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El Espolon

Mexican restaurant
Sedalia MO
2400 S Limit Ave

El Espolon is located on the Katy Trail, in Sedalia MO

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El Espolon in Sedalia
Geared Up from Portland on 07/30/2023 02:14 PM:
Trail cut through the brush just after the bridge goes right down to their parking lot. Good size portions of ok food. Large mugs of beer, excellent price. Coming back up the hill is a little steep.

MO State Fairgrounds in Sedalia
Scotty Mac from Oklahoma City on 10/18/2022 03:31 PM:
It's not hard, but it's not the easiest campground to find. When you get to the trailhead, go left to the street, follow it up and around TO THE LEFT as it curves around to the right. There is a sign that says "CAMPING" with an arrow - pointing to the right - go there.
We couldn't seem to find the TENT area so we just thru up next to some RV's. Cost was $12 for the night. Best part of the evening was the short, less than a mile through the Fairgrounds ride to the el Espolon Mexican Restaurant and Cantina! Go THERE!
The old grumpy guy who came by to get our $12 in the morning must had a bad night or something, he could have been much more friendly.
Oh well, on to New Franklin and the Katy Roundhouse!

Bill Elliott from Spencer,Iowa on 10/29/2022 10:02 PM:
Same guy a few years ago when i was there. Watch your possessions, i had backup battery & charger stolen from shower house within 15 minutes.

El Espolon in Sedalia
mary white from sedalia on 10/28/2011 10:57 AM:
Here is a link that will show you how close the restaurant is to the trail. Of course the trail is on the overpass shown in the picture, in the link. Just thought someone might be interested. It always smells so good when you ride by :)....

Skyguy9999 on 10/30/2011 09:30 AM:
Not to rain on your parade in attempting to market your business, but if you look at the map and have a little bit of experience with the Katy, you'll see that the detour to get there is a little harrowing in having to face down being on 65 in the middle of Sedalia.

While I'm sure this is a good place to eat, the trip there will be an adventure to most. Just sayin'...

Paul Toigo from Kansas City, MO on 10/30/2011 12:40 PM:
I'm not sure, but it looks like a minor adventure to go down the cowpath on the West end of the bridge on the South side of the trail to the establishment. It'd sure be nice if there were more "on/off ramps" at overpasses like the one they put in at McKittrick. I think the local businesses would find it would be worth it if they funded this work complete with modest "FOOD - MILE xx" signs like you see on the interstates.

Skyguy999 on 10/31/2011 01:54 PM:
Yes, this is something that puzzled me when I was in Sedalia on the trail. You'd think since you pass within eyeshot of several businesses on both 50 and 65 that would be ideal for trail traffic that they'd want to arrange something like an offramp to a safe area (like a sidewalk) to get to their places. This would be especially true of Thompson Blvd and 65 between Thompson Blvd and 50.

Craig Horton from Highlands Ranch, CO on 07/05/2016 11:25 AM:
The restaurant is very good - you have to take the trail exit - before you get to the bridge and then ride ~ 1/4 mi on the highway to the restaurant. It is busy and you need to ride it fast. There were 3 of us on the trip and the food is very good. It was a great place for lunch on the ride from Clinton to Boonville.

Del-Amici Restaurant Closed (Sedalia)
Bob Krzewinski from Ypsilanti, MI on 05/04/2006 10:15 PM:
We pulled into Sedalia on rainy April 29th, staying at the Hotel Bothwell, only to find out the hotel's Del-Amici restaurant had closed in mid-April. The person at the front desk said that they were expecting to open another restaurant in the same space sometime in the future.

With the hotel staff telling us our other close by (walking distance) food options were bar-food, we elected to stay in and order out. In the room was a hotel directory with various restaurants listed that deliver and we settled on a place that delivered Italian.

ET from Columbia on 05/08/2006 11:16 AM:
Oh, here's the answer to the question I just posted! We were told the same thing about "way too far to walk anywhere" one Sunday, when the restaurant was closed. Everyone said that the nearest restaurants were 3 or 4 miles away. But we thought, "how can that be, in a town the size of Sedalia?" So we set out on foot, and discovered that it was a beautiful walk of no more than a mile, along tree-lined Broadway, with gorgeous historic houses, to a little business section with several restaurants. We had a very nice meal, to the sounds of a marimba band, at the Mexican restaurant. Travelling everywhere by car seems to result in people losing their sense of distance.

ET from Columbia on 05/08/2006 04:31 PM:
Me again--I called the Hotel Bothwell, and they are expecting a new to open May 22--not sure what kind, but supposedly a 5-star establishment. I hope they will cater to Katy Trail users!

Mark from Sedalia on 05/09/2006 01:48 PM:
El Tapatilo is the restaurant you are talking about. Excellent food and usually has entertainment on the weekend. The Sedalia House Bed and Breakfast also caters to KATY Trail cyclists and provides shuttles to all local restaurants. There is a page on the website exclusively for the KATY Trail, and special packages are available.

Ray from Eaton, Co. on 06/16/2006 09:46 PM:
How are the rooms at the Bothwell?

ET from Columbia on 06/20/2006 12:08 PM:
Rooms are small (it's an old hotel), but clean and comfortable and attractive. While some people like taking their bikes to tbheir rooms, we would prefer to be able to put ours in a storage area, or even outside, but they really discourage that. This is especially a problem for us, with 4 people and 4 bikes in their family suites, and they did let us put our bikes in the basement this time. They have done that in the past, but are now putting a bar in downstairs. Also, we ate at the new restaurant, The Ivory Grille, and were very happy with the food--delicious herb and cheese biscuits, a good house salad, and a good selection of beef, chicken, pasta and seafood entrees, with a complimentary dessert of a small but tasty serving of cheesecake.

pv from Sedalia on 07/11/2006 04:45 PM:
The Ivory Grille has replaced Del Amici and is a fabulous upgrade. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tues-Fri, Dinner Sat, and Brunch on Sunday. I live in Sedalia and haven't missed a brunch yet. A true chef, affordable prices.

Jim from Oklahoma on 07/14/2006 09:50 PM:
We stayed at the Bothwell a few days ago and found it to be very nice and reasonably priced. The plumbing is a bit quirky but is not a problem. The included continental breakfast was better than expected and included biscuits and gravy, self-made waffles, quality coffee and fruit, plus the usual items. Didn't eat at the hotel's restaurant (kinda pricy). Instead stuffed ourselves at a seemingly new and good Mexican restaurant at the intersection of the Katy trail and HWY 65; the HWY is marked on the Katy trail. The hotel is five blocks from the Katy trail train station, best reached on 3rd street.

Jim Pryde from Sedalia, MO on 10/09/2006 05:02 PM:
The Mexican restaurant mentioned by the previous poster is El Espolon, and it is fabulous. Although I think the food at El Tapatio is a little better, the price and atmosphere at El Espolon is preferable.

I have yet to try the Ivory Grille, because Del Amici was our favorite restaurant in town. We hated to see it close. It was expensive, but the service was always excellent and we loved the food.