Aromas emanating from the new doughnut and coffee bar on Village Road in Shallotte, N.C., stimulate the salivary glands and whet the appetite. The Filling Station opened June 16.
Glazed, chocolate-covered and doughnut holes are listed on the “Classic” menu, along with Fritter, Muffin and the shop’s signature Seanuts, but the “Designer” menu reflects ultimate creativity. Chocolate Bacon has crispy pieces on top. Dreamsicle includes orange juice and orange zest. Rainbow Sprinkle is covered with yummy bits. Maple bacon is proving to be the most popular.
Many of the doughnuts have delicious creamy fillings, possibly cannoli or Bavarian or a custom taste the bakers have developed. The entire family can find what they like here.
Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops and other cereals decorate selections. Familiar names like Snickers, S’Mores and Key Lime find a place in the glass cases. Your imagination can run wild with Hawaiian, Birthday Cake and Minion.
Customers have more than 40 choices with new ones popping up almost every day. Prices range from $1.29 per classic doughnut, $6.49 for a half-dozen, $11.99 for a dozen, to $3.99 for a fritter. The designer doughnuts are $2.29 each, $11.99 for a half-dozen and $18.99 for a dozen.
The gourmet coffee beans are shipped in from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea in Columbus, Ohio. Fresh-brewed coffee and organic iced tea start at $2 per cup. Varieties of mochas and lattes and a cappuccino are available, as well as hot chocolate and loose leaf tea sachet. All come in regular and large sizes. Other beverages include orange juice, Pepsi products, milk and bottled water.
Murals with dancing doughnuts and steaming coffee cups decorate the burgundy and mocha colored walls inside where customers tap their feet and bob their heads to the background music. It’s a friendly place with people chatting at the tables inside and outside. Those on their way to work pick up a doughnut and coffee at the drive thru or call ahead. Customers keep coming back for more.
If you eat
What: The Filling Station
Where: 209 Village Road, Shallotte, N.C.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, open at 6:30 a.m. Saturday