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The Arbuckles are alive with the smell of fried pies!

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Fried-pie seeking customers place an order for - you guessed it! - fried pies!
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DAVIS, Okla. – I’ve driven past exit 51 on Interstate 35 plenty of times. And yes, I’ve seen the signs trying to lure me off the road to come try some fried pies at the Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies shop (or is that “shoppe,” as in Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppe?).

Well, as fate would have it, my companion and I had not eaten that afternoon as we went down into the Arbuckles following up a lead on a sighting of the legendary and elusive “Pinkfoot” creature (said to be a cousin of “Bigfoot”) near the Bald Catfish Tourist Court.

But Pinkfoot would have to wait. The alluring odor of fried pie filling wafted through the humid June air. Sure, I might get sick from wolfing down some fried pies on this muggy day, but isn’t life about taking risks? After all, our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was known for his love of what they then called “crab lanterns.”

Fried pies are big business in these parts. Nancy, the Fried Pie Lady, tells us that her granny used to make her famous fried pies for ranch hands here in the Arbuckles, filled with meats or fruits or creams. Her team was hard at work filling orders this particular day.

There are approximately 27 Fried Pie locations in the US, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma witha few in Arkansas and also in Sikeston, Mo., Cincinnati, Ohio and Fargo, North Dakota. Can you believe it? 

There are apricot, apple, peach, cherry, pineapple, blackberry fried pies. There are sugar free pies, too! And coconut, chocolate, lemon and vanilla pies too. Tex-Mex pies were offered as well.

Oh, and breakfast is served any time. You can get a fried pie stuffed with bacon, Polish sausage, regular sausage, cheese, potatoes ... you get the idea. Next time I'm going for a breakfast fried pie.

Mmmm! Ahhhh!!! Fried pie!!! Filled with chocolately, creamy goodness! (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

My companion had a pizza pie. It reminded him of a “Hot Pocket,” the ones that comedian Jim Gaffigan makes fun of in his standup routine. But this, he said, was better.

Mine was the chocolate cream fried pie. I started hallucinating halfway through it but came back down – satisfied.

The lines were long and the service was fast and friendly. There’s plenty of room inside the A-framed roofed building, complete with a red (Sinclair) dinosaur and rooster on the covering for the gas pumps.

The red dinosaur and rooster keep an ey eon things at Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies! (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Yes, you can eat fried pies and get gas right here at the Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies shop!

Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies is worth the stop. If only I had done this years ago!

Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies
4145 U.S. 77
Davis, OK 73030
Phone: 580-369-7830

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