09/ 01/ 17
It was everything I imagined it would be! Detailed from the cloth napkins, to cast iron skillets and beautiful floral packaging…Ree Drummond is a visionary! I spent my Saturday at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK with my mom, sister and Wave. We left early in the morning to make the 3 hour drive and we were not disappointed.
After easily spotting the black and white Mercantile sign, we found a parking spot with relative ease and were greeted at the door with an immediate feeling of euphoria. All the right colors, the excessive small trinkets, perfectly selected objects that reflect that Pioneer Woman style and her family…right in front of you.
After a bathroom stop, we headed to the line for the dining area. We got in line at 10:15 and were seated for lunch by 11. We would’ve been seated earlier, however we didn’t want breakfast this trip. Full disclosure, a woman behind us in line said she wait 6 hours the last time she was there and the line was out the door and down the street by the time we were leaving.
Lunch did not disappoint. The spinach dip was great but the chili con queso dip was out of this world. After appetizers, our lunch consisted of fancy grilled cheese, fried chicken sandwiches and homemade potato chips. Visually pleasing and delicious. Go ahead and splurge on the tea, it’s 25 cents! If you don’t want to sit down and eat, you can grab a sandwich, meatloaf, meatballs, fancy mac and cheese and so on from the deli. We brought the Rancher Sandwich home and it was GI Joel approved.
Across the deli is the coffee bar and you may be lucky enough to spot one of Ree’s daughters behind the counter. Upstairs is the bakery where they offer a variety of sweets. My recommendation is the blueberry scone. I personally enjoyed the upstairs area because there was comfy lounge seating. It’s beautiful with open brick and large windows looking over the downtown area. This area is also where Ree does book signings, not while we were there though. (Missed her by about three hours.)
Back down the stairs we finished off the day shopping in the general store. Tons of her own line but also items she uses on the show were available. Charlie themed items, all of her books, her own clothing line and stuff for your kiddos and your Marlboro Man. I scored a box of the fancy plastic wrap she uses too.
It was overall an excellent day! Bring people you love and plan to spend the whole day. I will say, it’s not the most kid friendly place. Waverlee was great but it was hard to maneuver a stroller and we didn’t know until leaving that there was a separate room with a changing table because it wasn’t marked. Now I wish I would have snooped behind that mystery door.