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About Fran's Filling Station
Welcome to Fran's Filling Station. I opened this restaurant to fill a void: inexpensive, eclectic dishes designed to satisfy both grazers and hearty eaters in a fun, welcoming and casual environment. My mission is to prepare fresh and carefully crafted food and to serve it in a manner that nurtures the spirit as well as the body, capturing the essential meaning of hospitality. Happy Eating! -Fran Scibelli
Charlotte, NC 28203
Bistro, Fusion / Eclectic, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 11:00p
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Ample free lot parking.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Our brand new Private Dining Room is completely private and holds up to 30 guests for a seated event and more for a buffet or cocktail event. We have audio visual capability either for a business event or for a bridal, baby or other personal event, to show a memorable video.
Fran's Filling Station Ratings and Reviews
Second time here with a casual yet refined ambience and a variety of food options and amazing specials there really is something here for everyone. The artichoke dip was delicious and had the best taste of lemon in it which really brightened it up and made it special. The pasta Al Forno is comforting and warm. The special of the evening red snapper with sweet potato and kale risotto was superb. Everyone else in the restaurant who ordered it too also cleaned their plates! Can’t wait to come back. (Look online for their week night deals which can’t be beat)
We had a fantastic dinner at Fran's! This restaurant is a gem- not sure why I haven't tried before. We shared the Fried Green Tomatoes for appetizer and they were out of this world- the fry was light letting the tomato shine through and the goat cheese, tomato and pepper jelly topping was sublime. For dinner, we had the crab cakes- delicious. The chocolate cake was the perfect ending to a perfect meal!
When we saw the size of the restaurant, we were concerned that it wouldn't be conducive to conversation, but we were wrong. It was not noisy at all and we had no problem chatting over dinner. All three of us really enjoyed our dinner. We decided we'll have to go back a number of times to order everything on the menu that we wanted.
Very good, as always. Menu nicely accommodates those wanting a full multi-course dinner as well as those just wanting something lighter.
Crispy ribs and lightly fried okra starters - both specials - were winners.
A couple of guests at our table commented that entrees seemed overly salty, though they loved what they ordered.
My husband and I tried this restaurant during charlotte restaurant week. I was a little concerned when we arrived and saw it was in a nondescript strip mall but had heard the menu was good. We were very pleasantly surprised and pleased with our meal- the portions were generous and the food was excellent. We LoVE mussels and these may have been the best we have had in the city! We also had a flatbread, delicious steak and snapper. Food was all very well prepared and seasoned and we enjoyed the staff and cocktails. We will definitely be back!
My wife and I enjoy going to new restaurants during Queens week and Fran's Filling Station was high on our list to visit and did not disappoint. We had an outstanding meal with excellent service highlighted by the mussels appetizer, the chicken paillard, and our two desserts- the lemon cloud and the fruit cobbler. The craft cocktails were both delicious and refreshing. We will definitely be back looking forward to trying some other things on the menu - great meal!
My girlfriend and I had a great meal at Fran's last week. Both of our entrees were superb - my meatballs and her snapper. The salads were also very good - the dressings were delicious, clearly not out of a bottle. Our waiter was very helpful in consulting with the chef on food ingredients (food allergy concerns). All in all, an excellent experience.
My wife & I had been wanting to visit Fran's for some time because we had heard such good things about the place. It did not disappoint. We and our friends ordered the Corn Bread Waffles with Pimento Cheese, Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots, Flat Bread Pizza, Crab Cakes, Red Snapper and the Lamb Burger. Everything was prepared well and eaten with gusto. Wonderful food & cocktails shared with good friends... a wonderful evening.
The food was excellent!! The first course was a dish flavourful pesto citrus mussels, followed by a crab cake with kale slaw, then topped off by bread pudding for dessert. It was the most outstanding meal that I have had in Charlotte in the 31 years that I have lived here. Although the ambience, noise level, and service, did not meet the same spectacular level as the food quality, the food was more than enough to make up for anything that was lacking.
Our party of six went for Restaurant Week and to celebrate a birthday which I had noted on the reservation. No one acknowledged it. There is little ambience and the room was too warm. When we mentioned it to the server he just said that they were having a problem with the AC.
The food was good- not outstanding. My dessert - seasonal cobbler- was like soup & not very appetizing. Some of the other desserts were better. My entrée was good and some of the other entrees were better.
I might try it at another time.
I have been here on a number of occasions and enjoyed it. As a matter of fact I suggested it for kunch. Perhaps I didn't read the menu well enough but I saw muffuletta and thought that sounded great. Problem is, it was nothing like a muffaletta. Even with creative liberties, it was nothing like a mufffaletta. There was no meat and there were red peppers and corn, neither of which are in a traditional muffaletta. Additionally, it was not on muffuletta bread but rather was in a tortilla. Very disappointing. To add insult to injury, the server never returned to ask how are meals were until we were done. She did ask if I wanted a box, but I said no. Having left over half of the sandwich I would' have expected she would've asked if I didn't like it , but she didn't. My companion enjoyed her food but agreed the service was lacking. Very disappointing.
We've had good meals at Fran's and great meals but we've never been disappointed. Our dinner most recently was great. We ordered the meatloaf special and the fried chicken sandwich. The meatloaf was the best I have ever had. The sandwich, a favorite go to, was delicious as well.
Their use of fresh ingredients was highlighted in their preparation. We started with the appetizer special of heirloom tomatoes, avocados, and shoepeg corn. The tomatoes were the perfect temperature, ripeness, and seasoned with just the right amount of salt. We finished with the lemon cake. This had fresh whipped creme, fresh sliced strawberries, and juicy blackberries on top of a light, spongy, lemony cake that was the perfect size for two. We will definitely visit again!
Fran's never disappoints! We love the new summer menu!! After starting with the Waffled Cornbread appetizer (which was delish), we continued with entrees of Crab Cakes & Napa Slaw and Grilled Skirt Steak w/corn & tomato relish and pommes frites. The Crab Cakes were filled with fresh crab, not bread crumbs, lightly seasoned and perfectly sautéed. The skirt steak was grilled to exactly medium rare, complimented by the freshness of the corn & tomato relish. Our dinner was completed by the strawberry cake, which is really a scrumptious vanilla cake with strawberry frosting and topped with in-season berries. The cake was light & moist, the frosting creamy and full of fresh-picked berry goodness. The service was impeccable - knowledgeable without pretense. This is what keeps us coming back to Fran's: creative menu choices with carefully selected & prepared ingredients, served in a warm and friendly atmosphere!
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