Charlottesville’s Most Unique Eats
Even the biggest foodie will be surprised
Gas stations are a travel and road trip necessity, but in Charlottesville, they’re far more than convenient spots to fuel up your car. In fact, some of the best ones double up as unique places where you can fuel up, too, with terrific made-from-scratch cooking.
Opened in 2011, this is much more than your usual gas station and convenience store – it’s actually a community hangout. There’s live music several days a week, 16 rotating taps of craft beer, and even pop-up farmers markets. But it’s the topnotch food that locals keep raving about. The barbecue (think pork, ribs, and brisket) comes right from the outdoor smoker, and there’s chewy hand-tossed pizzas and crispy fried chicken available, offering something for every appetite.
BP Chester Stop-N-Save
Owner Kenny Patel and his wife Uvri run a brisk mid-day lunch business with with their various hot food offerings. While there are sausages and fried chicken on deck, it’s the popular sandwiches you shouldn’t miss. Wedged between two slices of squishy white sandwich bread, the fried fish and bone-in pork chop sandwiches are simply satisfying and affordable, to boot. And if you drop by in the morning, be sure to order Uvri’s home fries, a hearty blend of potatoes and onions sauteed on the flat top grill.
Horizon Food Store
A bit of an insider’s secret, many locals claim that this spot boasts some of the best fried chicken in the area. Every piece is hand dredged, and flash fried in a pressure cooker. The crust is pleasingly golden, craggy, with a hint of mild spice, and yields to moist, fork-tender meat inside. Because the fried chicken is popular, your best bet is to arrive early in the day before everything sells out.