Johnny's Fill Station - Review
Went last night for my first time. I had always heard great things about the restaurant, and was not disappointed. The burgers were great, the atmosphere fantastic and the bill very small.
Import beers will run you under $4 and the burgers themselves are anywhere between ~$6-$8 depending on size (1/4lb vs. 1./2 lb) and toppings. I ordered mine medium and it came out a little overdone. All condiments came on the side and no pickles...so make sure you ask. The bun was slightly toasty and delicious. Also tried the pulled pork sandwich which I was unimpressive. I love a Carolina style BBQ dish as much as the next guy...but the vinegar came on too strong and lingered well after the first and last bites. The tater tots were a huge surprise. Never see them on a menu so we tried them. Perfect. Crunchy, a touch of salt and piping hot. Yum. Also had the steak and regular fries which were standard for steak fries.
The atmosphere was great. Jukebox, pool tables, flat screens everywhere, and a fun crowd. From college kids to parents with their young kids – everyone was thoroughly enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and great food. There's also an outdoor area with live music. While it was a beautiful evening out and we had every intention of sitting outside, the infectious energy of the kitschy interior and friendly wait staff was too strong. After a burger, a few beers, great music and a fun crowd...we decided that outside could wait until our next visit.
An Orlando resident turned me on to this place when I was telling him how much I was looking forward to going to an outpost burger place from my hometown up north, which had opened a branch in Winter Park. Unfortunately, it had closed down two years earlier and, so, as a second choice, I went to Johnny's Filling Station. It is one of the best hamburgers I have ever had.
The buns are toasty, the burgers are juicy, and the fries good. I"ve been back several times and my only criticism is that occasionally they undercook the rather thick burger, when I have asked for medium. However, this occasional error is easily fixed and the food is wonderful.