Old Fourth Street Filling Station
Casual Fine Dining RestaurantFood ★★★★☆Ambiance ★★☆☆☆Service ★★★★☆
$40-60 meal for 2 plus drinks
The Old Fourth Street Filling Station is located at the end of Winston-Salem's Fourth Street Restaurant Row. Being located at the end makes parking much easier. Typically you can find street parking within a very short walk to the restaurant.
Fourth Street Filling Station has a very large covered outdoor seating area as well as indoor seating. The night we were there was a bit rainy so we chose to eat inside. Since the outdoor area is quite protected you could eat outside on a rainy night. The building is obviously historic and has nice exposed wood pillars and beams with a large fireplace on one wall. The overall feel is historic The restaurant had a citrus like air freshener which was covering something up. Not the type of odor you want in a dining establishment. The tables and chairs were a bit weathered. Our table's finish was a bit sticky. The table was clean, it was the finished being worn from the repeated abuse of daily cleanings.
The service at Fourth Street Filling Station was very good. Prompt and attentive waitstaff who knew the menu well and gave good recommendations.
The menu has a nice blend of pasta dishes, seafood, steak, and chicken. Not the most creative, but far from boring and plenty of things that sounded interesting such as a flank steak with a honey lime sauce, grilled rib eye with pimento cheese and bacon compound butter to Mahi Mahi stuffed with crab.
The server recommended the crab cakes which are made with zero filler. Being a native Marylander, I am very picky about crab cakes. Typically, I don't order them, because I am usually disappointed.
Well, I was brave and tried the Old Fourth Street Filling Stations Crab Cakes. As I warned you, I am very picky about my crab.....
The Crab cakes were made with a very high percentage of crab meat and had a creole remoulade with roasted corn and mashed red potatos. Crab meat has a very delicate texture and most non-Marylander's will over mix the crab cake mixture to try to make a uniform patty. Over mixing destroys the texture of the crab and unfortunately this is what they did. If they would have barely mixed the crab, it would have been very close to Maryland's standard. These crab cakes are probably the best I have had in NC as most others destroy the crab with way too much filler. My gold standard crab cake is made by G&M Seafood outside of Baltimore and you can order them online at
My gold standard crab cake is made by G&M Seafood outside of Baltimore and you can order them online at:
http://gandmcrabcakes.com/online-only.html. If you have never had a top notch Maryland Crab Cake, order some. You will be amazed at the difference.
If you have never had a top notch Maryland Crab Cake, order some. You will be amazed at the difference.
For non-Marylander's, it had lots of fresh crab meat with a very tasty creole remoulade that complimented the delicate flavor of the crab. You will love this dish.
We also had Fouth Street Filling Stations Salmon. This was served with lemon caper dill butter, wild rice, and fresh zucchini. Nicely cooked salmon with a flavorful lemon caper dill butter. Great combination