Using an old gas station located on the fringe of King William, the cleverly named Filling Station serves a variety of hot and cold sandwiches and pizza. The inside of the restaurant is extremely small (imagine taking an old Texaco gas station that has a kitchen installed in it with a front counter; you aren’t going to fit too many tables in it!), but there is plenty of seating outside.
As I was standing in line, I noticed how many people were dropping in and picking up to-go orders that were already wrapped up. I liked how the owner knew most of them by name; I enjoy going to eat at places where the staff and owners really know their customer base.
I ended up ordering the pulled pork sandwich, and reflecting back, this was not something that I should have done. You see, I had lived in Memphis for a summer and was spoiled by the pork BBQ, in particular ribs and pulled pork. I haven’t really had a pulled pork sandwich (other than Willie’s Ice House) since leaving Memphis in 2004, and after seeing it on the menu I just had to have it.
The sandwich was good, but it definitely wasn’t as good as I was expecting. Then again, nothing outside of Shelby county in Tennessee could live up to what I was looking for (a large reason was the fact that they didn’t put coleslaw on top of the pulled pork)!
So you can see that I set this restaurant up to fail; it would be on par of going to a random restaurant in Memphis and ordering fajitas at some place where Mexican food was not the primary focus. For this reason, I am not going to provide a rating, but will say that if you are strolling along King William, you should give them a chance.
Value: 7.5/10 (about $5 for a sandwich)
Atmosphere: 8/10 (the inside is really small, but if it is a nice day you can sit outside)
Service: 9/10 (the folks are pretty friendly and know a lot of the customers that stop by)
Taste: ?/10 (will have to go back and try something else)