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Forum Discussions about Claysville

Anthony from Maine on 11/29/2019 03:54 PM:
Store was closed, but it was a Monday

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Luke from Jefferson City on 06/25/2011 09:59 PM:
My wife and I just rode our bikes from N. Jefferson to the Claysville store. We made a reservation ahead of time, and it's recommended you do too just to be safe. The food was delicious - especially the biscuits... Ridiculously good! Service was great, the owner was friendly. We got a ton of food for the money (fried chicken, ham, coleslaw, applesauce, mashed patatoes & gravy, green beans, and peach cobbler w/ ice cream). Great down-home cookin'. Definitely worth the trip, and we will go back... soon.

Sunshine Girl from Jefferson City on 09/12/2010 10:48 PM:
We decided to ride our bikes there today - September 12, 2010. We had not made reservations, our bad, but there were several empty tables inside and outside, yet we were told we could get in between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. I understand that people who have made reservations may be coming, but inquired about the tables outside...beautiful day, would rather eat outside anyway. The staff (looked to be late teens) had no clue about the outside seating or seating us outside....we would just have to wait. So we waited...and waited..and waited. Another pair of bike riders showed up for just a glass of water and were turned away.?.? Lots of people leaving, a few showing up...still a few tables outside and inside....still waiting... 2:54 p.m. we FINALLY get seated. We were waited on right away, but did wait twenty minutes for our food, the # 1 Dinner...Fried Chicken (1 White Meat - 2 Dark Meat, Mashed potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, applesauce, cole slaw and biscuits. The Biscuits, though not homemade were the best I HAVE EVER EATEN. The green beans were also good. Mashed potatoes and chicken were the same as I could get anywhere. Not real impressed..except with the biscuits. Due to the lack of knowledge by the staff, I will probably not go back.

Anonymous from Ashland on 09/13/2010 12:18 PM:
We went there one Saturday evening and were told we would have to wait because we had not made reservations. I did not blame anyone at the Claysville Store for my failure to plan ahead. I met Mark Hooibrink working on his sign on the trail one day and talked with him for a while, he struck me as an honest and sincere individual. I have read articles on the Hooibrinks and the Claysville Store, never would I believe that bike riders were denied water. Empty tables? Maybe they were handling all the guests that they could at the time.

Chuck L from Jefferson City on 09/14/2010 05:11 AM:
I rode thru Claysville about this same time Sunshine. There were two bikes parked on the trail. Was that you? All I can remember was "cars", parked everywhere. This place must have something. In any case this was my first pass thru the Clay when this store/restaurant was actually open. I happened by recently at 3:30 on a Sunday and the joint was locked up tight, so much for the 12:30 to 4 posted hours. I am glad you finally got in and had a decent meal at least. Apparently reservations are advised. Cheers.

Anonymous on 10/14/2010 11:42 AM:
Except for the highly traveled areas on the trail, like, Rocheport, Hartsburg, St Charles etc, us trail users looking for grub could remember that most of the bar-grills, cafes, campgrounds, and other eateries there depend mostly on their local/regional clients rather than on traffic from the trail itself, especially year round.

Some of these places will protect their regular clients by keeping their tables open as long as they can as tacit reservations from being regular often. Us bicyclists especially are not their main clients even tho they don’t mind our extra business if they have enough food and supplies on hand beforehand.

Anonymous from Jefferson City on 04/11/2011 02:26 PM:
I wasn't planning to post a comment about the Claysville Store until I saw some of the comments suggesting that the restaraunt was hostile to bikers. Last Saturday afternoon I had a flat tire near the store. I was without a spare tube and it was about 95 degrees and I was exhausted. The store was not yet open for the day, but the owner let me, a total stranger, come in, gave me a cold coke, offered to let me borrow his bike to ride back to Jefferson City, allowed me to use the phone to call my wife, and allowed me to wait in the air conditioned dinning room. So don't try to tell me that Claysville Store sucks. By the way the food is great.

snickers1987 from Russellville on 05/09/2011 10:49 AM:
We went there for Mother's Day, yesterday, and even though we got flowers, I thought it was over priced. For four of us, it was over $60. The service was awful. Most the time the staff, which were teens, were gathered at the front desk talking. The chicken wasn't freshly cooked. We had to ask for refills on tea. They didn't bring biscuits, applesauce or cole slaw until we asked for it. Just not a good experience. Won't be going back.

EB from Greenwood, MO on 09/12/2010 03:39 AM:
I've read lots of great things about the Claysville store but what are the hours?

Anonymous on 09/12/2010 09:03 AM:
Hours: Saturday: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sunday: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Open February - mid-December

(As currently posted on this site.)

vicki from Columbia, MO on 10/24/2009 09:14 PM:
The best food in Boone County. The owners are so gracious and hospitable. Every time we have company in from out of town we take them there and they absolutely love it.

Be sure and save room for desert, the pies and cheesecake are to die for.

Anonymous on 10/25/2009 09:59 AM:
How's your bike ride vicki?

Elaine Herring from Jeff City, Mo. on 02/20/2010 12:52 AM:
I highly recomend this hospitable diner. They have great fried chicken and home made rolls. Everything was fresh prepared and was hot when they served you. Just great.

michael rodemeyer from Hartsburg on 02/20/2010 09:50 AM:
Mark and Laura Hooibrink started the Claysville Store, along with their three children, as a family project. It started as the kids selling Lemonade along the MKT Trail to make money and its grown from there. It is the best food in Boone County, and the best people running it. They are church going people who really live their beliefs. They train a new group of kids each year to help serve and to learn life. They do so well that Mark was chosen to speak at Graduation last year. Laura makes all the pies and cobbler (they don't go to Sams for it) and the great green beans. The best part is that Mark leaves the kitchen often to greet his customers which is rarely done by other places. You cannot go wrong at the Claysville Store. We love the store and the Hooibrinks. If you make a reservation look under Hooibrink, the store is not listed.

MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 02/21/2010 02:14 PM:
We stopped there last year for lunch when they stayed open for the day when the DNR Katy Trail ride went through. We had never had a chance before as it seemed our rides didn't coincide with when they were open. We were VERY happy we stopped. Excellent food, Mark had freshly grilled meats, and great conversation. I can see us now planning a ride to coincide with their hours so we can stop again.

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Julie Schroeder from Jefferson City on 10/09/2009 03:57 PM:
Hi--we live in Jeff City and enjoy the dinners at Claysville. I wrote a little love letter/review about them on my blog--with pictures. If you're thinking about stopping at Claysville for supper, I encourage you to do so--before they close for the winter! If you're not sure they're open, be sure to call ahead.




J from Columbia, Missouri on 02/28/2009 12:46 PM:
My husband and I had quite possibly the best fried chicken I have ever eaten, besides my mom's of course. The people were wonderful as was the food. I will spread the word far and near about your great food and atmosphere. Thanks for being in Claysville!!!

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Derek from Oklahoma on 10/21/2008 11:28 AM:
For our group of eighteen, the Claysville Store family was a tremendously good slice of graciousness. We were able to camp on their grounds and even were treated to a fabulous meal.

DS from Columbia, MO on 10/03/2008 06:04 AM:
I want to have a short ride from Claysville to Hartsburg and back with my family for the Hartsburg Pumpkin festival. How do I get to the Claysville Trailhead? Is there a trailhead? A place to park?

Gary near Tebbetts from Tebbetts on 10/03/2008 07:55 PM:
Go to Google maps and type in Clasville MO. Basically, if you are coming from Columbia, you make a right turn onto the Claysville road (it's after you go past the golf course turn off but before you get to the rock quarry. There is not a trail head but you will most likely discover the Clasville store - great place for family style fried chicken and cobblers.

An alternative would be to go to the North Jefferson trail head and ride to Hartsburg from there, it's only about ten miles and you could still stop in at Claysville (about half way to Hartsburg)

Captain Kirk from Fayette, MO on 10/06/2008 01:55 PM:
As you are coming from Jeff City going North, as you start to rise out of the bottoms start looking on the West side of HWY 63 for a small road sign. The kind that marks street intersections and it marks the Claysville Road. It should be on the left as you are going up a hill. If you get up out of the bottoms there is the left turn to go to the Eagle Knoll Golf Course, you have gone too far. If you turn around at that point and head back South towards Jeff City I believe it is the next road on the right.

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Dennis Hartley from Columbia Mo on 05/08/2008 10:35 PM:
Hey Mark and Laura, I like your Web Site of Claysville store. Laura I saw your parents last sunday, boy it brought back old memories. Our church (Midway Baptist) is planting a visit to your store. I can't wait. You guys keep in touch. old friends Dennis...


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Judi from columbia on 04/12/2008 08:27 AM:
The food is absolutely delicious. Haven't been for about a year but hoping to go this summer. I lived in Columbia most of my life but Claysville was discovered by accident by my brother and sisterinlaw out driving one afternoon. They are from JC and love the menu. See you soon.

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JD from Joplin on 09/24/2006 07:58 PM:
Went by store on a Friday morning, but wasn't open. There are still tables outside, but no sign of life.

Anonymous on 11/18/2007 03:08 PM:
need to call first very busy family runs the store

573 636 8443

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Ray (webmaster) on 10/26/2007 06:11 AM:
Here's a nice write-up/review of the Claysville Store.

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Barb from Centralia, MO on 06/23/2007 10:43 AM:
This store is actually a restaurant that serves home cooked, home-made pies. The entrees are pan fried chicken and fried country ham. Each dinner is served with real mashed potatoes, slathered with cream or brown gravy, green beans, slaw, applesauce and hot rolls. The prices are unbelievably reasonable...$7-8. Service is good and fast, if you have reservations, or a small group (2-4).

For a bit of back home atmosphere...it could get loud, or simply some great home cooked food, this restaurant is superior to most I've tried.

Featured are cobblers, cake and pie for dessert, or ice cream...also very reasonably priced...and better yet...home made.

Dave on 06/23/2007 08:03 PM:
This sounds good. Where is Claysville in relation to the trail?

Anonymous on 06/24/2007 12:42 AM:
dave, claysville is about three miles east of hartsburg right on the trail.

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Mary Weeks from Ashland/Columbia Area on 04/13/2007 04:23 PM:
Here is the website for the Claysville Store. http://www.digitaltalk.com/ClaysvilleCafe/claysville_strore_and_cafe.htm

They are only open on Saturdays and Sunday and it is well worth your while. My husband and I have been there on numerous ocassions and the food is wonderful.

Mary and Lloyd Weeks


Saturday: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sunday: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM


From February 1 to Mid-December

Store keepers:

Mark and Laura Hooibrink

573-636-8443 (to make reservations)


US-63 N toward COLUMBIA 6.9 miles



End at Claysville MO

Anonymous on 10/08/2006 08:29 PM:
if you google claysville store it gives all of the information. They are only open Sat. evenings

and Sun. afternoons. The food is absolutely wonderful so try to make it there if you can!

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Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 05/30/2006 12:34 PM:
The store looked closed down...does anyone out there know?

geea on 06/02/2006 09:48 PM:
Claysville store was closed that weekend to be able to attend and enjoy their daughters graduation. I only know this because I called and got the answer machine. Is is open only on the weekends, they both work full time jobs. Saturday 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Sunday 11:30am to 4:00pm, holiday mondays they open for lunch. The menu is limited on the weekend it is fried chicken and ham, on holidays it can be brauts and burgers or porksteaks. I have eaten there once and the food was good.

TNORTON from Columbia on 06/20/2006 06:22 PM:
We tried to dine at the Claysville Store on Saturday evening, June 17th and it wasn't open. When will it be open again?

geea on 06/21/2006 12:39 AM:
If it wasn't for bad luck then you might have been able to eat at claysville store. It seems lately that they have been closed a lot. I think that in the recent months they have closed for a graduation, a death in the family, an anniversary.

TNORTON from Columbia on 06/21/2006 05:41 AM:
We tried to dine at the Claysville Store on Saturday evening, June 17th and it wasn't open. When will it be open again?

Roger from Columbia on 06/21/2006 04:33 PM:
I telephoned before trying to go down there last weekend (i.e. the weekend of June 17/18). The message on their answering machine indicated that they would be closed due to their daughter's wedding ... a pretty righteous excuse in my book. I just telephoned them again to verify they'd be open this coming weekend, and they will be. Though it's not required to make reservations, the person I spoke with said they always appreciated getting a call to let them know folks were on their way.

klp from Jefferson City, MO on 06/28/2006 03:28 PM:

This is the link for the store. I did find out they will be closed this weekend as I called to make a reservation, disappointing, but it is family run and they will not be open. They will open again the weekend of the 7th. They do have an answering machine for messages at the number listed on the link above. They are only open Saturday from 4 to 8, and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. They do take reservations, but it is not required. For large groups I would however recommend you do call.

Jefferson City to Hartsburg
John P. from Jefferson City on 01/01/2005 05:39 PM:
I'm a KATY Trail volunteer, rode from Jefferson City to Hartsburg and return today 1/1/05. Trenching just east of trail head at JC is underway to install flush toilets at last!

Bridge work is complete and cleaning of leaves, limbs, etc. from mm149 to Claysville has been done, don't know if the pipeline that runs under the trail has been removed at mm149. A dock that is not longer in use on the Missouri River exists at this location where fuel was barged in and pumped up the hill through the pipeline that will or has been removed. Trail is rough in the mile or so section.

The folks at Claysville are busy building onto the restaurant and store.

Good ride but did get wet (rain) on the return from Hartsburg.

By the way the work on the Missouri River Bridge from Jefferson City is complete and the bicycle lane has been restriped (you must ride against the traffic going into Jefferson City).

John P.