Gas stations often aren’t the first places that come to mind when I’m trying to decide where to grab a bite to eat. However, this story might have me rethinking that. I reached out to some Huntsville locals to find out which hole-in-the-wall spots around town are must-tries and rounded up five spots where you can fuel your vehicle and your body.
Here’s where the locals go:
1. New Orleans Lunchbox
Often heralded as the best Cajun food in town, you can find New Orleans Lunchbox inside the Marathon/MinitMan gas station on Holmes Avenue in Huntsville. Right now, you can get fresh boiled crawfish every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
2. Mi Mexico
Find authentic Mexican food inside the Texaco at Wall Triana and Pine Grove in Madison. Mi Mexico also caters events, so consider calling them next time you’re hosting a party.
There’s nothing quite like fresh, smoked barbecue. At Pig-N-Out, you can get classic pit BBQ and Korean BBQ—truly a Huntsville hidden gem. Find Pig-n-Out at the Texaco station in Northeast Huntsville on Winchester Road and Bradford Lane.
4. Campus Corner Wavaho
If you’re near Alabama A&M and looking for a quick + yummy meal, try the soul food at the Campus Corner Wavaho. They don’t have much of an online presence, but we hear the hot food bar is worth the trip.
We’ve heard that Dodge’s has some of the best fried chicken around. Find them south of Downtown at the corner of Whitesburg and Franklin.
Coming soon: Buc-ee’s Athens
North Alabama’s newest convenience store, Buc-ee’s, broke ground near Athens last November. While we don’t yet have an opening date for the store, here’s what you can expect to find there:
- Location: Intersection of Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road and Interstate 65
- 120 fuel pumps
- 170 new jobs
- 250-foot-long car wash
- 60,000 square feet of retail
- Hot food, snacks and more
- T-shirts and Buc-ee’s merch
I have yet to partake in the full Buc-ee’s experience, so I’m particularly excited about this one. I’m looking forward to making it a stop on all my roadtrips ASAP—there’s nothing quite like a vacation convenience store run.