By Dan Newman
The Sixth Street Filling Station has been around for years, and it’s flourished under the current management. It’s a breakfast and lunch joint, since they’re open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Mondays, and the staff is courteous, helpful and fun.
It looks like an old time gas station inside. There’s a hub cap installation, a row of tire-sized advertisements from different manufacturers, pictures and so much other stuff. Makes for some very interesting surroundings.
I went with the fish tacos, served with homemade chips and lime slaw, iced tea to drink, $11 with gratuity. Not bad. The tacos were stuffed with grilled white fish, cheddar cheese, cilantro and topped off with a jack fruit pico which added a sweet and tangy flavor. All this baked inside a couple flour tortillas. They were a little messy, but burst with fresh, tropical flavor.
The homemade chips were super crispy, as evidenced by the golden brown color. They were baked and salted, but were a bit too crispy for my taste. The lime slaw had a tart little kick to it that matched the jack fruit pico on the tacos for a complete and consistent meal experience. The meal came garnished with a sweet pickle spear, which was interesting since dill is so common ‘round these parts.
On the way out, I grabbed a single scoop of mint fudge ice cream in a waffle cone: $4 with tip. The ice cream was amazing creamy goodness with big, thick chunks of fudge throughout. The waffle cone was an unsweetened no-nonsense affair that tasted like a regular cone. It kept the ice cream contained and didn’t get in the way. Would. Buy. Again.
This lunch was quite honestly a joy. It wasn’t my first visit to this place, and it’s been like this every time. The food is great and the people are nice, theme’s on point, I’ll go back again. I wish they had better hours though.
Check out my video and see what I’m talking about. And give Sixth Street Filling Station a try. It’s a great place.
Sixth Street Filling Station
1314 N 6th St
Wausau, WI 54403