Johnny’s Fillin’ Station in Orlando Florida
An associate and myself were over by Fern Creek Ave in Orlando the other day taking care of some personal business when it occurred to me that the Burger spot everyone was always bragging about was just up the block. That’s right I’m talking about Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, I suggested it and like always my buddy who is consistantly out to try new food spots agreed. It was almost one o’clock in the afternoon and I had a rumblin in the tumblin so we pulled in.
Johnny’s Fillin’ Station is located at 2631 S. Fern Creek Ave. Orlando.
Parking was a cake walk, even though there were a fair amount of patrons already inside (Always a good sign) it seems Johnny’s has two sides to it. There’s Johnny’s Fillin’ Station and then there’s Johnny’s Other Side.. which is just that, on the other side of the parking lot. Today we went into the more casual laid back Fillin’ Station side. We were greeted at the luncheonette/bar by our hostess Tandy, who was the picture of polite.
Walking in the place is quite comfortable, there are plenty of tables for a traditional sit down, a bar to sit, eat and drink at. As well as few raised bars with ample seating to keep everyone happy. A Jukebox as well as two pool tables and an assortment of video games to keep the kids busy. A very cozy kind of atmosphere that I settled into very quickly.
After browsing the menu a bit we decide to start with some deep fired pickle spears, they were very tasty! They come paired with what is an AMAZING horseradish sauce that had steam coming out of my nose in an oh so good way. The deep fried pickles come as whole spears, which I prefer to pickle chips. As for burgers I decided to go with the standard fare for me at a burger joint, the bacon cheeseburger. My friend went with the Johnny’s Patty melt Burger, judging by the way he ate it and at the speed in which it dissapeard I would say he enjoyed it immensely. My bacon cheeseburger was PERFECT, done to medium-rare.. not just Supposed to be medium rare.. but ACTUALLY Medium-Rare. The bacon was crisp and very tasty. I particularly like the way some places will serve the hot side hot and lettuce, tomato and onion on the top of the bun to the side.. this is a plus as lettuce tends to wilt at the pickup window while waiting to go out. I am happy to say Johnny’s serves them separate, just the way I like it!
During our lunch we discussed Marti Gras, and how we will be forced to miss it this year. So in tribute we ordered a few hurricanes to drink, these were obviously not the normal fare but our hostess Tandy was happy to oblige. She made an excellent cocktail properly using both light and dark rum. And I have to say.. they really hit the spot. They were well made and perfect strength, far from the watered down drinks one becomes accustomed to downtown.
When the bill arrived, it was not at all overpriced. Yet it was not cheap, I would have to say the price fit the quality of the meal and I was very pleased with the value.
There must be about a dozen things I still want off that awesome 50′s era looking menu, the Roy burger with it’s sour cream and jalapenos is the next on my list. All in all if I had to give a number rating I would put Johnny’s at a 8.5/10 and if you know me I’ve never had a 10 so that’s about as good as it gets for me! What you need to do is go and stop off at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station and get some of the best burgers in Orlando for yourself.
Make sure to check out Johnny’s Battle of the Bands!!