By Kristi Reed
A gas station may not be the first place that pops into your mind when you are trying to decide where to grab a bite to eat, but the folks at QuikTrip are hoping to change that.
While you can still grab pastries, refrigerated sandwiches or hot sausages at the store, now you can also get personal pizzas, flatbreads, kolaches, toasted sandwiches, milkshakes, specialty coffees, real fruit smoothies and soft pretzels.
QT Kitchens customers place their orders at a computer kiosk. The touch-screen menu walks users through the various customization options.
Once the order is ready, the customer takes the printed receipt to the register to complete the purchase.
According to Thornbrough, all of the menu offerings have performed well, but the pretzels in particular have been a "huge success." The soft pretzels come in three varieties: classic, parmesan and cinnamon sugar. Each pretzel is served with a dipping sauce. Hot melted cheese, marinara sauce and melted icing (for the cinnamon sugar pretzels) are available.
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