Fulton’s Fried Pies: pies for dinner?
Fulton’s Fried Pies is located in Oklahoma City at 3721 NW 50th Street (map). Call them at 405.946.0881.
PLEASE NOTE: This restaurant has changed it’s name to Original Fried Pie Place.
If you are like me you have probably seen Fulton’s Fried Pies for years now sitting just west of Portland on NW 50th. I had just never been inside because I’m not a big dessert guy. But then I heard they have breakfast, lunch and dinner pies. This definitely piqued my interest so I finally got around to visiting them the other day. What a pleasant surprise this place turned out to be!
The inside reminded me of a small donut shop so I instantly felt at home. As you enter, you will find a display case full of pies that are only distinguishable by their labels. There are two four-seater tables, a small coffee table with a few chairs, and a rack of free local newspaper offerings in case you want to sit down and read something while you snack. This place is not particularly shady, but to get there you do have to drive past Coit’s Drive-In which could cause your stomach to wrench and send you into traumatic flashbacks of the time you were talked into eating there.
When you think “fried pie,” you probably think of a grease-saturated pastry with a pasty, super sweet filling. That has always been my experience. But the pies at Fulton’s are anything but greasy. They start with a light, homemade puff pastry, stuff it with some filling, and fry it. Pretty simple, but the secret is in this delicate, beautiful pastry. If you’ve been disappointed by overworked, flavorless, hyper-dense dough in the past, you need to try Fulton’s and experience how delightful a fried pie crust can be.
While they do have an assortment of fruit pies and other dessert pies like chocolate, coconut cream, apricot, peach, cherry … etc., the lunch and dinner pies are what really make this place great for me. I mean, dessert pies are standards and, you know, a breakfast pie isn’t much of a stretch (who wouldn’t like a combination of sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese wrapped up in a pastry). But, lunch and dinner pies, now that’s truly novel.
Think of them like … well … like hand-held pot pies. Wait! That’s a bad comparison because if you are like me, pot pies of your past have consisted of a frozen vegetable mixture in a bad gravy topped with an overworked, tough pastry, or worse … canned biscuits. Nevermind … get that out of your head. Ok, now try to image if that pot pie of your past had tasted good … and if you could somehow hold it in your hand. Mmmm … now that’s why I believe these fried, tender, flaky, stuffed pockets of goodness are truly a unique treasure in our city.
My lunch companions and I sampled six of the seven offerings. Let’s walk through these.
First, the Tex-Mex pie was stuffed with beans, chili, and yellow cheese. It’s like a chili burrito in a pastry shell. Not the favorite of the crowd, but not bad.
Next, the chicken and broccoli pie was quite good. Pretty familiar concept. You see chicken broccoli and cheese stuffed into stuff all the time. Good choice. Also, the spinach, mushroom, and cheese pie presents a similarly tasty concept.
The beef and vegetable pie is like a traditional pot pie offering. You know, stew wrapped in pastry. The BBQ pie was probably the least favorite. Not bad, but it was just kind of weird to have shredded beef barbeque and barbeque sauce in a pastry.
I think the shining star was the comfort food pie which features potato, cheese, and slices of polish sausage. Fantastic. What made it even better was the fact that it wasn’t sitting under the warmer ready for the lunch crowd. They made this one fresh. It was piping hot and plenty filling.
We also tried an assortment of dessert pies which you can top with a scoop of ice cream if you choose. Dessert pies are what you would imagine. They taste like dessert pies. I’m not a dessert guy, except for bananas foster and pumpkin pie which unfortunately they did not serve. But, regardless of your pie preference, there is certainly something here that will make you happy.
Now a word of warning. There are repercussions to eating loads of fried pies. First, if you have a peanut allergy, these will kill you. They are fried in 100% peanut oil. Second, fried pies aren’t exactly light, healthy, foods. These stick with you when you leave. I don’t have the capacity to hold large quantities of food, so I’m a bad judge of filling capacity, but you can trust my lunch companions who will tell you that these are filling. I think we were all less productive than normal after this lunch. As always, eat fried meals in moderation.
But aside from the obvious dangers of consuming fatty foods wrapped in pastry and deep-fried, I can’t say anything bad about this place. There’s no doubt that tasty, unique morsels can be found inside. Plus, there are so many ways to try them. Pick up some breakfast pies on your way to the office and be an instant hit among your peers or direct reports. Indulge yourself with delicious and unique lunch and dinner pies. Or, simply stop by to have a dessert pie for an afternoon snack or to cap off a meal. Whatever you choose, please leave us your comments and let us know what you think.