The Texas Legislature designated Oct. 26 as Chicken Fried Steak Day, but it’s a holiday that hasn’t exactly been embraced by the grease-grubbing public yet.
As soon as I heard the big news, I hightailed it to The Star Cafe for some chicken fried steak, expecting a long line of gravy-slurping fatties waiting in line for lunch. Nope. Just the regular crowd.
Waitress Claudia Hicks wasn’t even aware of today’s importance.
“This is Chicken Fried Steak Day!” I exclaimed.
“No, today’s special is meat loaf,” Hicks replied.
“I mean, it’s Chicken Fried Steak Day,” I stammered before realizing that people don’t hear capital letters. “A state holiday. Big day…big times..big fun… .”
Hicks stared at me with a combination of confusion and sympathy. Apparently the Legislature forgot to tell all the chicken fried steak slingers around the state about the celebration.
I was expecting a discount on chicken fried, not a blank stare. But Claudia brought my lunch a short time later and it was excellent. Star Cafe knows a thing or two about food.
I don’t see CFS Day overtaking Christmas anytime soon, but it’s now one of my favorite holidays. Just look at my plate.