OK. I’ve kept you hanging long enough. The cliffhanger worked.
I’ve been asked, did you hear from Ree? Did she answer your Tweet?
Well (Barb), the answer is yes. Ree did answer me back.
I saw the answer to my Tweet, right after we walked out of Bad Brad’s (again I cannot say enough about Oklahoma barbecue. We can’t get this stuff in New England). But we had already tried Sally’s earlier (more on that in a bit).
First, let me tell you what we know about Sally, and why we were so inclined to head there for lunch, as Ree suggested. As she said, Sally’s Cafe is a little piece of Pawhuska history. In fact, our Pawhuska historian at Sister’s Attic, informed us that Sally (Carroll)and her cafe was featured in “August Osage County.” For those of you who don’t know, “August Osage County” is a relatively new movie based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tulsa-born playwright Tracy Letts. The movie stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, among others (both of whom received Oscar nominations for their perfomances in the film), and much of it was filmed at the old Boulanger home in Pawhuska.
Sally’s Cafe also was featured in the movie, L and I were told. “But the actual filming of Sally’s Cafe took place at Bad Brad’s because Sally’s was too small to accommodate everyone,” our historian said. Sally, who has owned and run the cafe since Truman was in office, had apparently had a cameo in the movie. L and I were interested in talking to Sally, sampling her fare and possibly learning some Pawhuska insider secrets and history. But unfortunately for us, Sally’s was closed *insert disappointed faces and one irritable hungry traveler here (well as irritable as you can get with a smiling L by your side). *Sorry we missed you Sally!
So my next Tweet to Mrs. Drummond was:
But, thanks to the cashier at Bad Brad’s who took pity on this 42-year-old woman who had traveled all the way from Massachusetts just to see the location of the Drummond Ranch, our disappointment didn’t last long. We had the location of the Drummond Ranch entrance, and were on our way. So I Tweeted this …
And a few miles later, this …
I was elated. The start to my Pioneer Woman Adventure in Oklahoma was a success. We saw Pawhuska. We ate some delectable Oklahoma BBQ. We learned there was more than one local celebrity living in Pawhuska. We heard from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, herself. And I got to take a photo at the ranch. Mission accomplished.
Good thing, because even my shopping-crazed friend’s insistence at stopping at an estate sale in Bartlesville or Bed Bath & Beyond and Marshalls outside of Tulsa extending our three-hour trip home a little (for those who don’t know, I AM NOT A SHOPPER), could not remove my smile or dampen my spirits.
Thank you Pawhuska!
Maybe our next visit will include a lunch with Sally and Ree. Now that would an adventure.