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Oct 19, 2013 07:51 PM

I-50 or I-70 area between Columbia and Kansas City

We are staying in Warrensburg for most of a week. I will have a rental car and am signed up for a cooking class in Kansas City one day. Any suggestions for restaurants, markets, bakeries, food finds, etc. along I-50 or I-70 east or west of Warrensburg? I can go to Sedalia and Columbia also, or north or south!!

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  1. It's an oddity, but you should try the Gooberburger at the Wheel Inn in Sedalia. Good crispy hamburger with peanut butter.

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    1. re: bcollichow

      I love those too. For me they are so good, especially with a little onion. I make them at home sometimes. I think the peanut butter has a little mayo or miracle whip in it to thin the peanut butter.

      1. re: bcollichow

        I've only had Wheel-Inn's bacon-cheese but the base burger was really well-made.

        since you're ambivalent about the roads, 50 is a LOT more interesting and 70 near Boonville (from Columbia to Concordia is a notorious speedtrap).

        but Boonville is a cute town that looks worthwhile exploring.

      2. In Glasgow, MO, there's a bakery called the Rolling Pin that I wanted to try on a recent trip but wasn't able to get there while they're open. Nice-looking little town on the Missouri River. And on a non-chow note, if there are horse lovers in your group, the breeding farm for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales is just east of Boonville, and can be visited - which I did do, and loved it. It's called Warm Springs Ranch, visits by reservation only, $10 a head but the horses are charming enough it's worth it, and except on Sunday, there's beer available (and it's free).

        1. Rocheport is about 15 miles west of Columbia - cute town with a few b&b's and antique shops. I like eating at Les Bourgeouis - very pretty views and good food.

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          1. re: SFLisa

            Another suggestion in Rocheport, MO is Abigail's. It is small (max capacity is probably about 40-50), located in a storefront in beautiful downtown Rocheport, and sources most, if not all, of its food, locally. Abigail's has unique inventive and fresh cuisine prepared by a husband and wife team who opened Abigail's close to 20 years ago now, and is named after their daughter. It fills up quickly, and reservations are almost always a must. We tend to like Abigail's bettert than Les Bourgeois because it is more laid-back and less pretentious. Menu is presented on a chalkboard because it changes daily. Check it out:

            1. re: Christine

              Wow, sorry I missed that. We may be going back next year and I will definitely put this place on my list! Thank you.

          2. Sorry, I didn't get back to ya'll sooner but had internet problems while on the trip! Made it to Sedalia but, unfortunately, the Wheel Inn is closed. I was really looking forward to that burger!
            I did stop for lunch at the Brick Front Grill in Sedalia and the food was wonderful. I had the sampler which came with the best spanikopita I've ever tasted, hummus, tzaziki, salad and pita. Lunch was so good I got an order of hummus, tzazki, and baba ganoush to take back to the hotel.
            Twice for dinner we ate at Oriental Cuisine in Warrensburg. What a find! They have some Korean dishes, some Chinese, some Japanese as well as fantastic sushi. I know sometimes places that do all three usually do not do any well, but this was different. My husband said the bulgogi was exceptional. And, my sushi was fresh and inventive.
            Thank you for all the replies.

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            1. re: mommystar

              Glad that the Brick Front Grill is still open. I ate there years ago and was very impressed with my lunch and the desserts there. I tend to drive through Sedalia at odd times and it is always closed - happy that they are still in business.

              1. re: mommystar

                The Wheel Inn is still open in Sedalia. It has just moved farther south on South Limit (Hwy. 65) from its original iconic circular building at the corner of 65 and 50 (Broadway). The Wheel Inn (home of the Gooberburger) is now situated right across from the entrance to the State Fairgrounds on South 65 Highway. It has been several years since the move, so I imagine the signage with the new address has been removed from the original location by now. It is still a Sedalia institution, even if not a landmark now.

                1. re: Christine

                  Looking at fairly recent news reports, it does appear that the Wheel Inn is closed and for sale due to the owner's health.

                  1. re: bcollichow

                    Well, darn, I'm sorry to hear that. Sure hope someone steps up and buys it. It would be a shame to have the Wheel Inn and famous gooberburger pass into non-existent history. :(

                    1. re: Christine

                      pity. it was one darn good burger (and it takes a LOT for me to say that about something like a burger)

                      1. re: Christine

                        I hate to hear it too. I still haven't gotten over Fred and Red's closing in Joplin- after it survived the tornado.

                2. I believe you are talking about U.S.-50. There is no I-50.