Sometimes, you can find a wonderful surprise in the unlikeliest of places. It’s often the little “hole in the wall” restaurants that have the best food, but these restaurants hidden in gas stations take it to the next level. Why not fill your tank and your stomach at the same time?
1. El Carajo, Miami
Visitors to this restaurant are in for a real surprise. Instead of walking into the typical convenience store next to a filling station, they will find themselves inside of an authentic Spanish restaurant, with a romantic atmosphere and a huge selection of fine wines. Plus, their famous tapas are delicious and reasonably priced. Address: 2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145
2. Pearl Country Store, Micanopy
This awesome little hidden gem not only serves up the best barbecue around, it's also attached to a charming old-fashioned general store with typical convenience store items and some unique finds. Address: 106 US-441 A, Micanopy, FL 32667
3. Burger Station, The Villages
Don't let the exterior fool you, this humble burger joint has the best burgers in town. Be sure to arrive early, because they close at 5 p.m. Address: 260 Colony Blvd, The Villages, FL 32162
4. Redd's Fueling Station, Santa Rosa Beach
Hidden behind a gas station, this restaurant and bar has a funky modern speakeasy vibe. The owner, Redd, serenades customers while almost single-handedly running the whole place. If you love your food with a side of fun, you have to check out Redd's. Address: 2320 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
5. Tabuleh Cafe at Planet Ozone, Stuart
It's pretty strange to find an organic grocery store attached to a gas station, and it's even weirder to also find a delicious Mediterranean restaurant there, too. If you love Greek, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, seek out this hidden gem in Stuart. Address: 1601 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994
6. Direct From Philly, Deerfield Beach
Philly Cheesesteaks are on one of those things that have to be done right or not done at all. Luckily, this gas station diner's name is no lie. If you've never had an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, come out and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Address: 1201 South Military Trail, Inside the Chevron station, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
7. Tops Hamburgers, Navarre
The nondescript exterior of this burger restaurant makes it blend right into the gas station it's attached to, but if you're lucky, you won't miss it. Locals love the delicious burgers and sides and bargain prices at this unassuming burger joint. Address: 8068 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
8. Taco Vazquez, Estero
This is not fast food Mexican like you would get from a chain. Prepare yourself for homemade tortillas and a selection of delicious authentic dishes made from scratch. And somehow all of this is hidden in a gas station. Address: 21481 S Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL 33928
Have you ever visited any of these gas station restaurants? Do you have a favorite dining spot hidden in an unusual location?
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