Out here in West Texas, a chicken fried steak is referred to as a "chicken fry". When saying it you have to kinda let the word "fry" tail off too. Almost as if it's not a word.
Trust me, you can order a chicken fried steak without knowing how to properly say it. Yes, every waitress in town knows what that means and can distinguish that from chicken fried chicken.
There are few factors to weigh into a good "chicken fry", and that's the steak itself, the batter/crust, the gravy...and the size.
Hey, this is Texas, and everything is bigger in Texas. We have quite a few places to sink your teeth into a good chicken fried steak, so try em all.