Norma's Whips Up Chicken Fried Steak Day

Day serves as first semi-official recognition of fried greatness

Area residents who woke up today with an inexplicable urge for chicken fried steak can thank the folks at Norma’s Café for the hankering.

Norma’s owner Ed Murph and Jeffrey Yarbrough, a longtime restaurateur and CEO of bigInk Public Relations and Marketing, concocted the state’s first Chicken Fried Steak Day, also called Texas CFS Day, and it’s, well, today.

“No one does chicken fried like Texans, it’s about time we celebrate the soul food of our state … chicken fried steak,” Yarbrough said in a news release, and who can argue with that?

Other home-cooking institutions across Texas — Blue Bonnet Café in Marble Falls [oh, yeah], Hoover’s Cooking in Austin, Las Casas in Temple, Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth, and Perini Ranch Steak House in Buffalo Gap — heeded the call and joined the movement.

“We’ve rallied up this team of restaurants to kick-off Texas CFS day and extend the invitation to any joint interested in taking part in the fun. We want this day to get bigger and bigger as the years go by,” Murph said in the same release, and you know it’s gonna be good if the chicken fried steak is served up in a “joint.”

So get out there and order a chicken fried steak for dinner tonight and pay homage to the greatness that is Texas, the greatness that is chicken fried steak.

Me? I’m going over to Matt’s Rancho Martinez and ordering The Cowboy, “smothered with chili, cheese, and onions, served with beans and rice.”

Now, them’s good eatin’.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He likes chicken fried steak … and pie, definitely pie … mmm, pie [wiping mouth and thinking about pie].

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