Vancleave, Miss.—A Biloxi Sun Herald reporter found a hidden gem on Highway 57 in Vancleave, Mississippi—a store that expert Al Hebert, NACS Magazine’s writer for “Gas Station Gourmet” for over a decade, should put on his list!
“[I]t is hard to miss The Honey Hole. In many ways it’s a typical convenience store with gas pumps, lots of beer and snacks inside, but when I saw the sign that said, ‘BIG FAT JUICY CHEESEBURGERS,’ you know I had to stop,” reported Julian Brunt.
He shared that customers who walk into the family-run business store will be welcomed “with a big smile and sincere small-town hospitality.” Customers are mostly local families, and the ice cream during the summer months is a main attraction.
Brunt asked Honey Hole co-owner Lauri Claxton what the best sellers are: burgers, particularly the bacon double cheeseburger. The menu is largely served buffet-style, featuring barbecue, fried chicken, red beans and ribs, and sandwiches are made to order.
As for the cheeseburger, it did not disappoint. “Well, you know I could not resist the bacon double cheeseburger …This burger alone makes this place worth the drive from anywhere on the Mississippi Coast,” Brunt wrote.
He also gave a nod to Honey Hole’s breakfast menu, featuring Southern classics at an affordable price point—the most expensive breakfast item is $4.99.
“I just cannot say too much about The Honey Hole. It is profoundly friendly, clean and well-kept, and the food is delicious,” said Brunt, adding, “This place is about as Southern as can be ... Wherever you are in the coastal counties, gather the kids and neighbors, and find your way to The Honey Hole.”
These types of industry stories that feature smaller operators doing big things with food can be found each month in NACS Magazine’s “Gas Station Gourmet” column, written by Al Hebert. For nearly a decade Hebert has been showcasing America’s culinary treasure: gas station cuisine.
Hebert’s latest hidden gem is Old Snowmass Market, a gathering spot for authentic Mexican and European food and community just outside of Aspen in Snowmass, Colorado.