"The Pioneer Woman Mercantile"
Don and I stopped in Pawhuska, 2 years ago. We could have had a dining adventure at "The Merc", but it was swarming with tourists.
We remember this tiny town from when we lived in Oklahoma, 25 years ago. Times have changed since Ree Drummond moved to the area and became a TV star.
Pawhuska has gotten even more interesting in recent months. This past June, Don and I visited the town in Osage County, once again. This time we were with our friends, Dan and Kim and we were ready for some movie excitement. We knew that Pawhuska was a filming location for the Scorsese movie, "Killers of the Flower Moon".
We arrived on a Friday afternoon in hopes of seeing some movie action! Kim had heard there was a bar in town that might offer up a celebrity sighting... if we were really lucky. But we wanted to do some wandering first.
Wandering the Streets
First we headed down the main street. It was a toasty 90 degrees, so not too many people were out wandering. The streets had been transformed, to become the 1920's era town of Fairfax, Oklahoma.
Sadly Leo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro were nowhere to be seen. We heard they were filming a cemetery scene elsewhere. But we did see some crew and some film equipment.
Buildings & Facades
We strolled down the picturesque street and tried to spot all the changes, made for the movie.
Old buildings had been altered, with old signs and window displays.
There were power lines and street lights, that had been added to fit the period.
And there were mountains of dirt, covered with tarps. That dirt had temporarily covered the street, in recent shoots.
I loved seeing the fake Osage County Sheriff's office.
We spotted few storefront facades with doors that opened to grassy yard space!
We worked up a thirst from our meandering and headed into The Hollow Bar.
We had a feeling this upscale cowboy bar, was the one we'd heard rumors about. "Mr. Scorsese likes to stop for a margarita after filming."
The cute bar was busy for 4:00 on a weekday.
Dan and Don headed to the bar to order 4 margaritas.
Under the Hats
Don actually had his cowboy hat that day. He should have kept it on for this photo.
There must have been 100 cowboy hats on the wall. The black & white photography was impressive too. Lots of rodeo shots.
I have no idea why Kim and I are laughing here.
Laughing at ourselves probably. Pretty silly the we just thought we could pull into town and maybe share a margarita with a famous director or some award winning actors.
So we had no food. This wasn't a real dining adventure.
But we met some cute puppies and I grabbed Don's hat and greeted a young cowboy carrying a lasso. I'm not sure what he was up to.
Food Next Time
So I'm cheating by putting this adventure into a dining blog.
Next time, I'll be sure we eat some food. Although limes and olives may be our only option.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.