Fulton’s Fried Pies: pies for dinner?

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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.

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  • kurt says:
    November 25th, 2008 at 8:40 pm   

    I’ve had the fried pies here a couple of times and found them to be quite tasty. Inexpensive too.

    Andrew, the next time you’re in the area try the burritos in the Shamrock station on the SE corner of Portland and NW50th. Good stuff!

  • Noelle says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 7:55 am   

    Fulton’s Fried Pies rock. My favorite is the chicken and broccoli. They are incredibly tasty and the pastry is DELICIOUS. Their products are always fresh and I never mind the wait as they make my pies from scratch.

    I also agree with Kurt about the Shamrock station. Their burritos rock! You gotta love gas station food! I also hear the Valero on NW 122nd and Western has some pretty tasty fried meat pies as well.

  • Jennifer says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 12:11 pm   

    Does anyone happen to know if they take plastic or are they a cash-only affair? Would like to try them, just need to know whether I need to be packing green~

  • David says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 12:31 pm   

    Unless I’m badly mistaken, peanut oil is not a guaranteed danger, depending on how refined it is. Chick-Fil-A, for example, uses highly refined peanut oil, which poses really no threat to those allergic to peanuts.

  • Ryan says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 12:54 pm   

    @Jennifer – I just called them and they do take CC but they said their machine was acting up. Sounds like it would be a good idea to get some cash before you go, just in case.

  • Mark says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 4:09 pm   

    I love the lemon, chocolate and pecan pies, I am going to have to try the meal pies.

  • ballerinatoes says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 5:39 pm   

    Thanks for reviewing Fultons! I didn’t know they had anything but sweets. Will be trying.

  • Kevin says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 8:07 pm   

    I wanna be a fried pie ranger
    I wanna live a life of danger
    Fried Pie, Ranger
    Fried Pies,Danger
    8^)

  • Tim says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:41 pm   

    @Kevin … nice. Very nice.

  • Andrew says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 10:45 pm   

    Impressive, but can you compose a Fried pie Haiku??

  • CGHill says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 10:51 pm   

    Beneath this brown crust
    All manner of warm delights
    Awaiting your bite

  • Beth says:
    November 28th, 2008 at 12:22 am   

    Ok even after all the turkey today, I am now HUNGRY!

  • Sunday Afternoon 48 fl. oz. of Crystal Light Lemonade - MissWisabus.com says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 2:44 pm   

    [...] Fried pies, yum. Next to donuts, that would be the first thing I’d go for on a high-carb day. [...]

  • nat says:
    December 1st, 2008 at 3:57 pm   

    Next time you are driving south down I-35, stop at exit 51 and visit Nancy’s fried pies. Pretty much the exact same menu, but for some reason I like their pastry dough better. My husband actually had 200 of their chocolate fried pies as his grooms “cake” at our wedding reception! They were a huge hit.

  • Tim says:
    December 1st, 2008 at 5:41 pm   

    @CGHill, excellent work. I do love a good Haiku.

    @nat, I just noticed all of the hand-made fried pie signage on the interstate on the way to Texas and back last weekend. Thanks for the recommendation, I will have to try and stop next time.

  • Bizzle says:
    December 1st, 2008 at 7:24 pm   

    I wonder if Nancy’s is the fried pie place in Ardmore? If so, I didn’t care for them. I guess I was spoiled by my old baby sitter in Kentucky…her fried apple pies were fab. I drive right by Fulton’s on the way to work. I will give them a try.

  • Isaac says:
    January 8th, 2009 at 4:25 pm   

    there is a pie place on NW expressway between rockwell and council I think. Old Western looking. anyone ever been there?? Is it dead?

  • Tim says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 10:31 am   

    @Isaac, that’s Pioneer pies. It’s actually east of Rockwell I think. I’m not sure if it’s still open. I haven’t been there in a long, long time. Pioneer pies is very different from a fried pie place, though. It’s more traditional country cooking with a selection of standard dessert pies that aren’t fried.

  • Cat says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 1:42 pm   

    BTW,Fulton’s fried pies and Nancy’s fired pies are the same. Her name is Nancy Fulton, and she started the original fried pies in Davis, OK. They just opened a new location in Chickasha,OK this month.

  • Diane says:
    August 13th, 2009 at 1:28 pm   

    The FRIED PIE Shoppe in Davis, OK at Exit 51 on I-35 has become my favorite pit stop when I’m traveling to/from Kansas. Just be sure to be there by 7 PM or you’ll miss out on all those delicious fried pies! Apricot is my favorite, but I haven’t sampled all the flavors yet. They are cheaper by the dozen, but since I always share with family/friends, they don’t last very long! I ate the last one this morning and I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms. I found this link when I googled the name to find their other locations. Denison is the closest to me. Sounds like a nice Saturday drive!

  • Cult of Nobody says:
    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:16 am   

    There is a fried pie place out on I-35 now where Papa’s Lil Italy was for years. I haven’t been there yet but I’ve been to both of Fultons locations and enjoy them both.

    And what’s wrong with Coit’s??? I can eat a Maxi Steak Biscuit w/Cheese for breakfast and not have to eat the rest of the day….. Or maybe that’s what’s wrong with Coit’s. That biscuit hits and sticks there for hours.

  • Jeff says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:45 pm   

    I went there today after reading about the place on this site, and was pretty interested in trying it out. Maybe I’m obtuse and missing the point, but the stuff that my friends and I tried was really heavy. They were out of the beef and veggie as well as the chicken and veggie pies but were unclear as to whether that was for the day or forever, so I had the BBQ pie, my friends had the Broccoli and Chicken and the Tex-Mex pies respectively and all of us found them to be overly heavy and not worth the price.

    The lady behind the counter got a phone call as we started ordering, and took the call before allowing us to finish ordering, which I felt was somewhat lacking in customer service. I’ve been to quite a few places mentioned on this site and many of those independently discovered, but of all of them I have to say this is the biggest disappointment that I’ve experienced.

  • SSSSSNAKES says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 9:34 pm   

    What’s wrong with Coit’s???

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