You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl...unless you put her in a barn-style bar in Hennessey. Then she's transformed into a quarters-playing, karaoke-singing, fried-food eating honky tonk girl.
I'm referring to my adventure to Rooster's Honky Tonk Bar and Chicken Shack. About an hour northwest of OKC, It's just a short drive to a different world. For this particular Saturday night I planned to visit Okarche for some chicken and beer at Eischen's, but after stopping to learn of a two-hour wait, my friends and I decided to move on. One buddy told me about another fried chicken and beer shack not too far away so we drove north on highway 81. Sure enough, about 30 miles away we saw an El Camino dressed as a massive rooster on the side of the road. Rooster's looks like a refurbished red barn from the outside. On the inside, it's reminiscent of bars you've seen in many movies (“Footloose,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Out for Justice”) with wood floors, pool tables, and large buckets of beer at all of the tables. The walls are lined with photos of Blake Shelton, Joe Nichols, Loretta Lynn's children, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire, all of whom performed at or visited Rooster's. What is different from those movie bars is this place has fried food galore. While I try to eat fairly healthy, the spontaneity of the night coaxed me to eat the fried chicken, fried green beans, jalapeno rings, fried okra, and corn nuggets. We agreed that the fried chicken is on par with Eischen's fried dishes.
My friends and I quickly realized that this bar was so laid back we could be our complete selves — or who we wanted to be for the night.