I’ve shared a bit about our recent road trip already and I’m so excited to share another highlight from our adventure. And of course it has to do with food. Specifically, food at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile.
Our main destination was The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. If you’re not already aware, I’m a fan of Ree Drummond as are my mom, aunt and cousin who accompanied me on our trip. (Little E is a Ree fan in training.) If you could have seen and heard how excited my mom and aunt were in the backseat as we arrived in Pawhuska and approached The Merc, your abs would be sore for a week from laughing so hard. Let me tell you…they were beyond excited.
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I fell in love with Ree’s creative voice and humor in her first book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story, a novel about how she met her rural, ranching husband and her journey from becoming a city girl to a modern pioneer woman.
If you don’t already have her cookbooks, you’re missing out! Her newest cookbook, Come and Get It, was also just released. That one’s been shipped and is on it’s way to my cookbook shelf. I’m pumped about her simple and quick recipes she’s featured in this book. Simple and quick are what I need right now in my life.
Ree’s cookbooks are well worth the investment. I refer to them often, if not for a specific recipe, than for instruction on cooking times or techniques. I’ll share more about my favorite recipes from her cookbooks another time. For now, I promised you food.
As I mentioned, our ultimate destination was the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile – a general store, bakery and restaurant. There were so many delicious options to choose from in the warm, welcoming eatery yet the menu wasn’t overwhelming, something I appreciate as I tend to have trouble deciding what to order at restaurants. So here it is…
Meals at The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile
Warning: do not proceed if you’re hungry.
Meal #1: Lunch
This was our first meal at The Merc and it’s safe to say the food certainly lived up to the hype! We also added a side of Mac & Cheese because, come on, it’s Mac & Cheese. We also splurged on dessert, even though we were all probably full enough to do without, and shared a slice of Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Cake – both were oh so scrumptious. I could eat that Chocolate Cake with every meal and the Strawberry Cake was holding it’s own in the delicious department.
Meal #2: Breakfast
If I had to choose one breakfast to have for the rest of my life, I would choose this one. We all ordered the same thing during this go-around and none of us were disappointed. Edna’s Mae’s Pancakes were the best pancakes I’ve ever had. No joke. I haven’t yet but I’ll definitely be recreating this one at home (the recipe for Edna Mae’s Pancakes is in Ree’s first cookbook, Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl).
I’m the type that likes a little bit of coffee with my creams and sugars and this Caramel Mocha Latte hit the spot! The Merc’s signature coffee roasts made this cup of caffeine extra special.
Meal #3: Lunch
For our final meal at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile, we stood in line for about 90 minutes but the process was so accommodating. Since we have a group of four (plus a toddler), the rule was at least one person from our party had to be in line so two of us stood in line while the other two continued browsing inside the store. Then we switched which allowed me to go upstairs in The Merc to the bakery area to let Little E have some space to roam since it was a little less crowded than the store downstairs.
Once again, our meals didn’t disappoint and the 90 minute wait was well worth it. The lasagna was decadent, the pork chops were the most tender pork chops you could ever imagine and the salad and chicken fried steak were great too! Again, we couldn’t leave without trying more of the desserts. This time it was the Prune Cake (because how often do you get a chance to try Prune Cake) and Tres Leches Cake that satisfied our sweet tooth.
My mouth is salivating thinking about all of this food. Is yours?
If you’re looking for another adventure to add to your bucket list, you need to add a visit to Ree Drummond’s Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. You won’t regret it. And you won’t leave hungry.