It is hard to say what makes the chicken-fried steak at Hyde Park so great. It follows the traditional style of stake cutlet dipped in buttermilk and batter, but once you take that first bite, it's so flavorful that it seems like there must be other magical elements at play. The cream gravy is spiced perfectly with fresh cracked pepper that blends perfectly with the seasoning of the batter. Simple on the surface, but not easy to replicate.
Fair warning, this is going to set you back a bit, but the $19 price tag is quite worth it. The chicken-fried steak at Olivia is only sold during brunch, so you’re gonna have to get up early to taste this work of art. Olivia named its chicken-fried steak after Texas music/420-friendly legend Willie Nelson. The 6oz steak is fried to perfection, then topped off with red-eye brown gravy, herb smashed potatoes (red-eyed and herbed? We see what you did there), and served with a green salad with buttermilk dressing. For health.