Last time I visited Old Towne Orange it was right after Bruxie had opened their first location, which meant it was high time for a return visit. The Englishman and I decided to head over to Old Towne for a birthday lunch and exploring. After looking at antiques, visiting a Huell Howser Spot and picking up craft beer at Provisions Market, we decided to have lunch at The Filling Station Cafe.
The Filling Station Cafe is a cute restaurant located just outside the Orange Circle. Since it was so nice out, the Englishman and I opted to sit on their patio and enjoy the sunshine. First thing we did as soon as we were seated is order obligatory birthday beers.
The menu at The Filling Station Cafe is pretty basic – breakfast served until 2pm, sandwiches, soups salads and burgers. This is definitely a no-frills place; just your basic cafe food with a nostalgic twist to it. I am all for trying new and innovative cuisine, but I really liked the homey feel of this place. Sometimes you just want a simple sandwich and fries you know?
For lunch I decided to order the Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich with a side salad and sweet potato fries (of course).
The sandwich was piled high with turkey, lettuce, tomato and Gouda cheese (I got the cranberry on the side) and was nice and flavorful. I ended up leaving the bread and eating the sandwich salad-style, and loved it! And then there were the sweet potato fries.
You all know about my love for good sweet potato fries and these were light and crisp, and perfectly salted. I seriously could not get enough. I’ve been to restaurants where the sweet potato fries come out a bit mushy, but these were crispy and on point.
The Englishman ordered the Biltmore Chicken Sandwich which came with grilled chicken, Pepperjack cheese, avocado, onion, tomato and lettuce in a cibatta roll. With a side of regular fries of course.
I tried a couple of bites of the chicken and it was juicy and perfectly cooked. The fries were also delicious but I thought the sweet potato ones were slightly better.
The Filling Station Cafe is a great spot in Orange if you want just classic American fare. There’s nothing fancy or pretentious about this place and I love that. I spent a lot of time eyeing the breakfast menu so I think a return trip is definitely in the cards.