As I suspected, readers of the Tribune and listeners of KFRU knew about far more good places to eat along I-70 than I did. So, hooray…thanks for doing my “job” for me. Anyway, here’s what we’ve come up with. Not quite as hopeless as I’d thought.
To the West
Snoddy’s Store – Boonville/New Franklin
I believe the KFRU caller that recommended Snoddy’s suggested a liverwurst or head cheese sandwich with pepperjack, though now the entire exchange seems more like an acid flashback or something. Is this even a real place?
Cree-Mee Freeze – Concordia
Giant tenderloin sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream, old timey setting.
Bates City Café (exit 31 – Bates City)
Housed in an old gas station, right off the highway. Diner food, good steaks, think 63 Diner.
87 Diner (exit 106 – Boonville)
Chicken fried steak. Crunchy, tender and covered with truly world-class sausage gravy. The “87 Diner Mess” is a split biscuit topped with hash browns, two eggs and a heart-testing amount of that gravy. The rib-eye breakfast would be worth the drive, as well.
Highway 13 exit north to Higginsville, Mo (5 mins off of I-70)
- Red Shanty BBQ and Ribs n’ More downtown Higginsville.
- Further north to Lexington is an old school Maid Rite from the 1930’s and Riley’s Pub in downtown Lextington. Great food and homemade fruit based ice creams.
South of I-70 on 13 @ Warrensburg is Perry Foster’s BBQ (5 mins down Hwy 13 – exit 49) never has closed a day since opening in 1974. The Wall Street Journal just sent their food editor there and obtained his secret to the beans. (smoked ham bones thrown in). Really rough-looking spot and iffy service – food reputedly very good.
To the East
Two Dudes BBQ – Warrenton. Take the Jonesburg exit off I-70. “Fried everything counter, homemade breading, chicken gizzards.”
Williamsburg exit (exit 161) Crane’s General Store. Been selling everything from farm equipment to clothes since 1920s. Fresh sliced meats on dollar sandwiches.