Nancy Fulton, owner
Credit: Shannon Cornman
Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for desserts, or maybe it’s because I’ll eat nearly anything that’s fried, but the signs for “Fried Pies” along the Arbuckle Mountains are among the most interesting to me.
Recently, I was driving through Oklahoma City and noticed signs for Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. I admit, I didn’t read the signs closely and thought it strange for a fried pie business some 75 miles away to be advertising so much in the metro.
When I paid closer attention, I noticed there is actually an OKC location. Since August of 2011, it’s been serving up freshly made dessert and meat pies seven days a week.
The OKC restaurant is in addition to the original
Davis location on I-35. Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies has been opening
shops across the Sooner State, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado and, most
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you are craving a novelty like fried pies, the eatery won’t disappoint.
The menu includes traditional fruit fried pies like apricot, apple,
cherry, peach, pineapple and blackberry. And for cream-pie lovers like
me, it also includes chocolate, coconut, lemon and vanilla. If you’re
hungry for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu includes heartier pies
like beef and vegetable, spinach and mushroom, broccoli-chicken and
fillings and crust are made from scratch daily, hand-folded, crimped and
fried in peanut oil. Company-wide, the apricot pies are its best seller.
In OKC, manager Roger Hamilton says the cream pies seem to be the most
For lunch, I
gave the pizza-style fried pie a try. Folded inside a flaky crust, it is
pretty basic and includes pepperoni, tomato sauce and melted Italian
cheeses. The meat and vegetable pies are made-to-order, so be careful —
they are hot! I also gave the bacon, cheese and egg fried pie a shot.
The breakfast pie was packed full of cheese but had a little less egg than I was expecting.
were good, but I favored the dessert pies a bit more. You can’t go
wrong with chocolate! While I’m a fairly small girl, I have a really big
appetite, so one pie wasn’t quite enough to fill me up since I was
making an entire meal of it. One meat pie and one dessert pie did the
restaurant’s interior is reminiscent of a donut shop, with just a few
small tables and chairs and a large glass display case. While you can
dine inside, most customers get their orders to go, and I’d probably
recommend the same. For people in a hurry, there is also a drive-through
window and call-ahead ordering.
The staff is extremely friendly, and Hamilton said the same of customers.
a real neat business to be in,” he said. “In most businesses that work
with the public, you have to deal with angry people. There aren’t a lot
of angry people who eat fried pies. We have a very warm clientele.”
Mountain Fried Pies sees a lot of regular customers and tourists —
local people bringing out-of-town guests in for a unique Southern dish.
The restaurant also keeps busy with catering orders for corporate
The pies are
reasonably priced, ranging from $2.99 to $3.99 each. And if you are
looking for a deal, dessert pies — which are made fresh each morning —
are frozen at the end of the day and sold at a discount. Frozen pies are
sold individually ($2.29) or discounted deeper at a dozen ($1.89).
Hamilton recommends baking frozen pies in the oven instead of the
microwave to get a crispier crust.
If you’re like me and have a hard time deciding what to order, don’t fret. Samples of each filling can be provided upon request.
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