The Big List: Where to Find Food and Eat Along the Missouri Katy Trail

This list is not all-inclusive. It does give bicyclists and other users a good idea of what is available near the trail. Towns 4-miles off the trail or further, such as Columbia, Holt Summit, Washington, and St Louis, also have eateries. 

1. Bike Katy Trail

2. Missouri State Parks

Basic food outlet types along the Missouri Katy Trail (within 2-miles of the trail).

Cafes/restaurants (individual or in hotels/motels; small or full meals)
Bar grills (sandwiches, pizza, burgers, tenderloins, fries, meals)
Convenience/general stores (hot dogs/sausages, pre-made sandwiches, pizza, subs, breakfast sandwich, pastries, sodas)
Markets/groceries (deli items, hot/cold/frozen snacks, pastries, subs, real food, sodas)
Gas stations (snacks, pizza, sodas, depending on size of station)
Campgrounds/general stores (varied snacks or fast food, hot or cold)
Wineries (soups, sandwiches, cheese/sausage/cold-cut baskets, full lunch/dinner)
Bike shops (snacks, sodas, ice cream)
Auto repair shops (snacks, sodas)
Outside snack-machines (candy bars, chips, pastries, sodas)
Local seasonal festivities/celebrations (community fish or chicken fries, Oktoberfest etc)
A small number of B&B's offer food to trail users not staying with them?

Most of the food along the Katy trail is typically good and pretty varied.  Most of the ready-to-eat kind can be found in the cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations or combinations of the latter two in the small towns or on the secondary highways near the trail. Such places can be looked up on the Internet or on the trail's interactive website referenced above, which is updated regularly. Not all of them are next to the trail. Riders might have to go a few blocks to find the place they want.

Because some riders often feel sweaty and dirty, they prefer the trail-side cafes, bar-grills, convenience stops, or wineries found near the trail or in the smaller towns. Most don't need to worry about that though and can visit the nicer restaurants found in the larger towns. Some Katy Trail travelers prefer the hidden, not-well-advertised, rural general stores located on the trail at varied crossroads, boat ramps, fishing camps, and campgrounds. Check out places like Lucy's Bar & Grill, Katfish Katy's, Cooper's Landing, Thai Kitchen, Riverview Traders Store, Claysville Store, Jim's Bar & Grill, and Riverfront Bar & Grill when open. Various food, like, barbecue, ethnic and country cooking can be found in these surprising little places. 

However, check the hour of operations as some of these places are open only the afternoons or on weekends.  Several are closed on Monday.  Many close during the winter season. A few gas stations remain open 24-hours year-round. Thus, one's timing for eating along the KatyTrail can be important. Check out the list of where to find food on the Missouri Katy Trail!  

Check out this list of towns with shops and restaurants by town/mile marker from Clinton (west-end) to Machens (east-end).

Clinton 264.6 (outlets downtown about a mile south of trail head or SE near the intersection of Hwys-7/13)
Calhoun 255.5 (gas station w/convenience store on Route-52)
Windsor 248 (convenience store next to trail; downtown cafe; other outlets)
Green Ridge 239.2 (convenience store; bar-cafe closed)
Sedalia 227.1 (varied places in town or on highways near the trail)
Clifton City 215.4 (auto-repair garage 2-blocks north of trail, snacks)
Pilot Grove 203.3 (convenience store; bar-grill; burger/ice-cream shop)
Boonville 191.8 (casino; bike shop; cafes downtown just south of the trail's Boonslick bridge over the Missouri River)
New Franklin 188.2 (convenience store 3.5-blocks NNW of trail head; cafe 9-blocks NW of it on Broadway)
Rocheport 178.3 (trail-side cafe, BBQ, pizza/bakery, two cafes (one gourmet) on the town strip 3-blocks northwest of trail head; also gourmet bistro/winery 2-miles south of town near I-70 accessible from the trail)
Huntsdale 171.7 (campgrounds/boat ramp/general store)
McBaine 169.5 (day-time bar-grill at crossroads 2-blocks southwest of trail head)
Easly 162.5 (campgrounds/boat ramp/general store; Thai Kitchen in separate trailer)
Wilton 157.4 (general trading/convenience store)
Hartsburg 153.6 (country cafe, 2 bar-grills, winery outlet)
Claysville 149.8 (fried-chicken cafe, weekends only, short hours)
North Jefferson 143.2 (family restaurant/buffet about 1-mile south of trail head at terminal on Airport Rd a short distance east of Hwy-54/63; accessible from the trail head via the trail spur, and then east on Airport Rd, aka City Cedar Rd, to the terminal, mostly open weekdays 7am-2pm)
Jefferson City 143.2 - about 2-miles south of trail (ice cream/burger shops, several outlets and gourmet cafes; motel restaurants and downtown outlets south of capital building)
Tebbetts 131.2 (weekend bar-grill near trail, owner wants to retire, if staying at shelter across the street call or knock to request service 573-295-6100; convenience store 1/3-mile west on Route-94 closed)
Mokane 125 (day-time market 1-1/2-blocks north of trail; also bar-grill when open, changing hands)
Steedman 121.4 (bar-grill/general store just north of trail)
Portland 115.9 (bar-grill just north of trail head)
Bluffton 110.9 (campgrounds w/honor-system snack bar and sodas on weekends only in season; pizza at B&B on Route-94)
Rhineland 105 (trail-side bar-restaurant in strip next to trail)
McKittrick 100.8 (convenience store 1/3-mile south of trail at intersection of Routes-19/94; weekend cafe 1-block north of trail head)
Hermann 100.8 - 2-miles south of trail on Route-19 (downtown wineries; ethnic and varied outlets on the main north-south and west-east streets; quaint cafes near shops; full-meal winery on south side)
Treloar 84.4 (bar-grill near trail head when open, changing hands and bldg)
Peers 81.2 (all-day general store w/hot food closed)
Marthasville 77.7 (gas station next to trail; outdoor soda machines; caboose store, grocery, pizza; convenience-store/bar-grill 1/2-mile south on Route-47/94)
Dutzow 74 (deli-restaurant at trail head; winery nearby)
Augusta 66.3 (winery near trail; restaurant at NE edge of downtown)
Matson 60.6 (wineries nearby)
Defiance 59.1 (2 bar-grills close to trail; bike shop w/snacks/ice cream; winery nearby)
St Charles 39.5 (casino; winery and quaint cafes/outlets in the old town next to trail)
Machens 26.9 (no facilities; must return to St Charles or ride about 3-miles further north of trail head on country roads to Portage des Sioux for cafe and bar-grill if open)

Happy travels and happy trails!! 

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