If you are traveling down I-29 near Rockport, Mo. and need a bite to eat, don’t settle for the gas station hot dog, McDonald’s double cheeseburger, or even the Subway sandwich shop.
No – if you are looking for a good meal and have a little time on your hands, I recommend you pull off on Exit 110 and go to the Trail’s End Restaurant. I stopped in for some lunch over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised with not only the food, but the service.
The restaurant is located inside the Stuckey’s gas station and has an old ranch-style feeling– from the longhorns hanging on the wall to the mason jars your drinks are served in.
If you are in a rush, no worries because the service was quick and you weren’t left waiting for your meal to come out.
I ordered the country-stle meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of french fries. I am pretty picky when it comes to meatloaf and I have to admit the Trail’s End passed the test. It was cooked perfectly and had peppers and onions cooked into it to give just the right kick. I have to be honest though, the mashed potatoes stole the show for me. These were some of the creamiest potatoes I’ve ever had and the gravy gave it a perfect topping. I would stop there again for the mashed potatoes and gravy alone.
My wife ordered the chicken strips with fries and onion straws. These were very tasty as well. If you are hungry – then don’t worry because they give you enough of these crispy chicken strips to leave you satisfied. The french fries were good too – but as a big onion rings fan, I really loved their twist, with the onion straws.
Overall, I would say I was very impressed with the Trail’s End Restaurant. Living in Missouri and having family in Nebraska, I pass this restaurant about once a month and would definitely stop in again. I love trying new restaurants because you never know when you’ll find a diamond in the rough.
What are some of your favorite places to stop and eat on the road? Have you found any hidden gems off the highway? Let’s hear about it.