When you’re weighing options for a meal on the town, here’s betting you don’t immediately think of Chevron. Sure, it’s as fine a place as any for filling your car with the nutrition it craves—but your belly?
Well actually, yes. And we’re not just talking candy bars and gum, either. At least not at the Chevron in Wailuku, which offers an array of surprisingly enticing breakfast and lunchtime options.
For AM eaters, recommended fare includes the French toast, which, though an admittedly difficult-to-screw-up dish, is a cut above average here; and the croissant sandwich, a fine first-thing-in-the-morning, stick-to-your-ribs standby. There’s also ample coffee in a variety of roasts, brewed up fresh and piping hot.
If it’s midday munchies you’re after, the choices are even more expansive. The honey fried chicken and chicken katsu should top the list for poultry lovers, while the breaded beef also hits the spot. All of the above are served with rice or mashed potatoes and potato-mac or green salad. The “regular” portion is huge, while the “mini” is plenty big enough for all but the hungriest diners.
Moving away from the hot bar—which also serves sandwiches, burgers and other goodies, by the way—we arrive at a cold case stocked with pre-made salads, wraps and sushi. If you’re like me, the term “pre made” conjures up some not-so-appetizing images, but a sampling of Chevron’s offerings indicates this stuff is actually made fresh, with ingredients that hold up under the shrink-wrap.
Those whose gums are fitted with a sweet tooth or two will want to peruse the cornucopia of sweets that rests alongside the cold case’s other items. The pumpkin pie, a dessert that even upscale eateries sometimes get wrong, is especially noteworthy. You can buy it by the slice or the entire pie. (I chose option one, then immediately wished I’d gone with two.)
Finally, while Wailuku Chevron is getting a mention in this space because of the restaurant-like grinds it offers, it’s worth noting that there are distinct advantages to grabbing grub at a place that also acts as a mini mart. If you want to augment your meal with a drink—soda, juice, bottled water, beer—or a prepackaged side dish like chips or beef jerky, it’s all right there at regular retail prices.
Bottom line: Fine dining this ain’t, and probably not the place to take that special someone on a first date. But if you’re looking for a quick, hearty meal on the go you could do a lot worse, and the reasonable prices only sweeten the deal. With petroleum hovering around $4.70 a gallon, it’s nice to know you can still head to the gas station for a decent, not to mention tasty, bargain. MTW