Eischen’s Bar

Review by: Michael Stern

Opened in 1896 and touted as the state’s oldest bar, Eischen’s is a dive-bar chicken house northwest of Oklahoma City. The brick-front tavern is patronized by locals at lunch and is almost always crowded with pilgrims at suppertime, especially weekend nights when it is common for strangers to share the big, long tables in the back dining room.

Everybody comes for fried chicken of succulent meat and bacon-rich skin that is made to be eaten by hand (plates and silverware are non existent). The chicken is ordered whole, but comes separated into pieces. All meals include pickles, onions and bread, and fried okra is the right side dish. The beverage of choice is cold beer from the tap. The other things on Eischen’s short menu are Frito pie, a couple of sandwiches, chili, and chili-cheese nachos.

Classic road-trip tunes blare from the juke box and when you wait for a seat, you may be able to avail yourself of one of two available pool tables to pass time.

What To Eat

Fried Chicken

Fritos Pie

Fried Okra


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