I found a great place to stop for lunch on I-29 in Rock Port MO. Trail's End is a little truck stop cafe just off the interstate, I believe it was right next to the Super 8 hotel. We (myself, OrganicGuy and OrganicKid) checked out the buffet, which looked pretty good, so that's what we had. And an excellent choice it was! Fried chicken, crispy and juicy and tender without being greasy. Barbecued ribs, falling off the bone, with not so much sauce that the flavor of the meat was masked. OrganicGuy believes he ate about 20 dollars worth, and he's a devotee of great ribs. Meat loaf received a "pretty good" from OrganicGuy (he was the only one who tried it), but a bit dry. The mashed potatoes were good, but it was the country style gravy that was a relevation! Creamy and peppery, and made me wish for a chicken fried steak to pour it over (heck, I though about just putting it in a soup bowl, but that would've been a bit much). I'd recommend skipping the salad bar, iceburg lettuce that tasted like it had been laced with fruit fresh or something. There was an apple cobbler for dessert, and I ate about two bites before OrganicKid declared it hers, and proceeded to devour the whole thing! And, best of all, the whole thing cost a grand total of $8.99 each!
I really know nothing about the restaurant or area of Rock Port at all; we just found it driving between Omaha NE and Raleigh NC. But OrganicKid insisted I let the Chow World know about this hidden gem.