I always thought chicken fried steak sounded like a ridiculously fatty recipe.
I can almost feel the extra fat accumulating around my gut when I think of a slab of beef dipped in batter, fried like a drumstick, then covered in thick, country-style gravy. However, if there is ever a time to indulge in decadence, it’s brunch.
So I went for it at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View, which has a weekend brunch menu that serves fresh baked pretzels and stuffed donuts filled with fresh fruit and cream (I’m getting the donut next time!).
Dish of Choice
So I went back and forth between the Biscuits & Gravy and the Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, but I finally decided on the latter. The steak is coated and fried in buttermilk batter and covered in country gravy. It’s also served with eggs any style (I ordered scrambled), biscuits, and country potatoes.
To sip on, I ordered the Champagne Punch, made with champagne (of course), vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and seasonal fresh fruits.
My bill came out to about $24, before tax and tip.
I was pleased with the Chicken Fried Steak, although it probably set me back a bit on my daily calorie intake. The steak was enormous.There were some grisly parts throughout the meat, but overall it was pretty tender.
The steak was covered in rich and creamy gravy, and the breading was crispy and well-seasoned. I ended up only getting through one-third of it and boxed the rest for later. The biscuits were soft and fluffy, and the potatoes were nicely toasted.
I was impressed with the Champagne Punch, which was loaded with slices of strawberry, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It was refreshing, tart and not too sweet or heavy on the alcohol.
Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant is located at 895 Villa Street in downtown Mountain View. The restaurant is known for its modern American take on the German biergarten and features 31 taps of craft and import beer – 16 house staples and 15 rotating taps, according to its website. The menu has four flights of beer to choose from and also has gluten-free beer options.
Steins also offers private dining in its Ale Room, Lager Room and private beer garden, according to its site. The entire restaurant can be reserved for up to 400 guests as well. Those who visit its website can take an interactive virtual tour and download its app to get free drinks.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (650) 963-9568 or visit steinsbeergarden.com.