Gas Station Dinner for $100?

As crazy as it sounds it’s true and was worth every penny.  This took place over the summer during our Yosemite trip, but the irony of this experience still comes to mind so I thought it might be worth blogging about.  We had been shooting in the Tioga area for a few hours and were ready for some food.  We were told ahead of time that we’d be eating at the Tioga Gas Mart and that we’d surprised how good the food was.

Within the Tioga Gas Mart is the Whoa Nellie Deli.  The owner and chef is Toomey.  It seems funny to use the word ‘chef’ in reference to a gas station restaurant, but trust me, whatever you’re comfortable calling him you’d be amazed at his creations.  Take a look at the menu:

Not your typical gas station food selection

Not your typical gas station food selection

I had the Wild Buffalo Meatloaf.....best meatloaf I've ever had.

I had the Wild Buffalo Meatloaf.....best meatloaf I've ever had.

The four of us ordered and filled up our paper cups from the self-serve soda fountain and had a seat.  Something about ordering the Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin for $20 and then going to the self-server soda fountain seems funny.

When the food arrived, in very healthy sized portions, the truth was about to be discovered.  No matter how many times someone said, “You’ll be surprised” you’d never really believe it until you took your first bite.

Wild Buffalo Meatloaf with spaghetti squash and garlic mashed potatos

Wild Buffalo Meatloaf prepared with port wine au jus, spaghetti squash and garlic mashed potatoes

Kansas City Steak Salad

Kansas City Steak Salad

Time for some dessert.

Dense, New York style cheese cake

Dense, New York style cheese cake

Rich, double chocolate cake

Rich, double chocolate cake

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