If you're a regular reader of Wide Open Eats you know that a small piece of heart is in Pawhuska where you can find the booming empire of Ree Drummond and family, starting with the Mercantile, and an upcoming boutique hotel. We've long gazed at the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile menu, until it dawned on me that I had never really listed the ones that seriously make my mouth water. If you've been to the Merc and tried any of these, let me know in the comments how you liked them! I think my next trip to the small town will be spent at the Deli inside.
About an hour's drive from Tulsa, Pawhuska offers the best of small town America. With the additional homey touches from the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, you can find comfort food, tasty treats, and the best cup of cowboy coffee you've ever had. These reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Facebook often mention these dishes as the best picks in the house! Here are the 7 menu items I'm dying to try.
7. Breakfast Pork Chop & Eggs
The Merc menu lists this item as a crispy fried breakfast pork chop served with two eggs, "Crispy Bits" breakfast potatoes, a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit, and homemade jam. Honestly y'all, you had me at breakfast pork chop.
The above photo is half of the fried pork chop on the menu. If that's what half of it looks like, then oh boy, I am ready for the breakfast version.
6. The Spicy Cowgirl Coffee
You can have my regular cold brew as long as you slide this Spicy Cowgirl in front of me instead! Made with heavy cream, homemade cold brew, vanilla syrup, chile syrup, chocolate sauce, cinnamon, and cayenne, this delightful coffee mocktail gives you the right kick in the pants you need to jumpstart your day.
I've heard rumors that this is the best coffee in Osage County outside of the Drummond's kitchen, and I'm partial to believe it after seeing the yummy shots of the drinks at the Mercantile coffee bar.
Luckily for us, Food Network shared the recipe so you can make it at home! No fancy espresso machine needed, and that's exactly why we love the creativity of this Oklahoma family.
5. Pecan Sticky Buns
The menu lists this item as Ladd's favorite and I think that Marlboro Man and I speak similar food love languages. If a pecan sticky bun for breakfast is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Just look at that gorgeous beauty! I'd pass up Ree's homemade cinnamon rolls for sticky buns any day, especially one that tastes like pecan pie.
4. Olive Cheese Bread
An appetizer, this bread is served up with a spread of cream cheese and finely chopped olives. This sounds like the perfect pre-comfort food dinner and one that's great for having just a taste. I'm a sucker for olives, especially olive juice. And when did anything with cream cheese ever taste terrible? Never, that's when.
3. White Spinach Lasagna
The menu lists as Ree's favorite thing on the menu and while I'm sure she has loads of favorites, I cannot deny the appeal of a lasagna packed with artichokes, grilled zucchini, spinach, and five different types of cheeses.
It comes with garlic bread, and my stomach definitely just rumbled imagining how delicious this dinner is.
2. Beef Brisket Reuben
Since Texas is Oklahoma's next door neighbor, it makes sense that brisket would appear on the Merc menu. But a brisket reuben? Now that's a combination that I would love to try.
Served with creamy sauerkraut slaw, Thousand Island dressing, and melty Swiss cheese, this rye bread sandwich sounds like the perfect combination of East Coast meets the Midwest.
1. Prune Cake
Y'all knew that with Ree's baking skills, there would be a dessert on this list. I just bet you weren't expecting Prune Cake. Now I have had reviews and reviews of the Mercantile, and the one thing that it seems people cannot stop loving is this dessert!
Served with warm buttermilk caramel and vanilla ice cream, it comes in a small cast iron skillet and supposedly smells so good, you won't even believe you're eating Prune Cake.