AJ’s Fuel and Market Chevron Station in Soquel

Santa Cruz area locals know this place is a lot more than a fill up and a car wash so I wanted to share with you also about this unique Chevron Station located in Soquel.  Yes they have gas, propane, water, car wash, vacuum for your auto needs but for me that is the convenience when I need some local shopping or snacking fast.

You can choose Hallah meats and chicken from their case.  If you go at lunch time you may need to wait in line as the locals know this is one of the best places for a burger, wrap, Gyro salad or chicken wrap to eat in the store or on the patio or take to go.

This is a family owned business that makes me feel at home, as they remember you, smile and make you feel as a part of their extended family.  I end up spending $55.00 on gas and leaving with marinated chicken and organic locally grown vegetables fresh  from the garden, and if I want to stroll down the spice isle, come home with some middle eastern spices, curry, and unique flavors.

Need something special?  I wanted to get a nice Brisket for family dinner and they ordered for me one special, trimmed it up, and it came out amazing (with my mother’s recipe which I can share another time).

Local fresh fish hits the cooler and after a game of racquetball at Cabrillo Fitness sometimes I will get the lamb salad or ask them for grill some scallops up and put it on the Greek salad for me, I will bring home a nice dinner easy to prepare and shopping in the European style of getting fresh every few days and enjoying the shopping experience.

They are humble, kind and smile a lot at this local spot.  Not the selection of Costco, but they know that is not why you are there and they take pride in being what they are, in my mind the best place, bar none, to get gas in Santa Cruz.

Check it out! you will smile too!


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