As many restaurants as Richmond has, there are plenty of foods you just can’t find here. Or at least really good versions. While talking to Zach at Lamplighter about local food trends, he lamented one of this town’s shortcomings. “We don’t have a country fried steak that’s a 10.” (apparently, in his travels, he once cooked in a restaurant making just that, so he should know)
It was like he spoke the magic words just then triggering some long forgotten childhood memories to flash before my eyes. I LOVED country fried steak as a kid (must’ve blacked out those experiences during veggie reporgramming). The thick coating of crunchy batter. The flattened piece of mystery meat. And my favorite part: the gloppy white gravy, speckled with black pepper (oh, that’s why it’s been expunged from my memory).
That’s right. I haven’t even thought about that dish while living in Richmond. Maybe that has something to do with my own dietary choices, but still. What an omission for a southern town. Disbelieving Zach a little bit, I asked Twitter, “Who has a decent country fried steak in #RVA?” While waiting for responses, and sensing my own craving welling up inside me, I threw out another. “Who has a VEGETARIAN country fried steak in #RVA?”
Here’s what came back:
Did we miss any? The Tweet that questioned my ability to reason properly segued into concern about my toddler’s stomach bug. He’s fine now. Except, he’s still a toddler. No treatment for that except a tincture of time, as our pediatrician says. However, patience does not put the country fried steak on the table in front of Richmond’s fans of the southern classic, aka CFS. How do we remedy this?
Would you say any of the above referenced restaurants are cranking out a “10″ as Zach put it? If not, are there any cooks out there who might be willing to put it on their specials board so we can all flock to their restaurant for a taste? In my case, a pounded out piece of seitan, batter fried, gravy slathered, and bereft of nutritional value would really hit the spot right now. I could be willing to go as high as $8.50. And I would surely order a beer to go with, so let’s start the bidding.
Who will fill this need in Richmond?