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Best Chicken Fried Steak?

Since most of the replies were for Northern Virginia, I thought I would mention Baltimore. In north Baltimore there is Zen West (5916 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212) that has a CFS that they call their signature dish. It isn't authentic Texas, but it is pretty good (they use buttermilk in the coating). The only problem I have had with Zen West is that they aren't consistent, sometimes they are very good and others they are just ok.

Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

Eichenkranz is wonderful! There is nothing like it left in Baltimore.

A few friends and I go there when we need a "fix" of German food. You can go to their site online at (I tried to add a link to this post, but I don't know if it will work.)

No dancing and at the present time, no music – they have an advert on their site looking for musicians.

That's not to say that there is no entertainment ... perhaps I shouldn't say this on a public blog, but the staff is wonderfully down-to-earth. There is all the drama and action of TV food show – arguments in the kitchen, arguments between waiters, crashing dishes – and the guests just let it go by as though nothing was happening and the food is served promptly and hot.

I wouldn't change it for the world. I only go a few times a year and it is always the same, yet different.

I love the place!

Eichenkranz Restaurant
611 Fagley St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

If you visit Baltimore, you need to try the " Schnitzel Holstein " they serve at the Eichenkranz Restaurant, 611 South Fagley Street in Highlandtown. All their Schnitzels are good. They serve a good Red Cabbage side dish too.

Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

I always thought it was pan (or skillet) fried with a lid so it has a thinner crust than deep-fried southern chicken, and served with a milk gravy that was made in the pan.

Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

just saw this blog and thought of two things no one else seems to have mentioned – when I was growing up, marconi and cheese always seemed to be served with stewed tomatoes. To this day I feel something is missing if mac & cheese is served without stewed tomatoes. (you can get a great mac & cheese at Birches Restaurant on S. Montford Ave. but without stewed tomatoes.) The second thing is the brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup that they used to serve at the Read's lunch counters – that's a real childhood memory, the old Read's at Howard & Lexington and your mom giving you a treat after shopping with her all day.