment. The weekend brunch scene is a quieter, quainter affair, reminiscent of all your rugged country favorites. You may choose to order from the everyday breakfast menu or delight in the featured special country breakfast available on weekends. The country breakfast offers delicious, home-cooked helpings of all your favorites, including the ever-popular country fried steak. The dish is served with gravy, two eggs (prepared how you like them), home fries and toast.

Penn Commons
700 6th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 905-2999

For a truly American tavern experience, head to D.C.’s own Penn Commons. Here you can explore a diverse range of delicious offerings, from breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, to satisfying selections in beers, wines, specialty cocktails and American spirits. Special menus are also available, including the restaurant’s unique $19 Three Course Brunch offered on weekends. One of the brunch menu’s most popular items is the chicken fried steak meal, which comes served with mashed potatoes, southern succotash and, of course, country gravy.

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Southside 815
815 S. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-6222

This Old Town favorite has been graciously serving up southern cuisine since first opening its doors back in 1993. Here you can enjoy a bountiful menu, laden with delicious house exclusives, as well as drink selections. In addition to offering regular fixed menu selections, Saturdays and Sundays feature a unique country-style brunch menu with all your old-fashioned southern picks. Southside’s chicken fried steak and eggs platter is made from certified Black Angus sirloin, coated in the restaurant’s own southern breading, deep-fried and topped with sausage gravy and eggs sunny-side up. Home fries are served on the side.

EPIC Smokehouse
1330 S. Fern St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 319-4001

As the name suggests, a truly epic culinary experience awaits you at EPIC Smokehouse in Arlington. The perfect balance of a fine dining steakhouse and casual barbeque stop, here you can enjoy an abundance of menu options available for lunch and dinner. The onsite bar also presents an extensive selection of wine varieties and other drinks. Featured brunch specials are offered on weekends and include all your favorite hearty, home-cooked favorites. EPIC even serves up its own house exclusive spin on country fried steak, which comes smothered in sage sausage gravy and served with a side of old-fashioned grits.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.