Restaurant: Filling Station Cafe
Price: $8 – $10
Address: 201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Parking: parking in the circle is pretty unreliable
Biggest pro: cheap options (better for lunch/dinner) good outdoor seating
Biggest con: terrible, terrible potatoes
I’ve been to the Filling Station multiple times – it’s the perfect lunch option for when parents are visiting and want a nice cheap lunch walking distance from school. And most times, it’s pretty good, but this brunch was a definite disappointment.
There is seating inside and outside on the patio, but you definitely want to snag a table outside if you can. Colorful umbrellas keep you cool during the day and heated lamps at night will keep you nice and toasty. The atmosphere is perfect for a sunny day in Orange.
What I ordered: $9.75 Tomato, Spinach and Feta Omelette
The first thing I noticed about this omelette is that all the ingredients were folded inside of the eggs, rather than being incorporated throughout. Not my favorite method, but it was not the death sentence. (The real death sentence were the potatoes, but I’ll get to that in a second). Then, onto the ingredients – the feta cheese was fine, I thought it was a bit excessive on the cheese, and then the tomatoes I thought only added a mushy texture and not much flavor. Omelet had all the right intentions, but the wrong execution.
Now, for my long paragraph about the potatoes. When there’s an option between potatoes and hash browns, I usually ask for the waiter’s preference and go with that. So, I took the potato recommendation. Boy was I sad when I tried them. Dry, flavorless and hard. Yikes. It seemed like these potatoes were made yesterday. One of the cooks probably forgot to throw them away, and so they thought they were saving the planet by saving these sad, dry potatoes. I immediately asked our waiter to switch them out for hash browns.
Also, a quick word about the toast, or I guess I should say bread. My sourdough toast was really more like underdone flimsy white bread.
The Filling Station Cafe has so much potential, but sadly falls flat. I’ll be heading somewhere else the next time I’m out to breakfast.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya on the brunch side!
If you visit The Filling Station Cafe, let me know what you thought! Also I’m always searching for the best brunch, so comment any suggestions!