When you’re looking for a hearty breakfast there are a few dishes that come to mind, like a short-stack of pancakes with eggs and hash browns. But there’s one particular morning feast that’s hefty enough to satisfy even the most outrageous appetite: chicken fried steak. In Sacramento, these top five restaurants and family-owned cafes do this delectable breakfast meal justice, and usually served with a side of biscuits and gravy. Prepare for the food coma.
Lucky Cafe
1111 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-9620

With a lot of restaurant reviews stating Lucky Cafe’s chicken fried steak is the best “on the entire planet,” it’s no wonder the quaint midtown eatery is packed daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another practice Lucky Cafe boasts is “the only thing we use frozen is ice,” meaning they never use freezer-based food products when preparing customer’s meals. So, rest assured the chicken fried steak is prepped fresh to order and fried to a golden crisp before topped with thick and hearty gravy and served with a side of house-made hash and eggs. Caution: May cause drowsiness.

Sarom’s Southern Kitchen
1901 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 571-5355

When a Southern-style kitchen comes to mind, images of chicken fried steak automatically take over the mind. It’s no different at Sarom’s with a menu that lists peppery bowls jambalaya, buttermilk waffles and fried chicken plates, and each table is equipped with at least four varieties of hot sauce. Now that’s Southern hospitality. But we’re here for the chicken fried steak, and Sarom’s doesn’t skimp on the steak to gravy ratio. A well tenderized portion of steak with a crispy coating is fried perfectly and holds in its juices, served with a creamy and savory sausage gravy.

Easy On I
1725 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 469-9574

Easy On I is known as a spot “where midtown hangs.” One feature that makes this an easy choice to spend an early afternoon is its extensive brunch menu peppered with savory and sweet menu items fit for any appetite. For a bit of sweet, try the French toast, which is four slices of French bread dipped in vanilla, cinnamon and eggs, lightly fried, and topped with bananas, walnuts, caramel sauce and whipped cream. For the savory palate, the Southern Fried Steak and Eggs is the way to go with tender portions of sirloin strip marinated and coated in a house blend of spices and covered with gravy. A steak knife is the only tool needed to finish off this plate.

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The Shady Lady Saloon
1409 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 231-9121

The Shady Lady Saloon is known for its old-time, prohibition-era decor, artisan cocktails and a unique food menu that’s inspired by traditional Southern cuisine and even a little Latin flair here and there with its classic rancheros and deep-fried breakfast chimichanga. Still, Southern food makes a lot of appearances on the fine establishment’s morning, afternoon and evening menus. For brunch at Shady Lady, chicken fried steak is priced at $12 and served with house-made buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. Be sure to ask your server which seasonal beverage would pair with such a generous portion of Southern flair.

Cricket’s Country Kitchen
4745 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 331-6405

From large and fluffy homemade omelets to hand-kneaded biscuits topped with savory gravy, Cricket’s Country Kitchen boasts fresh ingredients and also the best chicken fried steak in town. At Cricket’s two large portions of crispy-fried steak take up three-quarters of an oval-shaped breakfast plate. The chicken fried steak is traditionally ladled with chunky sausage gravy and served with a side of peppery scrambled, hard-fried, or over medium eggs. Visit this country-themed eatery on an empty stomach and bring a friend or family member along to help you finish every last bite.

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