Fried Chicken at Eishen's in Okarche Oklahoma

Eischen’s: Famous Fried Chicken

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109 N. 2nd St.
Okarche, OK 73762

Exterior of Eischen's in Okarche Oklahoma

You’ve probably heard of Eischen’s. If you haven’t, you need to know about it. After all, hundreds of thousands of people travel from across the country and even around the world to Okarche, just outside Oklahoma City’s metro, to experience the famous fried chicken at Eishen’s Bar. They’ve been featured regularly in food publications including the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Yes, Eischen’s has brought a bit of fame to OKC that is worthy of attention.

Set in the oldest continuously-operating bar in Oklahoma (since 1896), Eischen’s added fried chicken to its menu in the 1960s and, well, the rest is history. Eating fried chicken here is an experience that includes marveling at the mysterious green dust on the floor, searching for an open table, and finally biting into that much-awaited piece of fried chicken goodness.

There are only eight items on the menu which is printed on the side of each napkin dispenser and on a big board overhead. The chicken is obviously the star and it doesn’t disappoint. You can only order it as a whole chicken, cut into pieces, for $13. It’s fried to a golden, crispy perfection and accompanied by sweet and dill pickles, fresh cut white onions and white bread. Be careful — that beautiful pile of chicken you just ordered is served right out of the fryer. It’s hot! The crispy exterior seals in juices and steam which both come pouring out on your first bite.

Other items on the menu include fried okra ($6), cheese nachos ($6), chili cheese nachos ($8), and beef sandwiches. The okra is sized to share, very fresh, and perfectly fried. The other items are good but fairly standard. You can order them as appetizers if you wish to curb your hunger as you wait for your chicken (which can take a while depending on the crowd).

Although it is a bar, it really has evolved into a family-friendly restaurant. The interior is expansive with small and large booths and tables to accommodate any size group. There’s even a game room to enjoy while you wait. Oh, and the only beverages served here are water, soft drinks, and beer.

Eischen’s doesn’t have any plates or silverware. Instead, you get sheets of wax paper to serve as the base for your piles of food. If you need to take something to go, they’ll usually be happy to bring you a couple of sheets of aluminum foil to wrap it up. I think you get the picture — no frills here, but it’s all part of the experience.

Tim told me that Eischen’s fourth-generation owner claimed to run 2,000 people through the restaurant most every Saturday. Pretty amazing considering the entire town of Okarche only has 1,200 residents. Needless to say, Eischen’s can be quite crowded, especially on the weekend evenings. Be prepared to scout for an open table and, once your order is placed, to wait a good long time for some famous fried chicken. The servers might be a bit rushed as the crowds keep them moving and, yes, they might need a reminder about your drink preference. On the other hand, Tim went early on a Saturday once for lunch and said that was a great time to avoid the crowds.

Crowds or no crowds, Eischen’s should definitely be on your list to try. It’s an Oklahoma icon that’s pretty convenient especially for those on the northwest side. I know it’s hyped up, and sometimes that can work against a place, but in my opinion (and Tim’s), Eischen’s is well deserving of their fame. Oh, and remember to grab some cash before you head out, because Eischen’s doesn’t take plastic.

Have you been to Eischen’s? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Shannon says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:35 pm   

    Yes, Love Eischens! Also, they buy there chicken fresh from suppliers in Oklahoma City.

  • DGee says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:42 pm   

    I don’t get it….this place is gross and the chicken is not good! Oklahomans are brainwashed into thinking this is good chicken! I’m not from here and everyone I met, when I moved here 15 years ago, told me I had to eat here. I was floored when I got there. Nasty tables, smelled like they were wiped with day old bleachwater. Worst menu. Kids in a bar??? You have to fight for a table and sit with people that smell of B.O. Greasy, bloody chicken was what we all had. Owner, or manager, whoever, wouldn’t even apologize! No thank you!

  • John says:
    September 15th, 2012 at 10:28 am   

    Overrated! It is not worth the drive when I can make chicken just as good at home.

  • Sam says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am   

    The chicken is fine but if you don’t like okra or the same cheap nachos you get at a ballgame there is nothing else to eat but just chicken. Way overated!

  • My Name is Earl says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 12:09 am   

    The chicken is great, especially when it’s hot. Never had a bad bird. The okra’s pretty good. Everything else is meh. It’s a dark joint with some character, but it isn’t nasty as some here have claimed.

  • La Prima says:
    June 14th, 2013 at 2:47 pm   

    Nothing beats good, fresh fried chicken! I don’t just order chicken to eat while there, I also get a second one to go. Pop it in the oven or just eat it cold. Tasty either way.

  • Jennifer says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 3:03 pm   

    This chicken is the best! Always juicy and delicious. Some people look at the exterior and think they are too good for the place so they are determined not to enjoy it. One thing I like is that people from all walks of life come together to eat here. I don’t like okra but here I will eat it like candy. I have been to Eishens about 50 times now and each time it has been delicious. Don’t listen to the negative feedback. Some people think they are too good for anything.Just don’t go on Friday and Saturday nights. VERY BUSY….

  • 300lbs of Fury says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 3:53 pm   

    Very overrated! The chicken I fry at home is much tastier and crunchy. The Triple D was there and was not impressed and neither was I.

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