This is what the Country store looked like a bit ago, with the restaurant to the left of it. Then they did this:
You can tell that this farm is doing well when they can tear down their old store and make a huge one. This store is very much on the inside, as high-tech as a Whole Foods or Schnucks. As for the restaurant, it used to be tiny, country-style decorated and could sit maybe 50 people. Now, the place is huge and can easily seat a few hundred.
Now, while the family is still running the farm and businesses, these 6th and 7th generation Eckert's have created a memorable and delicious menu for their restaurant to boast and surpass their apple and other produce picking.
My favorite item of all, is chicken and dumplings. What I love about the chicken and dumplings at the Eckert's restaurant is: first of all, it is bottomless and second of all, it tastes just like my grandma used to make. Well, first off, they call it "bottomless" on the menu and what that means is that if you have an awesome server, like we did, he will notice when you are remotely close to the bottom of the large bowl of chicken and dumplings and then he will come out with another large bowl and take the old one. That's right, a wonderful server will come and replenish your ambrosia, before you can flinch, all for $10. What made our time there even better, is that when I took what was left to go home, our cool server not only refilled my bowl and placed it into a to-go container, but then he filled up a second container for me. Awesome.
Now, what about my grandma? Well, she is of German ancestry. Her parents came from Germany and started a horse farm near Sullivan, Missouri. As time went on and she became older, her parents sold the farm for a flat in St. Louis. Then, she went to work at a shoe company, on Washington Avenue. Every day, her mother and grandmother (whom lived with them), would make their dinner, which I lust for because it was awesome German food. Now, my grandmother made two kinds of dumplings: One was a potato dumpling and then other was a spaetzle dumpling. What I find most often called "dumplings" when paired with chicken, is the spaetzle ones, which are made with flour, water and some egg. These are what proper dumpling became to be and as my brothers and I grew older, the spaetzle dumplings paired with chicken
So, the chicken and dumplings I ordered at the restaurant, tasted just like the ones my grandma used to make, which means, the original recipe they make to sell, must be similar in cultural or ethnic region. Anyways; the famous fried chicken, which is also served and sold as an all-you-can-eat option, is also incredible and juicy and moist with a super crispy coating.
So, my thoughts? Service, atmosphere and food, all get a 4 out of 5 stars for me.
Go there and give it a shot.