[I should note for the moderators at this point that I am in no way affiliated with the store or its ownership, just a customer who loves the food and the concept.]
A bit of backstory: When we moved from Chapel Hill to rural Alamance county (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3971...), we were seriously worried about the food situation out here. The only place closer than a 15 minute drive was a old gas station grill that mostly re-heated frozen, industrial foods (on the plus side, our closest resto was Fiesta Grill). Lucky for us, the property owners sold the gas station last summer and everything began to change. It started with good (Counter Culture) coffee and a decent beer selection. Now they're serving duck fat fries at lunch and doing the occasional tasting menu.
It turns out the new owners are trained chefs and dedicated foodies. We've been eating their food since the change in ownership since we live within walking distance but I haven't gotten around to posting much about it here. As odd as it may seem, a gas station in rural Alamance County is serving some insanely good, high end chow.
At lunch they have very nice sandwiches (including a phenomenal goat burger). Weeknights they have a special or two for dinner and they put out a big (and growing) menu on the weekends.
In addition to prepared foods, they sell local produce and dairy, wine and beer, Cane Creek/Braeburn farms meats, a decent selection of cheeses (local and imported), and, since it's still a gas station, motor oil.
Obviously, I'm a huge fan of the food but I also love the concept (that quality, local, and sustainable foods deserve a wide audience and can supplant the crap that people eat because crap is convenient and available). I guarantee it is the best you will ever eat in a gas station.
I read tonight's menu to my wife and she thought I was looking at something from Piedmont or Magnolia Grill. To give y'all an idea of what they're up to:
Braeburn Farms Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Saute of Spinach.
Duck confit with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash
Cane Creek Pork Belly with Seafood Gumbo Gravy over Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts
Eggplant Provencal with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus (vegetarian
)Mussels with Grilled Baguette
Sea Scallops with Fried Local Green Tomatoes and Asparagus
Halibut with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash and Saute of Spinach
Blue Cheese Burger with local beef and Applewood Smoked Bacon
Pan-seared Salmon on Croissant with capers and lemon-garlic aioli
Quiche with saute of artichoke and three cheeses (vegetarian)
Seafood Gumbo (this is full of scallops, shrimp, tasso ham, andouille sausage, applewood bacon, and poblano peppers)"