This is a great find. I first ate here at least 4 or 5 years ago, maybe more. One of my first dates with my current girlfriend involved a few nights at Cedarcrest Inn (one of the 2 affiliated inns) and a few meals here. I stopped here on the way back from Hannibal via Louisiana (MO - where I found great bbq, btw). I was worried about 3 things: The fact that I had eaten a fair amount at the Hannibal Folklife Festival (highly recommended), and found this bbq place and had to stop, and then when I got to Clarksville Station there were dozens if not hundreds of cars. Turns out there was a reception at one of the inns. I was worried about the kitchen being backed up. I asked to be seated outside since the weather was so beautiful and the outdoor patio and landscaping is extensive and lovely, and Javier Mendoza was singing/playing, a St. Louis area guy who I have heard at Lafayette Square concerts.
Anyway...after a slow start taking my order and bringing out the drink, service was very good. And the food was wonderful. I had heard that Chef Grandinetti had just left, but I noticed no issues with the food. I had a wonderful deviled duck egg starter, and then pork osso buco style, with veggie couscous, sage infused madiera mushroom sauce, and pickled pumpkin. All wonderful, the pork was a great fall taste as it started to get dark out - so rich and flavorful. I took some home, along with a walnut layer cake with apricot creme (in fridge).
Beautiful space, uses local and on site produce, probably the best restaurant within an hour or more in any direction. St. Louis folks, - this place is worth the drive.
That this place is in a town of less than 500 people boggles the mind. And, the artisan shops are great and deserve our support