Smack dab in the middle of Charlotte Restaurant Week, I dined with my Dinner Group girls for the first time at Fran’s Filling Station. It was delicious and cozy and the service was fantastic. It takes a special kind of server to keep up the frenetic style of a group of gals who have been meeting monthly for supper for the past ten years. We are an excitable, chatty, easily distracted by something shiny bunch, and I’m always impressed when waitstaff keeps up with us.

Even fried, I'm not a pickle fan. But if I were, I would have loved these.

Fran’s take on upscale, yet affordable, comfort food with thoughtful and creative ingredients is what Charlotte needed. ¬†Fran will be sharing her love with the uptown crowd when a smaller outpost of the restaurant opens soon in the 7th Street Public Market.

Bacon wrapped tater tots. On a stick. Don't mind if I do.

For a mid-priced restaurant, I was impressed with the value of the Restaurant Week menu, which includes a glass of house wine or craft beer in the $30 prixe fixe menu.

Fran's Lamb Ragu. Had the leftovers for lunch, and it was even better the next day.

Seriously, that Lamb Ragu is crazy good. Goat cheese galore! Bacon wrapped sweet potato tater tots, too? Shut. The. Front. Door.

Big old slices of goat cheese. That's right.

Normally I don’t get dessert. I’m usually too full, and don’t see the point of the added expense. But during Restaurant Week, why not?

Coconut Cream Cake. The alliteration makes it yummy.

Fran's Apple Crisp with Maple Gelato

Fran, will you be my best friend? You are my new favorite.

Fran’s Filling Station

2410 Park Road

Charlotte, NC





12 Comments on "Fran’s Filling Station: Charlotte, NC"

  1. Andrea January 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm · Reply

    OK..this looks super yum! I haven’t heard of this place and I must try it! Is it a kid friendly place or is this better for a night without the kids? Well, actually I think almost every restaurant is better without kids but you know that only happens so often. :)

    • Tricia January 27, 2012 at 9:07 am · Reply

      Dre, you could definitely take the kids. If you must. :)

  2. Julie January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am · Reply

    Excellent dining experience ! I loved our big table tucked away just enough for us not to be inhibited about our candid talk. The shrimp and grits and pan fried chicken was wonderful. For me, the dessert was the hit of the night . . . . of course second to the company.

    • Julie January 27, 2012 at 11:25 am · Reply

      Oops, I meant to type WERE wonderful. I really do have a college degree :).

    • Tricia January 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm · Reply

      It was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing you next month, Julie!

      P.S. Thanks for commenting! xoxo

  3. Leslie January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm · Reply

    You make me want to eat. More than I already do.

    • Tricia January 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm · Reply

      I know. It is a pitfall of the job. All I think about is food and wine. More than I already did.

  4. Karen March 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm · Reply

    Okay, heading there on Wednesday. Do you recommend the lamb ragu, shrimp & grits, or something else? And duh, I’m going to make Marc order the mac & cheese regardless of any pasta/grain dish I order, because that’s just what you do and how you do it. Preach it, sista.

    • Tricia March 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm · Reply

      That lamb ragu was dang good. One of my companions got the shrimp and grits and loved it. I’m pretty sure everything there is on the awesome side.

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