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Preston Avenue Shell

601 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA - (434) 296-2004
In the unlikely location of a gas station deli, some of the most delicious fried chicken in Virginia is cooked and served at rock-bottom prices.
100% Approval Rating (1 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Chicken Thigh
Stewed Apples
Collard Greens
Macaroni 'n' Cheese

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Driving past the Preston Avenue Shell gas station in Charlottesville, you would never dream that there is anything special to eat inside. It looks like, and to a large degree is, a typical convenience store mini mart where shelves are crowded with beef jerkies, energy ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

601 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA
(434) 296-2004

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The breasts and legs are very juicy, but there is nothing to compare with the utmost succulence of a well-fried chicken thigh.
"The breasts and legs are very juicy, but there is nothing to compare with the utmost succulence of a well-fried chicken thigh."
Michael Stern





Luxuriously porky collard greens
"Luxuriously porky collard greens"
Michael Stern


The sweet flavor of stewed apples is a fine complement for highly spiced chicken.
"The sweet flavor of stewed apples is a fine complement for highly spiced chicken."
Michael Stern


Quaint, it ain't; but if, like me, you find good fried chicken a siren song, you will want to fill up at this Shell station.
"Quaint, it ain't; but if, like me, you find good fried chicken a siren song, you will want to fill up at this Shell station."
Michael Stern


This is how you receive dinner -- in a disposable container with the price marked on top. $3.99 was for the thigh with two vegetables. The $1.79 was for a side order of collard greens. The roll is of no account whatever.
"This is how you receive dinner -- in a disposable container with the price marked on top. $3.99 was for the thigh with two vegetables. The $1.79 was for a side order of collard greens. The roll is of no account whatever."
Michael Stern


Who would think that this modest order counter at the back of a gas station deli would serve great fried chicken?
"Who would think that this modest order counter at the back of a gas station deli would serve great fried chicken?"
Michael Stern


A little bit chewy, a little bit creamy, mac 'n' cheese goes well with just about anything.
"A little bit chewy, a little bit creamy, mac 'n' cheese goes well with just about anything."
Michael Stern


Do not expect a maitre d' when you dine at Preston Avenue Shell. Do not expect a waitstaff, either. Carry your own food to one of these tables, and please toss the trash when you are done.
"Do not expect a maitre d' when you dine at Preston Avenue Shell. Do not expect a waitstaff, either. Carry your own food to one of these tables, and please toss the trash when you are done."
Michael Stern



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