Fran's Filling Station
Once upon a time, Charlotteans were more familiar with Fran Scibelli than they were with her brother, Frank, of Mama Ricotta's, Big Daddy's, and Cantina 1511 fame. Fran, who moved to Charlotte in 1993, opened the popular Metropolitan Café and then the Metropolitan Bakery, which sold its bread through Harris Teeter before the chain switched to the California-based La Brea Bakery. Metropolitan also catered to restaurants around town, and local franchises of Fresh Market and Dean & DeLuca used its bread for sandwiches. In other words, if you lived in Charlotte in the 1990s, you probably ate Fran's bread. Now, for the first time since Metropolitan shut off its ovens in 2003, you'll have the chance again.
Fran's Filling Station, a cozy restaurant with painted wooden tables and framed photos on the walls, recently opened in Dilworth. The restaurant offers a selection of soups and salads, but those who fondly remember the restaurateur's fresh, thick bread will want to try one of the sandwiches. Options include a hot turkey with sweet apricot sauce, melted Brie, and apples ($7.95) that is just as rich—and delicious—as it sounds, and a lemon chicken salad with light lemon aioli ($7.95), perfect for a quick lunch.
2410 Park Rd., 704-372-2009, $, L, BW, Open daily