By Emma Kent
Sometimes the best food is hiding in plain sight: We’re talking about your local gas station. We took a tour of some of the best food to be found in service stations across Northeast Mississippi.
Sandwiched between Starkville’s Nash Street Historic District and Cotton District is every college kid’s dream: One place where you can buy cheap beer, find good food and fill up your gas tank. The Marathon at 601 University Drive may appear unassuming from the outside, but inside are a wealth of food options. From wings, burgers and gyros to catfish plates and chicken tenders, Coconuts is somewhat of a one-stop shop. Their specialty, though, is made-from-scratch burritos. Oh, and #TacoTuesday, when you can grab seven tacos for just $2.99.
601 University Drive
Starkville, MS 39759
Open 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
4 Corners Chevron, Oxford
If you’ve had a night out in Oxford, you’ve probably had chicken on a stick, and you probably got it from 4 Corners Chevron. The gas station is just a short walk from Oxford’s famous square, making it a late-night food destination for college students and a convenient spot to grab a pre-game snack for football fans. Although they serve other items, 4 Corners is known for its chicken on a stick. It’s exactly what it sounds like — three pieces of fried chicken made with 4 Corners’ special breading on a sturdy skewer. The gas station sells more than 1,500 chickens-on-sticks every home game weekend during football season, and they’ve even started catering.
4 Corners Chevron
502 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655
Brewer Grocery, Shannon
Don’t show up to Brewer Grocery for lunch if you’re not willing to wait in line. Trust us, though, it’s worth it. Brewer Grocery in Shannon has been operating since 1975, but didn’t begin serving food until the 1990s. For the past 18 years the gas station and store have been owned by Trey McMasters and serving up homemade Southern fare for breakfast and lunch in the Brewer community. The locals keep the store busy throughout the week, with larger crowds coming on Thursdays and Fridays for Brewer Grocery’s popular hamburger steak and barbecue. The lunch menu is always changing with dishes like chicken pot pie, lasagna and smoked chicken on the rotation. The store also serves cooked-to-order breakfast and offers some ready-made breakfasts for their patrons to pick up on-the-go.
403 Co Rd 855
Shannon, MS 38868
Open Monday through Saturday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Store, Saltillo
The Store in Saltillo is relatively new compared to other spots on this list, but it’s become a fast favorite with locals. The Store has been serving breakfast and plate lunches for three years, seven days a week. The store serves a fish plate every Friday, which is its most popular lunch, and chicken and burgers on the weekends. There are also homemade desserts and the popular pork chop sliders. For breakfast, The Store offers fresh fruit, parfaits, oatmeal from scratch, hashbrown casserole, chocolate gravy, sausage gravy, biscuits, eggs, fresh-baked pastries and more. The Store is wallet-friendly, too, serving up specials like two pork chop sliders with a side of fries for just $4.49.
2793 Highway 145
Saltillo, MS 38866
Open 4:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Thomas Street Grocery, Tupelo
Thomas Street Grocery has long been known in Tupelo as one of the best breakfast spots in town, but what some may not realize is that the store also has an impressive lunch menu. In fact, lunch has become Thomas Street Grocery’s busiest time of day. That’s probably due to the fact the store offers everything from Mexican chicken casserole to fried catfish and salmon patties to a spinach salad topped with smoked chicken and cranberries. The menu changes every day, and each entree can be accompanied by any of the grocery’s many Southern sides: cornbread, lima beans, deviled eggs, turnip greens — the list goes on. Not to mention the homemade desserts and frozen casseroles, ready to take home and heat up for dinner. In the morning, hot, fresh breakfast sandwiches and biscuits are a crowd favorite.
Thomas Street Grocery
133 S Thomas Street
Tupelo, MS 38801
Open 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.