Bordered by towering limestone bluffs and stretching across the state from Machens to Clinton, Missouri's Katy Trail is 237 of mostly flat miles perfect for running, hiking and biking. But all that activity is bound to make a person hungry...and thirsty. Luckily, the Katy Trail is also bordered by numerous great spots to fuel and hydrate (I'm not just talking about water) trail-goers.
Begin or end your adventure at The Bike Stop Cafe and Outpost in St. Charles, near the eastern trailhead. Grab a deliciously healthy breakfast or lunch, cup of coffee or glass of wine, and buy, rent or have your bike worked on all in one place; it's literally a one-stop shop.
Stop off at Augusta Brew Haus for locally made Droege's bratwurst served with red potatoes, onion, cabbage and Brew Haus mustard. Soak up the sun while sipping one of Augusta Brewing Company's craft beers or one of the many Missouri wines on the menu.
Enjoy the Missouri sunrise and dig into a hearty breakfast at the Trailside Bar and Grill in Rhineland. For midday bikers and hikers, wash down all-can-eat fried chicken and catfish with a frosty mug of beer, followed by an indulgent slice of homemade pie.
Sink your teeth into a freshly ground, hand-pattied hamburger at Holzhauser's Bar and Grill in Portland, located on the Missouri River. Family-owned and -operated, you can bike, walk or boat practically right up to the front door.
The Station House at Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale is open seasonally April through October. Sit on the patio and watch the Big Muddy flow by while listening to live music and munching on a Katfish Taco. Quench your thirst with a local brew from Logboat Brewing Company and glass of wine from Les Bourgeois Winery.
Meriwether Cafe and Bike Shop in Rocheport is the perfect stop (or start) for trail-goers with kiddos. Rent bikes for all ages, including tandems and trailers, and munch on their locally sourced "simple scratch" menu items such as the Forager Bowl with roasted root vegetables, red quinoa, local spinach, Goatsbeard Farm Moniteau Bleu, pomegranate beet reduction and sauerkraut.
Newly renovated and renamed, Revival Restaurant and Lounge in Boonville's historic Hotel Frederick touts an elevated yet approachable menu. Almost everything is made in-house, from churning their own butter to baking their own bread to butchering their own meat.
An easy two miles from the Clinton trailhead, visit Square 109 where downhome comfort food is on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Save room for homemade cheesecake and hand-scooped milkshakes.
Don't be afraid to work up an appetite on the Show-Me State's Katy Trail; there are plenty of great food stops to eat, drink and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't forget to tag your pics #MissouriAdventure!