No one is disputing that Eischens Bar has good fried chicken. Some people love driving out to Okarche, fighting for a table and trying to get a waitress attention.
But in Oklahoma City, just a short drive from Interstate 44, you can find The Drum Room, 4309 N. Western Ave., a rock n roll fried chicken restaurant that serves up some damn fine birds.
What sets The Drum Room apart from fast-food staples like KFC and Churchs? According to manager Maja MacGuire, it starts with the chicken.
We use a Bell & Evans
Pennsylvania farm chicken. Its the best chicken you can buy, she said.
How can you have really great fried chicken if you dont have the best
quality meat? While theyre not self-consciously slow, fried chicken
at The Drum Room is definitely not fast food. Every chicken is fried to
order, so its not sitting under a warming light.
youre in a hurry, please call ahead and well get it started for you
so its ready when you get here, MacGuire said. We know some people
are in a hurry. This way, they can get the besttasting chicken on their
So what about the breading?
thats what you were thinking. Fried chicken is as much about the
breading as it is the meat, and The Drum Room has a winner. This is
golden brown and crisp, with a satisfying crunch. Much like Eischens,
this breading stays close to the meat without getting too big or craggy.
The proprietary spice blend is a little sweet, a little spicy and
Half a bird is $12; a whole chicken is $18. I trust youll make the right choice.
fried chicken orders are served on a waffle, and surprise they put a
lot of thought into that waffle. Its there to soak up all that
chicken-y goodness, but it has also got a malty flavor thats excellent
on its own.
Not everybody likes fried chicken.
those people are heathens and should be shunned. But if you find
yourself at lunch with one of the unwashed, other menu options exist.
The Brussels sprouts salad ($8) is served warm with cranberries, maple
syrup, blue cheese and pecans with a little balsamic vinegar on top.
also the Bad to the Bone Pimento Cheese Burger ($13), notable because
the pimento cheese is homemade, and thats pretty much the only
acceptable pimento cheese to eat.
away the hip decor and the vinyl records playing classic rock. Forget
about the raised booths and the cool staff. Were The Drum Room a
sterile, white chamber in which you were served fried chicken, it would
still be excellent food.
Luckily, youre not on the International Space Station. Youre in Oklahoma. And wouldnt you like to hear some rock n roll?