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Gourmand in 60 Seconds! 14 Fancy Restaurants in Former Gas Stations

Fodor's Logo By Barbara Noe Kennedy of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 14: You can still spot the porcelain bricks and garage doors of this beautifully restored <a href="https://www.oliostl.com/">art deco filling station</a>, though any oil you’ll find will be of the olive type, decorating shelves of reclaimed wood as well as enhancing dishes on the rotating menu of small Mediterranean plates. Top draws are the thyme-infused fish stew and octopus salad with chickpeas and edamame. If you can’t decide, opt for the four-course prix-fixe dinner. Olio’s space is industrial-mod down to the vintage record player pumping the tunes. <a href="https://www.elaiastl.com/">Elaia</a> is the elegant wine bar occupying an adjacent historic house where the original gas station’s owner once lived.

Gourmand in 60 Seconds! 14 Fancy Restaurants in Former Gas Stations

Gas stations aren’t known for their fine cuisine for practical reasons. Who has time for a long meal when there are miles to be clocked, right? But across America, restauranteurs are setting up shop in former gas stations, replacing rubbery hot dogs, day-old donuts, and congealed cheese pizza with innovative fare in settings full of history and tradition. We’re talking bacon-wrapped meatloaf with bourbon-infused butter, trendy tacos, octopus salad with chickpeas and edamame, and more. So step right up to your neighborhood gas station restaurant and fill ’er up. Here are 13 of the best gas-station-turned-restaurants.

© Greg Rannells

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