Eating Tulsa:Old School Chicken Fried Steak at Nelson's
By Charles Ely
All this week we're exploring the heart of Oklahoma comfort food.It's the crunch, the gravy and the greasy goodness of chicken fried steaks.In Eating Tulsa we'll take you to five classic places.We begin in the shadow of downtown Tulsa, with recipes that have been around for a very long time.When you have a conversation about chicken fried steaks in Tulsa, the talk often starts with Nelson's Ranch House Buffeteria.They've been at it almost 90 years and they swear that nothing has changed.Nelson Roger's Grandfather started downtown in 1929.When his father retired and closed their famous downtown location in 2004 he missed the food.So four years later he revived the place near 3rd and Utica to keep their classic southern soul food coming.He says it was too good, to have it lost.Eddie Joe Bagsby is still in the kitchen is from the original place,He make it his business to keeps to the traditions alive.The recipes are simple, with just flour white, pepper and salt going into the batter.Eddie will tell you this is exactly the way it was done downtown and his customers will know if there are any changes.He says you can't rush the cooking.He's amazed at how many people can't get it done right, because they aren't patient enough."It takes about 10 minutes or less.I like mine golden brown I don't want em no darker than that."It turns out I'm not the only one who likes Eddie's cooking.There are many regulars who keep coming week after week.Josh Redwood came is no often, they made him their delivery man."Oh, I love it it's the best in town I been all over and you cant get anything like it."Regulars like Keith Goudlock won't go anywhere else for the chicken fry."I've eaten at Nelson's since 1969, I've been a customer for a long time."The restaurant business isn't the easiest way to make a living but, but Rogers says they all take pride in carrying on the traditions."Food is so important to everyone in gives you a sense of fulfillment to feed people.If you're not familiar with Nelson's, they're on 3-rd just west of Utica.They're open 7:00 to 2:00 Monday through Saturday
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