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Make Harstburg your stop on bike/foot/or in car and head straight to Dottie's Cafe! Expecting a run-of-the-mill chicken wrap, I was amazed with the first bite...a thin and lightly toasted texture wrap sprinkled with touches of finely grated cheese should have warned me that Dottie knows just what to do for perfection. I thought Osseo Wisconsin was the pie capital of the country and now I have to eat my words. Dottie's Coconut Creme Pie with crust from scratch and picture perfect merengue could have been on the cover of a magazine. We even returned in the afternoon for another piece. So much for burning off calories biking!
We even added a piece or two to the on-going puzzle before leaving and enjoyed a rock on the front porch while being serenaded by the local robin.
posted May 14 2011 6:34PM - Kay Hoff, Minocqua Wisconsin

I agree. Dotty's is a treasure. Have enjoyed several wonderful meals and snacks there.
posted May 14 2011 10:09PM - Anonymous

We stopped in this past Wednesday and it was fantastic! Service was great and can't wait to go back! Our server snatched up our 4 water bottles, filled them and rinsed the trail dust off! That was the best! Make sure you go to Dotty's Cafe! These small towns need our business!
posted May 15 2011 5:15PM - Specialized, Blue Springs, MO

Thank you all for stopping in for a visit to our little town. I believe that Dotty and our other business owners are the best of the best on the Katy Trail. Just as a reminder, we also have three inns and two taverns to accomodate you during your visit, and camping is always free at Volunteer Park. We also have the American Legion Park available, and large groups aren't a problem. We no longer have a bike shop, I'm sad to say, but I live immediately West of Dotty's, and I have tools available should you find yourself with a broken bike during your stay. Thanks again for visiting our town. We always look forward to it. :)
posted May 16 2011 11:45AM - Bud Ditzfeld, Mayor, Hartsburg MO

I always stay at a B&B in Hartsburg and eat at Dottie's.... 60 seconds off the trail for each one.. No bridge to cross, quiet little town. Yep, good place for a city boy who just wants to make the ride as pleasant and uneventful as possible.
posted May 16 2011 1:45PM - Anonymous

Hartsburg has been one of my favorite towns when riding the Katy trail. Everyone is so friendly and helpful to cyclists. I always camp in the park across the street and never have to worry about anything. If you arrive in town too late for Dottie's Cafe the scratching post bar opens and has good food. If you plan on camping in hartsburg AVOID the weekend of the pie festival at all costs. I've never seen so many people in such a small town.
posted May 24 2011 4:31PM - Anonymous

Just a couple of corrections to Anon's last post: The Hitching Post only serves pizza, but it's almost always available, as they're open seven days per week. The Big Muddy Tavern serves a full menu. Pumpkin Festival does get a bit crowded, as we have up to 50,000 visitors to our little town. The usual camping spots won't be available, but I'm certain that arrangements could be made if you wanted to ask around in advance. Thanks again for making Hartsburg your stop on The Katy Trail.
posted May 26 2011 9:12AM - Bud Ditzfeld, Mayor, Hartsburg MO

Thanks to the folks at Dotties. When I came thru there I was disappointed to see a closed sign on the door. However, I saw some movement inside and they were still there after catering to a large group of riders. They invited us in as well as some other bikers who came thru and went ahead and cooked for us. Great food!
posted May 31 2011 3:04PM - Rickford, Pulaski,va

Tags: Hartsburg, Volunteer Park, Hitching Post, American Legion Park, Dotty's Cafe, Big Muddy Tavern, Restaurants, Lodging, Camping, Water, Running Modify Tags

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