Meriwether Café and Bike Shop

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  • Overall: A (4.5/5)
  • Value: B (3.5/5)
  • Atmosphere: B (3.5/5)
  • Service: B+ (4/5)
  • Food: A- (4.2/5)

Watermelon on my salad

After 9 miles of biking, we were certainly hungry. We found Meriwether Café and Bike Shop and weren't quite sure what we were going to find. I had looked at their menu online earlier that morning and it appeared a little "snooty" without a lot of items. I expected a fancy more upscale diner, but was pleasantly surprised to find more of a workingclass establishment.

The dining room had simple tables and metal chairs and was light and airy. There was a bicycle repair area adjoining the restaurant with an open door between the two. The bicycle area was empty and seemed clean, so it didn't detract from the restaurant's atmosphere.

Meriwether Café and Bike Shop, Rocheport, MO

There weren't a lot of choices on the menu. Katherine ordered the Grass Fed Cheeseburger (1/3 lb grass fed burger, leaf lettuce, red onion, house made pickles, white cheddar, mayo, mustard, ketchup, bun, & fries) for $10.50, and I got the Naturalist which was something under their Bowls section of the menu for $10.00. The Naturalist was described as watermelon, feta, sesame avocado, tomato, mixed greens, charred lime vin. I had no idea what most of that meant, but I went ahead and ordered it anyway, along with a glass of tea.

"Naturalist" Bowl

The "Naturalist" was actually pretty good. I'd never had watermelon chunks on a salad like this before, but it worked nicely and contrasted quite a bit with the slice of tomato. Overall, it worked as a lunch dish. I'm not sure I'll ever find that combination of ingredients again, but I patted myself on the back for trying something new that appeared to be composed of mostly healthy ingredients.

The service was good and it was a nice, air-conditioned place to stop while riding the Katy Trail.