Good Morning!! Hand Breaded Chicken Fried Steak is our #1 food item we serve. On a slow day, we hand bread and fry at least 90 plus and on a Friday....Oh Mylanta is all I can say. The Chicken fry steak is only 1 of many items that we fry.....a lot of our menu is hand breaded and made right when ordered so yall can imagine what a crazy stressful area the fry station is when 500 to 600 guest will pass through the doors on any given day. Needless to say it is the hardest job at the CIG & it is a position that is hard to fill. We lost our fry guy a while back & Shelby has been fryin up the CIG favorite's while we find someone that is qualified to take over. I hired a guy a while back, Stephen. He is prob my age or a little younger and he has become a great asset to the kitchen over the last few weeks but he was not hired to man the breading & fry station. The time between 10:30 & 11:00 is always pretty stressful for everyone, the girls are changing into lunch stations & the kitchen is trying to set up the line for lunch while still cooking breakfast, it is my least favorite time of day because this is when mistakes happen. Yesterday I hear through the CIG grapevine that Stephen was going to try to learn to fry......I was at first shocked, why would anyone volunteer for the worst job back there....OR was he being bullied by his co-workers, I make my way back & talked with Shelby & he was ok with it (of course no frying for Shelby makes him a happy camper....oh j/k).....We start lunch and Stephen is in my mind......my thoughts leave him as the line builds and the food start flowing, the cook time's where never over 10 minutes....the CIG kitchen crew did an amazing job. Happy Beautiful Friday yall.....gosh the reason for the long story about really nothing was to share what Stephen said to me yesterday when I went to find him.......The crazy lunch rush was over and I make my way to the kitchen, I find Stephen at the hand sink cleaning up. "Geez Stephen, I am so proud of you, you did a great job today, what made you want to fry or do you want to fry?" as he pulls the towels to dry his hand, his words stop me in my tracks...."Thanks, I had a lot of help...... no not that I really wanted to but what I want to do is be what you need Teresa.....so if that is what you need this is what I want to do."WOW" is all I can say......isn't this how we are suppose to answer our heavenly father......I may not want to: ....work with children, cut hair, deliver food, be a cashier, a garbage man/women,a missionary but if this is what you need I will......Have a beautiful blessed Friday yall!!
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.