Since we moved here, Brian has been on the lookout for a good, made from scratch chicken fried steak. Every place he asked, he was disappointed to learn that they made their chicken fried steaks using frozen premade chicken fried steaks.
Behold, the quest has ended.
We found a made-from-scratch chicken fried steak at Sammy’s Grill, out on Highland Road. It’s a bit of a drive out there, and traffic going that way is pretty awful on a Friday evening, but it is worth the trip.
Brian said the chicken fried steak didn’t disappoint! As you can see from the picture, the portions are generous, and everything we’ve had there has been delicious. I’ve had the Seafood Au Gratin and Acadian Catfish (fried catfish fillets topped with crawfish etouffee), and both were lick-the-plate good. Thing Two has expressed his approval of their chicken fingers by cleaning his plate, and he also likes to look at the fish tanks they have around the restaurant.
The first time we went, Thing One wanted to order spaghetti off the adult menu. He’s at that age where a kids’ meal doesn’t always fill him up, and when he’s of a mind to, he can put away some spaghetti. We’re trying to get him to eat more vegetables, and the adult portion came with salad or coleslaw. Our waitress asked him which he’d prefer, and he said he didn’t want either. We said no, if you’re ordering off the adult menu, you need to at least try everything that comes with it, and our waitress went along with the conversation just like we’d planned it ahead of time. She told him, oh, absolutely, he had to have one or the other, and made a big deal out of it. He went with a salad with ranch under much protest, and he wailed and gnashed his teeth when we told him he had to eat three good bites. You’d have thought we were asking him to dine on rusty nails. Finally, after making sure that no green showed through the lettuce for all the ranch, and dramatically loading a crouton onto his fork with each bite, he managed to choke down four bites of salad, and lived to tell the tale. He also ate almost all of his spaghetti. If we’d had any room left for more food, we’d have tried dessert. We’ll have to catch that another time!
The bottom line is, Sammy’s serves good food in a casual atmosphere, they’ve got something to please pretty much every palate, and it’s worth hauling it way out Highland Road for. I’d go earlier in the evening rather than later. They offer a Sunday brunch, and we tried going out there after church once, but it was jam-packed. Maybe someday we’ll make it for brunch!