Gas stations may seem like an unlikely spot to find culinary treasures; yet hungry travelers have come to rely on them for quick, easy, delicious food.
For years, kosher eating travelers have had to make do with chips and pretzels, but now all that has changed! Many gas stations have begun serving kosher food- and not only for travelers. The convenient and long hours, friendly service, and varied menus (which include everything, from French toast and cappuccino to yapcik and cholent), is what attracts customers- for breakfast, lunch, and supper- and of course some snacks in between. Inside these makeshift gas station kitchens are cooks- not gourmet chefs. But they are passionate about good kosher food.
Curious about this new trend I set out to On The Go in the Shell station in Monsey, NY. "I saw that there was a need for kosher food in gas stations," says Eli Farkas, the owner, "There are many travelers who'd like to buy kosher food. And the gas station was happy to comply and sell kosher food!"
How did the idea take off?
“In the very beginning,” says Eli, “it was hard, because it was a brand new idea. But then it caught on and I have lots of customers, travelers as well as local residents. Everyone loves it! ‘It feels like I’m in Israel’ is the comment I often get from my customers.”
On the Go, Monsey, NY. Menue includes parve and dairy products.
Kosher food at the Velaro gas station in Monroe. Menu includes parve and dairy products.
Shwarma falafel grill in a Jerusalem gas station. Menue includes meat products.
Falafel Munch, on Route 9 Exxon station in Lakewood, NJ. Menue includes dairy products.
Delta station in Route 9, in Lakewood, NJ. Menue includes meat products.
This list is not all inclusive. Other gas stations serving Kosher food include: Getty on the Hill in Route 59 in Monsey, NY; Gas station in the exit of Bnei Brak, Israel.
Need some gas (and chulent) at 12:00 am? Want to get a quick bite on the way up to the Catskills? You know where to go!
Note: if you know of any other gas stations serving Kosher food, we’d love to hear about them!