Each year, Lamesa hosts its Chicken Fried Steak festival. It celebrates the creation of the southern staple right here in this community.
According to published reports, back in 1911 a short order cook received an order for chicken and fried steak. But, he missed the comma and thought the order was for one dish.
So, he dipped the steak into the fried chicken batter, and the rest is history.
Now the dish is the focus of the annual festival that draws people to Lamesa year after year.
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