Thursday, May 19, 2011

Peter's Gourmade Grill

With nothing more than a small table for two and five counter seats, this "hole-in-the-wall" joint leaves quite an imprint on my taste buds and memory.  Peter's Gourmade Grill is located in a gas station - it actually shares store space with the Valero gas station convenience store.  This short-order grill has quite a varied menu, including burgers and chicken sandwiches, burritos, and sweet potato fries.  We opted for the ABC burger, grilled chipotle chicken sandwich, and greek fries.  The ABC burger (pictured above) comes with fresh-cut avocado, thick-cut bacon grilled to crisp perfection and hearty melted cheddar cheese.  The burger condiments of ketchup, mayo, mustard, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and sliced pickles blend together for a well-balanced taste.  Though the burger patty could have been juicier, the bacon, avocado and pickles really make this burger stand out.
The chipotle chicken sandwich has two grilled chicken breasts, melted cheese, shredded lettuce and spicy chipotle sauce.  The chicken was very juicy and half the sandwich (plus fries) was enough to be filling.
The greek fries come in a surprisingly large portion, more than enough to split as a side between two people.  The fries are topped with a generous helping of feta cheese, gyro meat, and chopped onions and tomatoes.  Served with tzatziki sauce, this is a full meal in of itself.

Despite its obscure location, there was a steady stream of first-time and returning customers during our evening meal at the counter.  Most people took their orders to-go and some even ordered ahead to avoid lines and waiting.  Do expect a wait since the kitchen area is small and all the food is cooked when ordered.  This was definitely the best gas station meal I've had and somewhere I'd go back to again.

UPDATE: They moved!  Find their new location here.

Peter's Gourmade Grill
16851 McFadden Ave
Tustin, CA 92780


  1. oohh yum. this place has been on my "to-try" list for a while.

  2. Wow! Another reason I need to move to the west coast...

  3. ohhhhhhhh, ohhhhhhhhhhhhh... ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
    feeling hungry... looks great!!