40 Great C-Store Menu Items

By 
Aimee Harvey, Managing Editor, Technomic

Wawa The Gobbler

At first glance, most c-store menus tell a similar story. But a closer look often reveals surprising details: creative cross-utilization; a new ingredient that emphasizes true flavor innovation; or a preparation that underscores quality.

Here we’re highlighting the convenience industry’s 2016 Menu Makers, 40 food and beverage offerings that run the gamut from traditional to unexpected. Take a closer look at these menu megastars.

Maverik's Kung Fu Chicken Wrap

Maverik: Kung Fu Chicken Wrap

Retailer: Maverik
Location: North Salt Lake, Utah
Trend: Hot & Spicy

Known for its spicy menu rollouts, the chain has focused lately on Thai flavor influences with a new Southeast Asian-inspired Kung Fu Chicken Wrap. It features spicy chicken, coleslaw, sesame dressing and a Thai-style peanut sauce.

QuickChek's Ghost Pepper Chicken BLT

QuickChek Ghost Pepper Chicken BLT

Retailer: QuickChek
Location: Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Trend: Hot & Spicy

“We’ve had many creative LTOs over the years,” says Jennifer Vespole, QuickChek’s director of foodservice. “Most recently, we introduced the Ghost Pepper Chicken BLT sandwich.” It combines ghost-pepper chili sauce and Caesar dressing on a Portuguese roll with crispy breaded chicken, fresh mozzarella, shredded Parmesan and bacon. “We loved it and so did our customers.”

Village Pantry's spicy sausage

raw sausage

Retailer: Village Pantry
Location: Richmond, Va.
Trend: Hot & Spicy

Village Pantry, a GPM Investments brand, has a pepper-tinged spicy sausage served off the roller grill and paired with a dollop of spicy chipotle, Sriracha ranch, creamy ranch or spicy deli mustard.

GetGo's Fiery Jack Burger

grilled burger

Retailer: Giant Eagle GetGo
Location: Pittsburgh
Trend: Hot & Spicy

The Fiery Jack Burger from GetGo, which regularly goes for broke with bold LTOs, piles on some serious heat with a burger topped with jalapeno peppers, hot pepper cheese, chipotle mayo, roasted peppers and onions.

Tiger Fuel's Wahoo Nation sandwich

grilled chicken

Retailer: Tiger Fuel Co.
Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Trend: Hot & Spicy

Creative sandwiches abound at The Market at Tiger Fuel Co., with chicken, beef and other proteins being crossutilized in interesting ways. One such example is the Wahoo Nation sandwich, with spicy chipotle chicken, havarti cheese, sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, lettuce and banana peppers on whole-grain ciabatta bread.

Sheetz's Kickin’ Chicken Sausage Sandwich

Sheetz food

Retailer: Sheetz
Location: Altoona, Pa.
Trend: Hot & Spicy

A breakfast daypart tastemaker that’s also healthy, the Kickin’ Chicken Sausage Sandwich spices up a chicken sausage patty and egg whites with hot pepper cheese and habanero peppers.

Coen Oil's JoJo’s hand-cut potato wedges

Coen Oil: JoJo’s hand-cut potato wedges

Retailer: Coen Oil Co.
Location: Washington, Pa.
Trend: Snacks & Handhelds

Coen’s Ruff Creek Market menu is popular among its customer base for its signature item: JoJo’s—hand-cut potato wedges, tossed in a signature, seasoned breading and then fried until crispy.

Circle K's Zesty Italian Big Hot Dog

Circle K Hot Dog

Retailer: Circle K
Location: Laval, Quebec
Trend: Snacks & Handhelds

One of the continent’s largest c-store chains is getting creative with regional and ethnic spins on the classic rollergrill hot dog with Real Chicago, Real Southern Style, Real Cubano and Real Salty hot-dog varieties. Hitting on the spice trend, it also offers a Zesty Italian Big Hot Dog.

Wawa's The Gobbler

Wawa, The Gobbler

Retailer: Wawa
Location: Wawa, Pa.
Trend: Snacks & Handhelds

Wawa is well-known for its wide array of hoagies, but one Thanksgiving-themed hoagie LTO stands out: The Gobbler. “The combination of stuffing, turkey and cranberry sauce on a fresh-baked roll delivers a hoagie experience unlike any other,” says Mendy Meriwether, Wawa’s category manager for fresh foods. “It takes one of our top hoagies, turkey, to another level.”

7-Eleven's Cilantro Lime Flatbread

7-eleven Cilantro Lime Flatbread

Retailer: 7-Eleven
Location: Dallas
Trend: Snacks & Handhelds

Freshness cues abound in the chain’s Fresh to Go line, which includes the Cilantro Lime Flatbread. It layers grilled chicken breast strips, pepper Jack cheese, pico de gallo and cilantro-lime mayo between two slices of flatbread.

RaceTrac's Kolaches

RaceTrac Kolaches

Retailer: RaceTrac
Location: Atlanta
Trend: Snacks & Handhelds

RaceTrac’s kolaches, Czech-style puff pastries, are available in Breakfast Sausage and Jalapeno & Cheese varieties; they’re craveable bites for breakfast or as a peppery snack any time of day.

QuikTrip's Maple Bac’n QuikShake

QuickTrip Maple Bac’n QuikShake

Retailer: QuikTrip
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

Taking inspiration from the maple-bacon trend in play at restaurants, the Maple Bac’n QuikShake mixes maple syrup and bacon bits into the chain’s signature vanilla QuikShake.

Thorntons' Bourbon Ball Donut

Thorntons Bourbon Ball Donut

Retailer: Thorntons
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

The Bourbon Ball Donut is a seasonal sweet that pops up in connection with the Kentucky Derby; it features bourbon-flavored filling and icing with a pecan on top. Other signature doughnuts from Thorntons include the Salted Caramel Donut with caramel icing topped with sea salt.

Family Express' Orange Dreamsicle Doughnut

Family Express Orange Dreamsicle Doughnut

Retailer: Family Express
Location: Valparaiso, Ind.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

Doughnuts are a trademark menu item for Family Express, which makes them in a central bakery. The Orange Dreamsicle Doughnut brings a freezer favorite to the bakery case.

Cumberland Farms' Orange Creme cupcake

cupcake

Retailer: Cumberland Farms
Location: Framingham, Mass.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

Citrus-infused sweets are also at play at Cumberland Farms, which rolled out an Orange Creme cupcake to its selection of mealtime sweets in early 2016.

Enmarket's Caramel & Sea Salt Macchiato

Enmarket The Eatery

Retailer: Enmarket
Location: Savannah, Ga.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

One of the leading flavor trends in the restaurant sphere has been the pairing of sweet and salty profiles. Enmarket recently leveraged this trendy dessert influence for its latest specialty coffee drink, the new Caramel & Sea Salt Macchiato.

Vintners' Coconut Caramel Javafresco

Vintners Distributors coffee station

Retailer: Vintners Distributors
Location: Fremont, Calif.
Trend: Sweets & Treats

In addition to its deli, grab-and-go and hot food assortment, Vintners’ higher-end convenience brand Loop Neighborhood offers a robust coffee program. Its latest rollout takes on the coconut trend with a Coconut Caramel Javafresco drink.

Casey's Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pizza

Casey's General Store Taco Pizza

Retailer: Casey’s General Stores
Location: Ankeny, Iowa
Trend: Unique pizzas

Casey's has a wide range of specialty pies in its signature pizza like, including a taco pizza topped with crumbled nacho chips added after cooking, a mac & cheese pizza, and its decadent spinach artichoke chicken pizza.

Pilot Flying J's Chicken Teriyaki Pizza

Chicken Teriyaki Pizza Pilot Flying J

Retailer: Pilot Flying J
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Trend: Unique pizzas

The travel center chain’s Chicken Teriyaki Pizza is an Asian-inspired specialty pie that showcases chicken breast strips and mozzarella drizzled with teriyaki sauce.

FasTrac's Chicken Spiedie Pizza

making pizza

Retailer: FasTrac
Location: East Syracuse, N.Y.
Trend: Unique pizzas 

A spiedie is a regional sandwich beloved in New York state, made with chunks of marinated chicken, beef, pork or other proteins. New York-area convenience brand FasTrac takes its inspiration from the spiedie for its specialty pie, the Chicken Spiedie Pizza. It’s made with a base of olive oil, vinegar and Italian seasonings, topped with marinated chicken, mozzarella, and grated cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.

Kwik Trip's Chicken Carbonara Pizza

Kwik Trip Spicy Chicken & Chorizo Pizza to Bratwurst Pizza

Retailer: Kwik Trip
Location: La Crosse, Wis.
Trend: Unique pizzas

Kwik Trip’s robust LTO pizza lineup, from Spicy Chicken & Chorizo Pizza to Bratwurst Pizza, has been a winning menu platform for the chain. “The LTO program allows us to experiment with nontraditional pizzas and find out what our guests are looking for,” says Paul Servais, Kwik Trip’s retail foodservice director. “It adds variety to the pizza menu without expanding the menu to the point it becomes unmanageable.” What’s Kwik Trip’s superstar pizza LTO? The Chicken Carbonara Pizza, now a permanent menu item, was Kwik Trip’s most requested LTO.

Nice N Easy's Angry Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl

Nice N easy's Angry Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl

Retailer: Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes
Location: Canastota, N.Y.
Trend: Big & Bold

This foodservice stalwart under the recently acquired CST Brands launched a line of hearty bowl meals, including an Angry Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl. It tops a creamy cheddar macaroni and cheese with hot-sauce-smothered chicken tenders.

Royal Farms' Mega Meat Breakfast Sandwich

Royal Farms Mega Meat Breakfast Sandwich

Retailer: Royal Farms
Location: Baltimore
Trend: Big & Bold

A gargantuan breakfast LTO from this fried-chicken leader, the new Chef-Inspired Mega Meat Breakfast Sandwich piles on sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns, eggs, American cheese and cheese sauce—all on a potato roll.

Kum & Go's Mega line

Kum & Go foodservice

Retailer: Kum & Go
Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
Trend: Big & Bold

The Midwest chain boasts a bigger-is-better sensibility with its own Mega line of sandwiches, including its Mega Angus Charbroil burger, Double Pork Chop sandwich, Mega Rack O’ Ribs sandwich and the Mega Spicy Breaded Chicken sandwich.

Rutter's Rte. 30 Burger

Rutter's Farm Stores Rte. 30 Burger

Retailer: Rutter’s Farm Stores
Location: York, Pa.
Trend: Big & Bold

The Rte. 30 Burger is a towering construction of multiple burgers layered between two grilled cheese sandwiches made with six slices of cheese and six slices of bacon. Ryan Krebs, Rutter’s director of food service, developed the Rte. 30 Burger in late 2015 to “gain conversation” around an “obnoxious, there’s-no-way-you-can-eat-this type of thing.” But what began as a novelty idea has morphed into a truly versatile menu fixture; today, single, double, triple and veggie-patty variations appeal to different customer audiences.

Sprint Foods' Calle Ocho Cuban sandwich

Calle Ocho Cuban sandwich, Sprint Food Stores

Retailer: Sprint Food Stores
Location: Augusta, Ga.
Trend: House Specialties

Sprint’s Metro Market concept offers a plethora of restaurant-quality options, particularly its sandwiches. Mojo-marinated pulled pork does double duty in its Calle Ocho Cuban sandwich, topped with ham, melted Swiss cheese and dill pickles, and in its Mojo Pork panini, complemented with caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, fresh cilantro and lime aioli.

Buc-ee's Pastrami Reuben

Buc-ee’s

Retailer: Buc-ee’s
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
Trend: House Specialties

Known for offering nearly every conceivable packaged snack, Buc-ee’s hot food options, such as its Pastrami Reuben, are also noteworthy. This sandwich layers the big flavors of pastrami, peppered bacon, fried onions, pepper jack cheese and sauerkraut with a honey-jalapeno sauce, all on a pretzel bun.

Stripes' Asado de Puerco Rojo taco

Stripes Stores Asado de Puerco Rojo taco

Retailer: Stripes
Location: Houston
Trend: House Specialties

Its in-store Laredo Taco Company takes the standard beef or chicken taco lineup a step further, highlighting more flavorful and authentic choices such as its Asado de Puerco Rojo taco, with a mix of spices, onions and garlic simmered with chunks of tender pork.

In Town Market's Chicken Penne

penne pasta

Retailer: In Town Market
Location: Atlanta
Trend: House Specialties

In addition to its expected mix of sandwiches and salads, In Town Market is going after the time-starved weekday customer with its line of grab-and-go Dinner Entrees to Go. Nightly rotating meals include Chicken Penne, tossed in a pesto cream sauce.

Tioga Gas Mart's World Famous Fish Tacos

Tioga Gas Mart World Famous Fish Tacos

Retailer: Tioga Gas Mart
Location: Lee Vining, Calif.
Trend: House Specialties

Its Whoa Nellie Deli bills itself as a “casual gourmet” eatery. Listed on its House Specials menu is its World Famous Fish Tacos, a tropical-inspired variety featuring mango salsa and ginger coleslaw.

Taco Urbano's Sopes

Taco Urbano

Retailer: Taco Urbano
Location: Batavia, Ill.
Trend: House Specialties

Taco Urbano specializes in flavor-rich tacos, bowls and burritos made with marinated steak, chicken, pork and chorizo for all three dayparts. For quick bites, its Sopes feature corn masa boats topped with beans, cheese and a choice of meats. 

Chef Point's Chicken & Waffle

Chef Point Chicken & Waffle

Retailer: Chef Point
Location: Watauga, Texas
Trend: House Specialties

Located inside a Conoco gas station, Chef Point’s Everyday Comfort Food lineup capitalizes on a super-trendy movement with Chicken & Waffle: seasoned and marinated chicken, deep-fried and served atop a homemade waffle with hot syrup and fresh berries.

Spinx's Legendary Chicken Biscuit

Spinx Legendary Chicken Biscuit

Retailer: Spinx
Location: Greenville, S.C.
Trend: House Specialties

Spinx calls its Legendary Chicken Biscuit “our best-kept secret,” a breakfast staple that’s differentiated by the quality of its ingredients. Available in original and spicy varieties, the signature morning offering is a simple build of crispy, breaded, all-white-meat chicken served in a flaky buttermilk biscuit.

U-Gas' Sirloin Beef & Cheddar Pretzel Roll

pretzel roll

Retailer: U-Gas
Location: Fenton, Mo.
Trend: House Specialties

Recently joining the Wallis Oil Cos. family, U-Gas Inc.’s Gigi’s Cafe Express brand is “local and guaranteed fresh.” Anchored by a wide variety of sandwiches, its pretzel-roll lineup features offerings such as Sirloin Beef & Cheddar.

Love's Smoked Sausage

Love's Travel Stops sausage and bratwurst

Retailer: Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Location: Oklahoma City
Trend: House Specialties

The roller grill is the highlight at Love’s, where the draw is specialty sausage, including spicy/savory flavors such as Cheddar Smoke, Cheddar & Beer Bratwurst, Jalapeno & Cheese Smoked Sausage and Southern Recipe Breakfast Sausage.

NOCO's Lobster Mac & Cheese

lobster meat

Retailer: NOCO Energy Corp.
Location: Tonawanda, N.Y.
Trend: House Specialties

NOCO Express convenience stores house several foodservice concepts, including Nickel City Foods, a commissary and caterer that offers a gourmet-style spin on macaroni and cheese bowls. Standouts include its Buffalo Mac & Cheese and Lobster Mac & Cheese, with chunks of real lobster, Vermont cheddar cheese sauce and cavatappi pasta.

Cicis' S’mores Dessert Dip

Cicis S’mores Dessert Dip

Restaurant: Cicis 
Location: Multiple locations
Trend: Restaurant Ideas to Steal

Consider dips as a dessert or snack item, not just a side. Cicis added a limited-time S’mores Dessert Dip. The craveable item featured melted marshmallows, chocolate drizzle and cinnamon graham crackers for dipping.

Dog Haus' Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog's spicy Polish kielbasa

Restaurant: Naughty Dog
Location: Bel Air, M.D.
Trend: Restaurant Ideas to Steal

Hot dogs are due for a topping upgrade, just as operators have been doing with hamburgers. Dog Haus’ LTO Naughty Dog features a spicy Polish kielbasa topped with beer-braised onions, crispy onions and horseradish mayonnaise on a grilled Hawaiian roll.

Little Caesars' Loaded Crazy Bread Bites

Little Caesars' Loaded Crazy Bread Bites

Restaurant: Little Caesars
Location: Multiple locations
Trend: Restaurant Ideas to Steal 

Bread can become a portable sweet or savory snack all its own. Little Caesars rolled out Loaded Crazy Bread Bites, bite-sized bread pieces topped with warm cheddar cheese sauce, shredded Muenster and mozzarella, grated Parmesan and bacon pieces. Rival pizza chain Papa John’s debuted Cinnamon Pull-Aparts, a dessert offering featuring sweet-roll bits loaded with cinnamon-sugar, cinnamon crumbles and an icing drizzle.

White Castle's Pretzel Chicken Rings

White Castle's Pretzel Chicken Rings

Restaurant: White Castle
Location: Multiple locations
Trend: Restaurant Ideas to Steal 

Give fried favorites added interest with unexpected coatings. White Castle launched Pretzel Chicken Rings as a variation on the chain’s popular Original Chicken Rings. The new item features O-shaped pieces of white meat chicken with a crunchy pretzel coating and a variety of dipping sauces.