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At the gas station, biscuits, tortillas—and community 

Tookie Gullie was born into the gas business but found his career mixing mayonnaise at the full-service station that his father, Pete, began in Raleigh. There, he perfected an egg-and-relish-studded chicken salad spread that is sold by the sandwich or pint at shops throughout the Triangle, including a Great Stops gas station in North Raleigh and an Exxon in Wendell. To meet Tookie's demand, 120 pounds of fresh chicken begin boiling by 7 a.m. Stock from that process creates a base for chicken and vegetable soup, which is an excellent pair for Tookie's peppery pimento cheese. "It's not fancy," says Gullie's wife, Debra, who helps with the grill. "It's just good."

Image credit: Photo by Kate Medley

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Uploaded: Feb 8, 2012
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