SHALLOTTE | It's easy to forget where you are when dining on Sal Rubio's cuisine.
That's because you're more than likely at a gas station.
Upon your first visit to The Grille in the BP at 20 Naber Drive, the eatery looks much like any other food counter you'd find inside a convenience store.
But the remaining similarities are few.
You won't see any wrinkled hot dogs rolling around all day on a cooker, but you will find the grilled all-beef kind served with homemade chili and slaw. Other standard diner fare such as burgers, cheesesteaks and subs sit alongside a shrimp and crab quesadilla, gourmet soups, hand-tossed pizza and a spicy shrimp sandwich on the menu. Recent daily specials included jambalaya and a chicken salad wrap as well as shrimp and grits every Thursday. There's also a breakfast menu of sandwiches, bowls and platters.
"I have guys from Southport who come all the way down to get shrimp and grits," Rubio said. "We'll sometimes have 20 orders to go."