Best Place to Eat in a Small Town

I know I live in small town America.

How?

When the favorite place to eat-out for the kids, as well as most of our neighbors, is..

A Local Gas Station.

Yes, fuel for the car, and then treats for the family.

It is the best place to eat in this small town.

A place where phrases such as these are common:

Did they run out of strawberry milk?

Are you going to eat those pickles?

Dad, could we get more onion rings?

With full bellies, the little gang is now ready to tackle a sunny Saturday afternoon.

If we lived in a big city, we could certainly find fancier places to eat.

But I would not trade the slower pace of a non-urban area for any of that.

A pace that promotes family time.

If you need us, meet us at the gas station.

You'll leave content.

In more ways than one.

21 comments:

joeh said...

Simple can be the best, especially when kids are involved.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I live in a small town, but we do have restaurants. But now that my kids are grown, I'm itching for a more urban life.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh yes. We have a gas station with very good breakfasts here.

Bijoux said...

I remember seeing a place like that on Diners, DriveIns and Dives. Maybe it's the same one?

Pat Hatt said...

haha our gas stations are nothing like that. Yeah the hussle and bussle is a pain

debi o'neille said...

Yep. I live in a small town, and I'll die in one, but not too soon, I hope.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Diane Estrella said...

Small dives are usually the best for eats. Family time anywhere is numero uno!

lisa said...

I love those small-town eateries! They usually have much better food than the large chain restaurants. I bet they even know you when you walk in! You just can't beat the friendliness and laid back pace of a small town. But it needs to be sort of close to a larger town…..for shoe shopping….of course. :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

Ha! I live in a city. One of my favorite spots is a combo laundromat, car wash, and burger spot. Best lamb burgers ever!

I second the family time :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I live in Nashville, near the Opry, but we have a market down the road that's mostly a gas station. It's designed for tourists. Every day they make fresh pizzas (Hunt Brothers) and fried chicken that's really good. My husband and I both work from home so we often go down there for food! He went to pick up a pizza last weekend and they were making scones (no lie--at a GAS STATION!). They were incredible. Not like real scones, really, except for the shape. They were soft and apple cinnamon flavored. You just never know where you'll find good food!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

hahah, aw! It's quite sweet all the things that kids can appreciate. I remember my favorite restaurant as a kid was Hometown Buffet because I could get anything I wanted... now, that thought just makes me go BLECH. And I say enjoy it while you can :) Hard to enjoy a gas station diet forever!

Chrys Fey said...

I always wanted to live in a small town like that. :)

messymimi said...

Yes, the best places to eat are the locally owned places in small towns where the locals love to go.

Brian Miller said...

i would believe it...i always ask the locals when i am in town...they will lead you away from the lights and flash to those places that are just special...

Jeanette Levellie said...

Great post! We moved to a small town 14 years ago, after living in L.A. for most of our adult lives. We've never been back.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I ecall such places (many were DINERS) along the turnpikes on the east coast, and I loved every one of them.

Gas stations were a separate entity in those days...they only sold you gas, and checked the oil, the water, and cleaned the windshields for FREE, along with giving away those ORIGINAL GPS systems - called ROAD MAPS.
I miss those days...AND the food.

Good post.

Roll safe out there.

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. I feel that way when we are on the road and there is no where to go.

A Cuban In London said...

Loving this post. I quite like the slow pace of small towns sometimes. But I am a city boy at the end of the day.

Greetings from London.

Bossy Betty said...

Gas stations often have the best candy too!

Ginny said...

I wish I could get onion rings at the gas stations around here. I guess they just aren't the same in a big city.

terri said...

I've always favored simplicity over fancy, trendy, busy anything. Half of my family lives in small towns, and I always thought it would be nice for us. BUT, my hubby and I both grew up in the city, in the shadow of a slightly bigger city. So we were content enough to move to the suburbs. It's a bit quieter, but we're still pretty close to so many conveniences. I have to say though, there's not a single gas station around here where I'd be willing to have dinner. :-)