My Mom always used to say "Don't judge a book by its cover." That saying should hold up when it comes to restaurants in gas stations.

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I've seen it in action too. When I lived in Kansas City, I was told of a fantastic BBQ restaurant that worked out of a gas station. At the time, it was called Oklahoma Joe's. It has since been renamed Joe's Kansas City but it stands as one of the finest BBQ restaurants in America.

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Living in Rockford, one of the best BBQ joints in town is also at a gas station, Smokehouse BBQ.

That said, a restaurant doesn't need to serve BBQ out of a gas station for it to be considered "good" because LoveFood says one of the Best Gas Station Restaurants in America makes tacos.

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Big Star has two Chicago locations, each serving freshly-made tacos with inventive toppings like wood-grilled chicken, house-made chorizo, pork shoulder, and grilled pineapple. But it's the Wicker Park location that’s really interesting. The restaurant is housed in a now-defunct 1940s gas station, and has stayed true to those roots with décor that includes whitewashed brick, steel beams across the ceiling and garage doors that create an indoor-outdoor space in summer.

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Big Star is one of the most reviewed restaurants I have seen on Yelp. With over 3,400 different reviews, Big Star sits at 3.6 out of 5.

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That number is a little bit lower than what I'm used to seeing but considering the sheer amount of reviews Big Star has received, I'm not all that surprised.

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Have you tried Big Star? Is it the best gas station restaurant in America?

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