The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK welcomes 6,000 visitors a day. Here are five things you can expect when you visit.
To break up a long drive between Kansas and Texas, we stopped at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Affectionately nicknamed “The Merc”, the destination restaurant, bakery, deli, and store is the brainchild of Food Network’s Ree Drummond.
I paid full price for the food at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile and always share my honest opinions.
Here are five things you can expect when visiting the Pioneer Woman Mercantile:
1. Limited Parking
Open for approximately one year, The Mercantile has about 6,000 daily visitors. That means the little town of Pawhuska temporarily doubles in population six days a week as visitors flock to The Merc. There are only so many places to park in the town of 3,500 people, so expect a short stroll down Main Street until you reach its intersection with Kihekah Avenue.
Pro Tip: The Merc is closed on Sundays
2. A Long Line that Often Wraps Around the Block
We heard of the legendary wait to sit down and enjoy a meal at The Mercantile’s restaurant so we arrived around 3:00pm for a late lunch. The line was out the door, but that’s partially because the queue is set up to be entirely outdoors. No matter how long the wait, the staff at The Merc works hard to make it fun, from bottled water to sidewalk chalk and trivia games.
Pro Tip: If you’re in a hurry, hit the Grab and Go line where a streamlined menu awaits.
3. Amazing Food, Served in Cowboy-Sized Portions
My daughters and I shared the pot roast meal on the Grab and Go menu — slow-braised beef pot roast with mashed potatoes and green beans — and it was plenty of food for the three of us, allowing just enough room for us to get dessert and coffee upstairs in the bakery. Plus also, it was probably the best pot roast I’ve ever had in my life!
Pro Tip: Speaking of cowboys, don’t forget to visit the Lodge, the working ranch where Ree films her show.
4. A Beautiful, Restored Building
The 100-year-old, two-story, brick building has been beautifully restored. A wide, wood-floored staircase leads to the bakery and a large, open area with tables on the second floor. There is gorgeous photography throughout The Mercantile, whether framed on the walls or rotating through a slide show on one of the mounted flat screens.
Pro Tip: Before you hit the road, be sure to take advantage of one of the two, big, beautiful, sparkling-clean restrooms.
5. Unique Items at Relatively Reasonable Prices
The Mercantile’s General Store is full of the usual suspects — like Pioneer Woman cookbooks, kitchen gear, and home accessories — but it also includes fun and unique items like bacon band-aids, baby cowboy chaps, and a dish that’s like buttah.
What do you think? Have you visited The Pioneer Woman Mercantile? Share your experience below in the comments section.
Don’t just take my word for it! Here is what other bloggers are saying about The Merc:
- Postcard Jar Travel Blog interviewed Meg as she greeted and entertained folks in line for the restaurant
- Jennifer’s post at Dimples & Tangles features a ton of great photos from her visit
- Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod has photos of The Lodge on her blog