The Filling Station Microbrewery opened in the spring of 2012 in Traverse City, Michigan. Located right off of the historic railroad district adjacent to an actual railway, the Filling Station offers a rotating list of craft brews, along with wood-fired flatbreads and salads.
You order your brews and pizzas at the bar and grab a seat inside or out. At 700 degrees, the wood-fired oven crisps up the flatbreads in just a few minutes. On most nights, you'll find live music outside. Along with the heat lamps and picnic benches, you've got the perfect setting for a fun night. But let's get on to the food.
Apologies in advance for the cell phone pics!
Garlic oil, roasted garlic, red onions, pear, prosciutto, brie, Parmesan, balsamic reduction
The Burlington Northern was a nice mix of savory and sweet. The tangy sweetness of the balsamic reduction was complemented by the pear, with the salty prosciutto and Parmesan creating a countervailing element to impart some savoriness that was accented by the garlic oil and roasted garlic. The bite of the red onions was nice, with the brie providing the creaminess and some funk from the rinds. The dough itself was crisp and nicely charred.
The Spartan [$14]
Marinara, crimini mushrooms, olives, red onions, pepperoni, prosciutto, mozzarella
The Spartan was salty and savory, with plenty of pepperoni and prosciutto, mixed with earthy crimini and briny olives. The sweet marinara and mozzarella was interspersed throughout to bring it all together.
Overall, The Filling Station hits the spot with its variety of craft brews and interesting flatbread creations. Each flatbread is plenty for two to share, but there's nothing wrong with getting a few to change up the pace!