The Merc, The Spicy Cowgirl, and Stretchy Pants

Last Saturday, my husband and I took a quick trip over to Pawhuska, OK with my mom and grandma for my mom’s birthday to visit The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (or Merc for short)! We had heard that the line to get into lunch at the restaurant was pretty long, so we all woke up at the crack of dawn to grab breakfast instead! We arrived around 8 a.m. and got right in.

Being the caffeine queen that I am, I noticed the coffee bar immediately and knew I had to try some. After looking through the menu, I saw a drink called the “Spicy Cowgirl”. It’s an iced espresso drink with sweet cream, chocolate, and cayenne pepper. If you take anything away from this post, know that you HAVE to order one of these! It’s sweet, a little spicy, cold, and the espresso is fantastic. Its description in the menu said “What else is there in life?” and the answer is nothing. You must try it!

The Spicy Cowgirl

While we sipped our coffee, we perused the rest of the menu to try and decide what we wanted for breakfast. My mom and grandma decided to share “Edna Mae’s Pancakes”, my husband ordered “The Farmer’s Breakfast”, and I finally settled on “Crunchy Croissant French Toast”. You can see the full menu, as well as food descriptions here. (You’ll be drooling over all of it.)

Edna Mae’s Pancakes

Croissant French Toast

When the food finally came to our table, my eyes almost popped out of my head. It smelled like I was about to gain 10 pounds right then and there. Our table was silent besides the occasional “mmm” or “oh my gosh try this”. All I can say is that I’m happy I wore a jumpsuit with an elastic waistband, because I needed some extra room. (More details on the jumpsuit here if you’re interested!) No biscuit or pancake was left behind.

We stared in amazement at the damage we did, and decided to walk to the other side of the building to shop at “The Merc”. There was so much to look at, I wasn’t sure where to start.

Now, if you know anything about The Pioneer Woman (i.e. Ree Drummond), you know that her cinnamon rolls are legendary. Upstairs above The Mercantile, I sniffed out the bakery where they sell cookies, cakes, pies, AND CINNAMON ROLLS. We obviously snagged a tray to take home for breakfast the next day (and the next day). There was also a cute little candy bar where you could build your own bag of candy filled with all your favorites.

We wrapped up the day exploring the boutiques and small town shops trickled all throughout the streets near The Merc. The shop owners were so friendly and so supportive of all the attention Pawhuska has been getting due to The Mercantile. It was a fun way to end the day before we headed back home to Tulsa!

If you’ve been thinking of paying The Merc a visit, I’d highly recommend it, especially for breakfast (just wear your stretchy pants). If you have more time you’re willing to spend waiting in line, lunch would be a great option too, but people were lining up by 10 a.m. to wait for lunch so get there early! For more info on planning a trip or seeing what else is available, check out their website here. If you have questions about our experience, message me or shoot me an email!




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