Gas Up, Chow Down

There Are Cheap Eats Just Steps From The Pump. But Is Filling-station Food Worth It?

May 21, 2008|By John Lindner | John Lindner,sun reporter

The question seemed a good one at the time: Had the quality of gas-station food risen with the price of gas?

If you're a pay-at-the-pump patron like me, you probably don't get inside gas stations often. So you might be surprised to learn that they now offer far more than leathery wieners set on rollers.

Chevron gas station/Sunshine General Store

Address --22300 Georgia Ave., Brookeville

Phone --301-774-7428

Gas --$3.75 a gallon

After a fellow motorcyclist raved about the place, we decided to check it out. Its ambience alone makes it worth the drive.

The station's chipped linoleum floors support shelves bearing everything from tiny cans of Vienna wieners and off-brand sodas to Zebco fishing poles and Alpo dog food. The women working the grill hold court as ad-hoc weather forecasters. A patron at the counter declared: "Best hamburgers in Maryland."

Let's just say the place inspires hyperbole. However, the bacon cheeseburger, $5.75, was quite good. A half pound of ground beef was slapped on the grill. The bacon was thick. Too bad the burger was overly salty.

The hot dog, $1.55, was also superior - the best we had. The bun is improved by a spell on the grill. It, too, suffered from too much salt, though.

Rating: 4 1/2 tires. Among gas stations, Sunshine is a solid 5 on almost every level. But I can't overlook an overly salty burger.

Hard-hearted? Maybe. Hard arteried, certainly.

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