As soon as I heard the Pioneer Woman was opening a Mercantile store and restaurant, I knew I would have to visit. It is located in Pawhuska, OK–the nearest town to the Drummond Ranch. Also, FUN FACT, the town in which my mother was born and visited every summer for about a week. (My great-grandparents farmed near Pawhuska.)
The Merc opened in Fall 2016, and we visited President’s Day 2017. We planned for crowds given that it was a holiday so we started the 2-hour trip at 8:00am (we even left on time…miracles happen!) and parked around the corner from the Merc around 10:00am.
The wait for the restaurant was ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours. We decided to bypass and head straight to the store. There was no wait here so we shopped. I bought this sweet plastic wrap dispenser. It has honestly been a game changer. No more tangled, sticky plastic wrap! They were out of the cake plate I thought I had to have so maybe next time. I also bought a book–Charlie and the New Baby–for my newest niece, and an Easter basket item for my goddaughter–Charlie the Ranch Dog. (At least I am pretty sure it was this one…I left it wrapped up!) Had the Pioneer Woman herself arrived, I planned to purchase her autobiography for signature! Once we paid, we went upstairs to the bakery.
We waited about 10 minutes to get through the line… Just enough time to narrow down our selections! I went with a chocolate almond croissant to eat there and a pecan maple scone, cinnamon roll, and pecan sticky bun to take home and share with Tyler. Shoulda bought more… But that’s why I’ll be returning!
The bakery was neat. Plenty of room to sit and eat as well as windows bake to the actual bakery part to watch them work. Just made me wish I could bake full time!
Now that we had our hor d’oeuvres, it was time for lunch. (For real, though. It was almost noon!) The restaurant line was EVEN LONGER. We thought about waiting but figured we would come back on a random weekday and try it out. We jumped in the deli line for some food!
The deli is not just your average cold cuts and salads… It has those as well as full on meals. The deli selections change each day so no planning ahead for Ms. Type-A (and that is me…I am Type-A). We both ended up with lunch as well as items to take home for dinner. For lunch, I went with the Fancy Mac. We both took home meatballs–they rounded out my combo meal. My mom also took an extra meatball and mashed potatoes and green beans to make two combo meals. (They only heated up our mac and cheese… the rest stayed cold.) We shared one of the tastiest berry cobblers ever for dessert. Because the area was pretty full, we ended up taking our bag of food upstairs and ate.
We explored a little more after lunch and ended up calling it a day around 1:00. Sadly, still no sign of the boss lady… The Pioneer Woman of course! Oh well, I’ll “stalk” better next time.
Here’s an idea of where you wait for the restaurant and the deli:
BUT WAIT… Who did I spot as we were walking to the car?!?! Ree and Ladd Drummond walking across the back parking lot! Mom said we could go back, but I didn’t really want to wait. There was a line to get in, and maybe they had some work to do before greeting the crowds. I’ll meet them next time!
Have you been to The Mercantile??? Let me know what you thought!