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Which state has the best fried pies? It could be Oklahoma's Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies

CJ Coombs
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When it comes to indulging in something you want to sink your teeth into such as a fried pie, it's been said that Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies are the best. All this time, I thought my father made the best apple fried pies around. He sure did know his crust.

Even if you have the right quality of ingredients, you have to have the experience and passion of a baker to make what many will call the best fried pie ever. From small-town bakeries to city cafes, there's no shortage of establishments dedicated to perfecting the art of frying pies to a golden flaky perfection.

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies

This venue is located at 4145 US-77 in Davis, Oklahoma. Visit here to read the story about how Arbuckle Mountain perfected the fried pie from a recipe that began with Maude Pletcher. It's rated 4.3 out of 124 reviews.

Arbuckle Mountain makes fruit pies with and without sugar, and if you prefer cream pie fillings, you can find that here too. Arbuckle also makes them with fillings for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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According to Facebook's 2,523 reviews, this restaurant earned a 4.2 rating.

Whether it's a classic apple pie with a flaky crust or a unique twist like pecan or cherry filling, Oklahomans at this venue can take pride in their fried pies. Since 1954, each bite has been bursting with flavor and nostalgia.

So if you find yourself craving a truly exceptional fried pie experience, look no further than Oklahoma. If you can't make it to Oklahoma, you can visit here to see other franchise locations in Arkansas, Kansas, or Texas.

The Pletcher family

It's interesting how a fried pie in Oklahoma started out with a basic recipe south of the Arbuckle Mountains and turned into a mountain of success. It began in Springer, Oklahoma. Maude Pletcher handed down her recipe to her nine children and others who visited their home. Maude M. Riley Pletcher was born on April 23, 1892, and passed away on January 8, 1986, at age 93.

In 1954, one of Maude’s sons, E. W. Pletcher, and his wife, Lola, purchased the property where the Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies shop is currently located in Davis, Oklahoma.

With the construction of I-35, that would bring a change. It became a busy area. In the 1970s, Texaco leased the land and built a filling station. When that lease ended, the land and the station were acquired by E. W. Pletcher. The station had its challenges though.

During the mid-1980s, E. W.'s brother, Ace Pletcher, inquired as to whether he could establish a restaurant in the station. He called it the Spade Cattle Co. When it closed, he opened a pie shop in 1994 and he sold steak and pies. Naturally, his mother's fried pies were remembered and they sold.

Eventually, Ace moved on to another business. The station converted to a convenience store. E. W.’s son, Jerry, and his wife, Diane, took ownership of the station in 2003, and once again, Jerry was selling his grandma's original fried pies.

Everett William "Bollie" Pletcher passed away on February 21, 2011, at age 92. A. C. "Ace" Pletcher, Jr. passed away on December 1, 1996, at age 68.

Earlier this year, one Trip Advisor reviewer from Columbia, Missouri wrote:

We had been told to get a fried pie when visiting Oklahoma. We got some at the perfect place! The person that was behind the counter was friendly and allowed us to sample before we decided. We ended up with two savory pies, three dessert, pies, and one breakfast pie. We loved all of them. You can’t go wrong here!

Over the years, the business of selling fried pies has definitely grown. The business expanded in Oklahoma and a few other states.

Thanks for reading.


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