The name of our convenience store adjacent to University Station is "Station 14". We are Mathan and Jill Holt, owners and operators of University Station RV Resort and now the new managers of Station 14 Convenience Store and Tailgate Grill. If we haven't met you yet, we are looking forward to seeing you soon. They have a wealth of services to meet your RV needs.
"Tailgate Grill', which is the cafe in the store, has a full "Hot Bar" Monday thru Friday serving a full breakfast as well as Hunt's Pizza & wings. There is also a Gift Shop in the store... Station 14 Boutique & Gifts
Some of the services at Station 14 are:
Boutique & Gift Shop
Full Breakfast Daily
Noon Hot Bar Mon - Saturday
Sit Down Dining
Menu Includes: 14 Vegetables and 16 Meats (We serve Fried Chicken, Baked Chicken, Hamburger Steak, Chicken Tenders and one Different Meat Special Each Day Such As: Fried Pork Chops, Country Fried Steak w/ white gravy, Spaghetti, Ham, Fried & Broiled Fish)
Our Veggies include 18 choices with a minimum of 6 Veggies served each day which include:
Cabbage, Fried and Boiled Okra, Creamed Corn, Corn on The Cob, English Peas, Carrots, Broccoli Rice Chicken Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Squash Casserole, Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Butter Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Rice, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Whole Potatoes.
Rolls, Cornbread or Biscuits are served with each meal.
Our Weekend Menu Includes: Burgers, Fries, Chicken Fingers, Hunt's Pizza, Cheese Sticks, Egg Rolls, Onion Rings, Corndogs, Chicken Sandwiches
The Dish: Smothered chicken is delicious cuisine
Bill Kimber | News Editor
Years ago, a fellow I worked with told me that he and his wife liked “cuisine-type foods.” His attempt to sound sophisticated made me chuckle that day, and when I think about it now, it still does.
I get it – they like fancy food. But I remembered from those long-ago French classes that “cuisine” is French for “kitchen.” Kitchen-type foods? And I know that in English, cuisine means a manner of preparing food – a style of cooking. A style of cooking-type foods?
Perhaps it would hit the ear better to say “I like Italian cuisine,” or “I like French cuisine.” It just struck me as funny.
I like food-type foods, and this week I hit the jackpot.
On Wednesday I had lunch at Tailgate Grill inside Station 14, the convenience store attached to University Station RV Park on Alabama 14, a mile past Webster Road like you’re headed toward Loachapoka. It’s a neat little store with everything you’d need if you were staying in the RV park – gas, groceries, beer and tobacco, a sign inside the place says – but there’s also a nice selection of Auburn souvenirs, from T-shirts and ball caps to flip-flops, sunglasses and some really neat embroidered bath towels.
And then there’s lunch.
Several people had told me to try their breakfast, but I don’t get out of the house in time for breakfast most days, so I can only give you a second-hand recommendation on that.
I arrived after the lunch rush at the end of a brief downpour, and the steam table had fried chicken, chicken fingers and the final hamburger steak of the day, along with corn, baby lima beans, collards and green bean casserole. A chalkboard said Wednesday is also pork chop day. They must've been good -- they were all gone.
The other Wednesday special on the chalkboard is smothered chicken, and next time I’m heading out 14 on a Wednesday, I’ll definitely order this meal again. The big stainless pan was filled with fried chicken fingers smothered with brown gravy, onions and green and red bell peppers. A simple recipe whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
My plate was three of the smothered chicken fingers, baby limas, collards and a cornbread muffin. With a 16-ounce Coke and tax, my total was $7.83. You can get it to go, but I opted to eat in the cozy dining area, where the big TV was tuned to the Weather Channel.
Each bite of the chicken was easy to cut with a plastic fork, and the gravy had soaked into the crisp breading of the chicken fingers for a texture both smooth and crunchy. The blend of peppers, onions and gravy was delicious. The vegetables were cooked to tender perfection, and the cornbread muffin was put to good use in sopping up every last drop.
This is not fancy food – it’s generous portions of delicious food for a very reasonable price – so if you’re into cuisine-type foods, you’ll want to keep looking.
According to the chalkboard, Monday features barbecue and baked beans; Tuesday is pot roast or broccoli chicken rice casserole; Wednesday is smothered chicken or pork chops; Thursday is country-fried steak or broccoli chicken rice casserole, and Friday is fried catfish.
On weekends, there’s a burger bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Tailgate Grill also offers Hunt’s pizza and wings, according to the RV park’s website.
The service was as friendly and fast as the food was delicious.
Bottom line: I like convenience store cuisine.