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5 More Regional Chains That We Wish Were National Slideshow

5 More Regional Chains That We Wish Were National Slideshow

You wrote in, and we responded with some of your favorite hometown spots

5. B Spot Burgers: Ohio

B Spot Burgers is an Ohio burger chain by chef Michael Symon, an Iron Chef on Food Network. He has four restaurants, all of which have won numerous awards, and B Spot Burgers serves burgers that are made of custom-blended beef just for the restaurant. The menu is extensive and features everything from simple burgers like the "Plain Jane" to gourmet creations like the "French Onion," a burger with bacon, Gruyère horseradish fondue, caramelized onions, "Sha Sha sauce," and crispy onions.

4. Squeeze Inn: California

The original Squeeze Inn burger joint was given its name for obvious reasons — patrons literally had to squeeze to fit into the tiny restaurant. The location was originally in the entrance of a Waffle House, where coats and hats were hung, but since then the chain has expanded to many California locations. Their famous Squeezeburger with Cheese is a burger that is grilled, topped with cheese and a bun, and then cooked under a hood with ice chips.

3. Pal’s Sudden Service: Tennessee and Virginia

Affectionately called Pal’s by fans, this chain prides itself on customer satisfaction and retention. The menu features standard fast-food favorites, like burgers, hot dogs, and fries. Their namesake burger, the Big Pal, is a 1/3-pound burger on a large bun with mayonnaise, onion, lettuce, and tomato. Their most popular item is actually a beverage, the Pal’s Tea, a quart-sized cup of sweet tea served open to close.

2. Cook-Out: North Carolina

This privately owned chain based in North Carolina has now spread to the neighboring states of Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina with more than 100 locations. The restaurant specialty is grilled hamburgers and hot dogs "cook-out style," as well as their premium milkshakes with flavors like Banana Pudding and Chocolate Cherry. The menu also includes some Carolina-style barbecue. Most of the locations have a drive-thru as well as outdoor seating.

1. The Varsity: Atlanta

The original Varsity was opened in 1928, and since then the fast-food chain has grown to be one of the most beloved and iconic restaurants in Atlanta. The original location in downtown Atlanta is the world’s largest drive-in — on its two acres, it can accommodate 600 cars and more than 800 people! Their menu is filled with fan favorites, like chili cheese dogs, burgers (some of the best around, too), the Frosted Orange shake, and fried pies, and the company boasts of using the freshest ingredients.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.


Why People Are So Obsessed With Wawa

April 17, 2014— -- Not too many convenience stores are popular enough to have their own fan clubs, but Wawa is.

Most people from Philadelphia, where Wawa originated, will argue that it’s more than a place to buy a pack of gum or get gas -- Wawa is a one-stop shop for made-to-order meals, gourmet coffee and clean bathrooms.

Why are people so fanatical about what appears, to the rest of the country, to be a glorified service station?

“We take a lot of pride in it because it’s ours,” Chris, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia and self-described "Wawa defender" told ABCNews.com.

"I see things at Wawa I don’t see at other places,” he added. "Everyone will hold the door for you. You’ll have random conversations with people. We’ll be waiting for our sandwiches, and we start talking about baseball or football. It’s almost like I’ve known them my entire life! In a lot of ways, it’s a meeting place.”

Fans brag that the brand is family-owned and began as a dairy business in Wawa, Pennsylvania. Wawa’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes with countless comments from customers begging it to expand beyond current locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and central Florida.

Today Wawa is offering free coffee at all of its 645 locations in honor of its 50th birthday. One customer promised he would stop by on the way to his wedding. Dozens posted grateful thank you notes.

Even Mitt Romney has chowed down on a hoagie from Wawa.

Chris, who asked that his last name not be published, blogged about his city’s obsession with Wawa in 2011 and once created a Myspace page for Wawa fans.

“Within two days, we had over 3,000 friends and people sharing stories or favorite items and recipes,” he said.

Here’s what he and others love most about Wawa:

The floors are sparkling, the bathrooms are tidy and stocked with toilet paper and soap. Yelp reviewers rave about the squeaky clean bathrooms – a pleasant surprise after a road trip of grimy rest stop toilets.

And if you’re ordering food, doesn’t it make you feel better when the place is clean?

Made-to-Order Sandwiches

Do you want double meat and extra cheese on that breakfast sandwich? No one has to know if you’re using Wawa’s touch-screen computers, where you can discreetly enter your order – whatever you want.

There are even healthy toppings like spinach, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Let’s be clear: That’s fresh spinach … at a gas station.

Wawa should probably steal the “Have it your way” slogan from Burger King.

Coffee Options Galore

Craving a vanilla chai tea latte? Skip Starbucks and head to Wawa. This isn’t your average gas station coffee. Most Wawas have an impressive row of coffee dispensers in several flavors.