Oklahoma is a chicken fried paradise. Whether longing for juicy fried chicken or a tender chicken fried steak, check out our picks for the Sooner State’s best chicken fried hot spots.
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Good chicken fry is a Southern delicacy, easily spotted on menus throughout Oklahoma. We’ve searched high and low for the tastiest chicken fry in the state and are proud to highlight some of the best chicken fried restaurants in the state. Sit down in one of these eateries and prepare to get your fingers a little greasy while savoring a piece of Oklahoma’s culinary history.
You can’t even utter the words “fried chicken” in Oklahoma without Eischen’s Bar coming to mind. Known as the oldest bar in Oklahoma, this much-loved Okarche institution opened shortly after the end of Prohibition. Their fried chicken became an instant hit when it hit the small, eight-item menu during the 1960s. Order the house specialty, the whole fried chicken, and savor chicken that comes to your table right out of the fryer with a side of fresh cut onions, sweet and dill pickles, and fluffy white bread.
During the week, Rockin H Land & Cattle Co. is known for their steaks. Sunday lunches, however, are for Southern fried chicken. This Temple restaurant takes diners on a journey back in time to the potlucks of their childhood with tender pieces of chicken perfectly seasoned and tossed into the fryer. They’re served alongside classic favorites like pepper gravy on mashed potatoes and black-eyed peas slow cooked with generous chunks of bacon.
Once a hidden gem in Oklahoma City, everyone knows about Mama E’s famous wings and waffles after celebrity chef Guy Fieri featured the restaurant on Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” The menu has expanded over the years to include an assortment of soul food specialties but one thing still stands out: the chicken wings. They’re best served atop a fresh waffle, where they’re kicked up a notch with a drizzle of hot sauce and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
The name says it all at Southern Belle restaurant in Heavener, where Southern comfort food reigns supreme. The house specialty here is a boneless chicken breast that sits in a special marinade before it is battered and deep fried. This heavenly chicken is served with a house-made dipping sauce that gives an extra zip of flavor. Southern Belle is known for more than their unique chicken - the restaurant is set inside a restored passenger train car from the 1940s, making a meal here a truly unique experience.
Good soul food has the ability to touch more than just your taste buds. Evelyn’s Soul Food in Tulsa hits the mark with perfectly seasoned and flawlessly fried pieces of juicy chicken accompanied by hearty sides. The recipes for the sweet yams, macaroni and cheese and collard greens are top notch, pair perfectly with Evelyn’s chicken fry and come from top-secret family recipes. Wash it all down with some of the best iced tea in Tulsa.
The humble chicken fried steak has earned its place as the centerpiece of the official Oklahoma state meal, proving no one does this dish better than the Sooner State. It all starts with a piece of beef straight off an Oklahoma ranch that is tenderized, breaded in a special blend of seasonings and fried to perfection. Cream gravy is poured on with a heavy hand, completing this iconic meal. Whether you prefer it on a sandwich at a kitschy diner or served alongside mashed potatoes at a trendy steakhouse, everyone loves this legendary Oklahoma dish.
Clanton’s Café in Vinita has been serving their famous chicken fried steak since 1927. Each plate begins with Tulsa cube steak tenderized and battered using an 80-year-old tried-and-true recipe. The Food Network cameras captured the magic of this dish on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and the dish has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, but the only way to truly experience this breaded and fried luxury is to taste it yourself, in all its gravy-laden glory.
A Tulsa tradition since 1929, Nelson's Buffeteria is best-known for its mouthwatering, award-winning chicken fried steak. Each chicken fried steak is cut, tenderized and breaded by hand daily. Once deep-fried, chefs plate them alongside complementary comfort foods like mashed potatoes, green beans, fried okra, coleslaw, baked beans and mac & cheese. Although the original location closed its doors in 2004, the new iteration of the family-owned Nelson's Buffeteria brings back nostalgic waves of customers seeking out their famous crispy chicken fried steak and meringue pies.
Another sublime chicken fried steak can be found at Cheever’s in Oklahoma City. A rich, savory crust hugs the enormous piece of beef after it’s fried to perfection. After the fryer, this delicious entrée is draped with a silky layer of jalapeno gravy and served alongside garlic-infused, red-skinned mashed potatoes. Leave that steak knife on the table because this chicken fried steak is so tender it cuts with the simple edge of a fork.
For serious chicken fried steak fans, Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble is the place to be. This eatery features the Chicken Fry Challenge, an hour-long dare to devour a plate of three huge chicken fried steaks alongside a salad, potatoes, green beans, a biscuit and cinnamon rolls. If you’re unprepared for such a feast, the chicken fried steak comes in smaller lunch and dinner portions. Begin with an order of fried okra or loaded potato wedges before digging into your steak, but remember to leave room for a complimentary homemade cinnamon roll and finish your meal on a sweet note.
The chicken fried steak is famous on its own at Del Rancho, but diners go nuts for it on the steak sandwich supreme, where the thick ribbon of breaded beef lands between two buttery buns with lettuce, tomato and a spread of Miracle Whip. Country music star and Oklahoma native Toby Keith has even named this sandwich as his all-time favorite meal. With a handful of locations scattered throughout central Oklahoma, you’re never too far away from this Sooner State staple.
Bring your biggest appetite to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill if you are going to attempt eating the hearty chicken fried steak. This restaurant has three locations in Oklahoma and the chicken fry is a favorite menu item among locals. The dish features a full pound of tasty sirloin that is flash-fried with a delicious breading that serves as the perfect reminder of why you love comfort food. Finished with country gravy and your choice of two incredible sides, this melt-in-your-mouth meal is a must in Oklahoma.
Located right on old Route 66, Ann's Chicken Fry House prides itself on homestyle favorites that have been satisfying hungry diners since 1971. Housed in a building that was once a service station in the 1940s, this cozy Oklahoma City restaurant has a decidedly retro flair complete with pink Cadillac and vintage police car located right out front. Inside you'll find chicken fried steak the way it was meant to be served with loads of white gravy, mashed potatoes and even fried green tomatoes. Ann's Chicken Fry doesn't accept credit cards, so be sure to bring cash and a healthy appetite.