This isn’t your average gas station. Leslieville Pumps (@LPumps) is a gas station, convenience store and a BBQ joint all rolled into one. After brothers Greg and Jud Flom purchased the Leslieville gas station, they renovated the space and began smoking their own meat.
Given that it’s located inside the convenience store of a gas station, there isn’t much in terms of atmosphere…but the food is fantastic and the prices won’t break the bank. It seemed like most customers grabbed sandwiches to-go which isn’t a surprise since there are only a few tables available.
Although Chris and I dropped by for lunch, Leslieville Pumps has a selection of mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches available in the AM. The kitchen is open from 6am to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 8pm on weekends. But if you’re here for gas, they’re open 24 hours.
Leslieville Pumps serves four sandwiches: brisket, pulled pork, chicken and a vegetarian option. The first sandwich we decided on was the Southern Style Beef Brisket Sandwich – homemade BBQ sauce, crispy sweet onions and grainy mustard ($7.74). Unlike most brisket sandwiches I’ve had which contain slices of shaved meat, the sandwich here contained chunks. The brisket had a really nice smoky flavour to it and tasted incredible with the homemade BBQ sauce and grainy mustard. The onions, which unfortunately weren’t as crispy as I had hoped, added a nice bit of sweetness to it all. Overall, a killer brisket sandwich!
The other sandwich we decided on was the Hickory Smoked Chicken Thighs Sandwich – with grilled tomatoes, arugula and sweet-chili aioli ($7.74). Similar to the brisket, the chicken had an incredible smoky flavour to it. While I enjoyed the sandwich, I found it to be a touch on the dry side. I would have preferred more of the sweet-chili aioli on it.
To go along with our sandwiches, we also ordered the Corn Fritters ($3.99). I never would have ordered these if I hadn’t heard such great things about them. One order consisted of five ridiculously delicious and addictive corn fritters. They were light and fluffy (unlike cornbread, which was what I was expecting) and came with a side of tasty creole dipping sauce. We both loved ‘em – highly recommended!
As if that wasn’t enough food, we also got a side of Fried Pickles ($3.99). Chris and I are both huge fan of pickles (in any form), so ordering these were a no brainer. The order came with 4 perfectly fried pickles which were some of the best I’ve had in a while. I just wish it came with a side of dipping sauce too. We ended up dipping them in the creole sauce that came with the fritters. It did the trick!
While eating, Jud Flom came out to greet us. I could tell how passionate he was about his place and the great BBQ they’re serving up here. He also gave us a complimentary Cornbread Muffin ($1.85) to take home. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of cornbread so I can’t really tell you how this one fared. All I can say is that this one didn’t change my mind about cornbread.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by what this gas station/convenience store had to offer. The barbequed meat sandwiches were delicious as were the deep-fried sides. I’ll definitely be back!
At a glance:
• A Leslieville BBQ joint located inside a gas station’s convenience store
• Don’t leave without ordering the corn fritters
• Limited seating
• Kitchen hours: 6am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays; 8am to 8pm on weekends
• The gas station is open 24 hours
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4.5 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 1 star