Top of the Menu: Xtreme Cheez

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Turkey, Bacon & Swiss Grilled Sandwich

This made-to-order specialty is served with a generous portion of turkey and bacon under melty swiss.

Why you’ll love it

This fresh, made-to-order specialty sandwich is exactly what the Xtreme Cheez slogan promises: “grilled and delicious.” It is one of several grilled-to-order specialty sandwiches offered at Xtreme Cheez, from the Pulled Pork and Cheddar, to the Italian, to the ever-changing Specialty Sandwich of the Week.

This culinary creativity is compliments of Fran Stevens, a nine-year Chevron employee and longtime Liberty Lake resident. Every weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Liberty Lake Chevron employee moves from behind the register to behind the grill. She feels at home either place.

“The people here are like family,” she said. “I’ve known many of these people for years. Some of them come in showing me their kids’ and grandkids’ pictures, and they even bring their kids and families in. It’s not what you would expect from a gas station.”

Xtreme Cheez is also lovingly known as “Frannie’s Kitchen,” named after the woman who runs it. Fran makes all the sandwiches fresh, usually while visiting with the customer. She uses real butter, hearty meats, real cheese and fresh, store-bought ingredients she hand-selected. Each sandwich is accompanied by a baggie of miniature homemade cookies that Fran bakes fresh each weekend with love.

Touches like the homemade cookies often catch newcomers by surprise, as Liberty Lake Chevron has developed a reputation of having much more to offer than what meets the eye. It’s not just the clean and hearty environment, full of family and fun, but surprising touches like a stunning selection of craft beer. Most are sold individually to allow customers to try them out without committing to a 6-pack. In fact, one of Chevron’s most popular deals is the mix-and-match 6-pack, allowing customers to customize their own at a 10 percent discount.

It’s all part of the team’s commitment to caring about each individual who walks in. Fran says it’s like what one of her regular customers, Mark, likes to say: “It’s like walking into ‘Cheers,’ where everyone knows your name.”

NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2019 Liberty Lake Yearbook.

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