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Rocheport-not the friendliest place

My friend and I had biked from Boonville to Rocheport one sunday and were starving and
thirsty by the time we got there with every place closed except Abigail's. A pricey place but
we were willing to pay anything for food. The owner looked at us funny when we walked in
and said all his tables were taken with reservations. Only two people were sitting in the
whole place. We went back outside and sat on a bench trying to figure out what we can do.
Another couple dressed all nice came in after us without reservations and were eventually
seated at a table that was "mistakenly" not really reserved. We sat on the bench outside
aghast that the nicely dressed couple was seated and not us, probably too dusty off the
trail. We filled up our water bottles from a spicket and road two hours home on empty
stomachs and sore butts.
We drove the next day to Rocheport to start our biking for the day and stopped at the bike
shop to buy gel seats. They were out of the sizes we needed and the guy running the place
just wasn't the friendliest. We didn't encounter many friendly people in Rocheport. When
we asked for directions and even the service at the winery. It was dissappointing for such a
charming town to have not so friendly people.
posted Jul 7 2006 10:31AM - debbie, Kansas City

We usually eat at Abigails when we bike to Rocheport and I love their food. That being said, I find them a wee bit pretentious and condescending. We ate there with a group of people including my nephew one evening and, when they brought our meals, she gave him an order of Trout. When he said that there must be a mixup and that he had not ordered Trout, the reply from the waitress was....and I'll never forget this line......."well, I wouldn't have brought it to you if you hadn't ordered it!" Having worked in restraurants before, I thought that this was a novel approach to customer service. All things considered though,it's not a bad place to eat...particularly when you look at your other options for a meal in Rocheport.
posted Jul 7 2006 1:04PM - Jim, St. Thomas

Rocheport is great. Abigails is the one with the problem.

They're amateurs and equal any McDonald worker.

While in Rocheport go eat at the Trailside Cafe. Sit and watch the action on the trail then test ride their bikes too.
posted Jul 20 2006 6:19PM - Anonymous

Unfortunately, my husband and I had a similar experience in Rocheport. We stayed at the Yates House and found the innkeeper (female) to be abrupt and rude, the man was okay. We have stayed in many B&B's over the years and have never had an experience like that before.

Lunch at Abigail's was okay, but the service was slow.

We did have a nice experience at the Pebble Publishing Book Store. They carry a great selection of Missouri history, Katy Trail and nature books.

We had our best night of the ride in Augusta and would recommend that over Rocheport any time!
posted Jul 23 2006 4:09PM - Iowa Biker

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