Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Fillin' Station - Biloxi, Mississippi

The Fillin’ Station
“Biloxi’s Oyster Bar”
592 Howard Ave (at Main Street)
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - ‘til
Sunday – 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

What do you get when you mix funky with a dash of New Orleans and a bit of retro? That would be the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi, just a few blocks from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Beau Rivage, off Main Street.

This very casual eatery is a converted gas station, circa 1950s. A patio for outdoor dining lies in front of this eye-catching renovation. What used to be a garage door is open to a bar with a few tables for semi-indoor dining; there’s plenty of air-conditioning.

I tried fried crawfish and banana peppers with a spicy hot sauce made of Serrano peppers and mayonnaise on an excellent French bread roll; pretty good for a place this casual. That and a side order of cole slaw and a soft drink came to $10. There are oysters done several ways: New Orleans style - charbroiled (Drago’s invention), oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller – and other variations. They offer Po’ Boys – shrimp, fried oyster, roast beef. Other choices include chicken BBQ on a roll, fish sandwiches, burgers, cheese quesadillas and salads. With a full bar and a following of all ages, the Fillin’ Station provides live bluegrass/soft rock music Wednesday-Saturday starting at 10 p.m. No cover. There’s a television for sports enthusiasts at the bar. Fun. © 2009

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