Though bears fast for months during hibernation, those who snooze in caves under restaurants often can't resist the maple-syrup aroma that seeps into their dreams. Gobble down bear-size eats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare before 4 p.m. or $35 worth of American fare after 4 p.m. at The Filling Station Cafe in Old Towne Orange.
The Filling Station Cafe refuels empty bellies with classic American eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A pancake breakfast ($8.75) awakens the senses of early-morning patrons tucked into red padded booths, and lunchers sate poultry cravings with the roast-turkey sandwich ($9.50). Archeologists have long sought to prove the existence of the Filling Station Special burger, a patty topped with bacon, avocado, cheddar, and swiss cheese ($9.50) and believed to be the elusive missing link between lunch and dinner. After 4 p.m., revel in the tenderness of a sirloin steak ($15.99) and other dinner entrees beneath vintage photos on the dining-room walls, or head to the outdoor patio to test whether eating wings from the house-recipe Filling Station fried chicken ($12.99) bequeaths diners powers of flight.
The chefs at Filling Station have found success in a simple formula: comfort food plus a comfortable café in which to enjoy it. Guests bite into huge burgers or belgian waffles on the flower-lined patio and toast with beers beside the warm fireplace. This is a slice of what Filling Station's owners call "the good ol' days," and it's easy to get swept up in the atmosphere of nostalgia. A dog-friendly policy makes every meal a true family affair, especially since you can bring that cousin who doesn't go anywhere without his leash.
201 N Glassell St.
Orange, California 92866Get Directions