I've been wanting to visit Fayetteville's The Station for months now. It is quickly establishing itself a a must-visit in the area, which is no easy task among the heavy hitters like Secret Sandwich Society and Pies & Pints.
The Station has a heavy focus on local, fresh and craft food. And, here, that's not just a buzzword - they proudly list the farmers they work with on their menus.
We are three friends whose common desire coincided with undeniable timing to allow us to realize our dream in The Station. We set out to build a restaurant and communal gathering spot that serves and educates our customers about local, seasonal food and beverages.
We believe that people have a growing interest in knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced. We also believe in eating food that is produced in a way that is kind to what is being produced, where it is being produced, and to whom is producing it. Therefore we strive to create unique and delicious meals using thoughtfully sourced local ingredients that are respectfully and skillfully prepared. We delight in nourishing our customers while supporting our local economy because we believe it is the right thing to do and because it makes us happy (OUR STORY).
The space inside is lovely - we had a beautiful, reclaimed tree top on our table, there are some more unconventional seating spaces which were cool and sleek art.
Their menu features a varied display - yellowfin tartare, arancini, pickled yada, bangers & mash, shepherd's pie, steaks, local trout and more. It's a unique assortment of dishes that highlights seasonal items, while also featuring a wide range of items to appease any visitor.
Lisa ordered the pasta special of the day, which was gnocchi in a tomato sauce with a sausage and beautifully shaved cheese sprinkled overtop. She was a fan; I think it was good - just a touch softer than my personal preference. I like my pasta with a bit of a chew.
For my entree, I ordered the shrimp & grits. It's hard for me to NOT order shrimp & grits when I see it on a menu: Shrimp & Sweet Corn Grits ($20) - sauteed gulf shirmp, local sweet corn grits, chili garlic butter, sugar snap peas, green onions.
It was pretty phenomenal. The shrimp were cooked well, with a bit of a spicy seasoning. The grits were just a bit sweet, which created this perfect balance. And, oddly enough, the peas were a perfect addition because they added some crunch and freshness. Genius.
My only regret? Not ordering 15 more dishes. Can't wait to eat my way through the menu here.