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May 26, 2010 11:37 AM

KC to STL by car - What's good along I 70?

I will be driving from Kansas City to St. Louis at the end of June. Can anyone recommend a good stop off on I 70 for either breakfast or lunch. I plan to leave KC by 8 in order to get to St. Louis by noon or 1:00.

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    1. not much!

      is the time frame that important? cause you're gonna be pushing it even driving straight through non-stop. many more interesting things along 50 (if kinda small-town burger shack-y) Sedalia, Jeff City, Linn, Union have quirky Mom n Pop places (JC has a German place that does a pretty darn good schnitzel, just hard to find named Stein Haus or something, largely hidden by a motel and gas station) but if you must take 70 NEVER speed through Boone County BTW (OT, I know)

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      1. re: hill food

        It's going to have to be as quick a ride as I can make it. Is it about 4 hours nonstop if I keep under the legal limit in Boone? Ernie's sounds promising.

        1. re: Porcelain Monkey

          you can prob. do it in 4 or so, and I'd pay close attention to the Columbia suggestions as anyplace else right on 70 is going to be McD's at best. (although the walnut bowls near O'Fallon are indeed nice)

      2. Shakespear's Pizza in Columbia is a tried and true classic.


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        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          Second to Shakespeare's. Good, solid Midwestern pizza.

          Quite a bit more causal are the various Sub Shop locations in Columbia. Nothing too special, but they bake their own bread (the rye is especially good) and run the sandwiches through the oven to melt everything together. Very reliable.

          They used to make their own potato chips, but it doesn't look as if they do any longer. Those were super special, served hot.

          1. re: dmd_kc

            Subshop still makes those fried potatoes at their Worley store which is just off the interstate.

            1. re: steveb

              Oh wow. Well, then, that's worth a stop right there, and it's very easy to get to from 70.

              They're thicker than chips, but also not quite home fry thickness. I once ordered a second bag because they were so good.

        2. Pretty sure a hot recommendation is Booche's in Columbia.

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            Highly recommend stopping at Les Bourgeois Winery and Blufftop Bistro.

            It's in Rocheport, MO. About 10 miles west of Columbia and it's only about 2 minutes off I-70. The wines are surprisingly good. The food is very good. The views and the restaurant itself are also very nice.

            Of course, I'll also give props to Shakespeare's Pizza. And while Booche's burgers are pretty damn good, i don't know that i would go out of my way to get them.

            Les Bourgeois
            12847 W Highway Bb, Rocheport, MO 65279

            Shakespeare's Pizza
            3304 W Broadway Business Park Ct, Columbia, MO 65203

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            1. re: blake1771

              Les Bourgeois is a great recommendation. Every time I have eaten there, I have been very impressed with the freshness of the ingredients and the originality of the menu.

              Les Bourgeois
              12847 W Highway Bb, Rocheport, MO 65279