The gold standard around here (Houston area) is Lankford Grocery and T-Bone Tom's in Kemah (http://www.tbonetoms.com/). T-Bone Tom's is one of the few eateries in Kemah not owned by Landry's, Inc., which means it's one of the few with anyone on the premises who can explain what a cook does for a living without having to examine a corporate operations manual
. Like many a good eatery in Texas it was once a butcher shop.
The CFS has got a golden, crisp crust, yellow cream gravy, and the sides are very good (well, most of the ones I've tried). Its available lunch and dinner and on special on Monday. When you can eat CFS 8 days a week like we can here in Texas, it's good to have a variety of well prepared sides.
Lankford is reviewed by the Stern's on this website but they didn't report on the CFS. It unfortunately is offered as a special only for lunch on Thursday, which means they'll start serving it at 11am and be out by 12:30 probably.
The best I've had in recent memory would be these two and Hill's in Austin, all better than what I had at Massey's in Fort Worth. I wouldn't have been shocked if someone told me T-Bone Tom's last name was Hill, but it wasn't, it was Fitzmorris. I'd give an edge to Hill's for the sides, at least the green beans with bacon. There's so much bacon in those beans it should be listed as an entree rather than a side