Deb’s Filling Station Cafe
Dish Score: 71
Overall Score: 71
- Presentation & Creativity: 10/20
- Portion Size & Nutritional Value: 7/10
- Ingredient Compatibility: 9/10
- Flavor, Taste, Texture, & Doneness: 30/40
- Service: 7/10
- Restaurant Appearance: 4/5
- Cost vs. Value: 4/5
Deb’s Filling Station Cafe is a blast from the past. Everything about the restaurant screams classic American diner from the curtains to the black and white checkered tile floor to the jukebox. The kitchen is open with a bar in front of it and there’s even a model of a diner displayed underneath the cash register.
I decided to sit at the bar where I was greeting by the two waitresses, one wearing a shirt that said “Louisville” and the other a matching shirt saying “Kentucky.” I thought it was cute. I looked over the menu, but decided I’d opt out of decision making and asked “Louisville” what the best dish was. She recommended the Philly Cheesesteak, which I hadn’t even seen on the menu, as “the best thing here.” I went for it.
I watched over the bar as the cook began to make my meal. Everything was pre-proportioned for quick service and within a few short moments, I had my Philly. The meat was cooked well and had a good flavor, but was slightly dry and some of the smaller pieces were a bit crispy. Some of the vegetables were a little blackened as well. The fries were obviously store-bought and needed seasoning. I was a bit messy while eating, and unfortunately it was a tad late to notice there were no napkins at the bar.
Overall, my visit to Deb’s was a pretty good experience. The dish was not groundbreaking by any means, but it was good comfort food. As I was leaving, I made sure to ask what the second best thing was. The Patty Melt and I have a date in the future.