There’s a new spot in Santa Cruz that offers gourmet coffee, homemade pastries, and even an on-site food truck with a variety of South American food. Filling Station, a café with outdoor seating, is located in Westside Santa Cruz on 1500 Mission Street, next door to the restaurant “burger.” and directly in front of the Goodwill donation center.
Filling Station has partnered with new food truck The Truck Stop so you have lots of food and drink options all in one location; the truck is literally right next to the cafe.
David Stimpson and Amber Turpin are the owners and operators of Filling Station. Selections include artisan coffee and espresso from San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee, a roaster that works directly with coffee farmers, plus a variety of pastries – both sweet and savory – that Turpin makes on-site each morning. I visited on Friday, August 26, when cookie choices ($1.50) were chocolate chip, graham cracker, and vegan coconut oat. The teacake ($2.75) was sesame brown sugar while hand pies ($3.25: think of hand pies as individual versions of pie) were available in two flavors: triple berry or smoked cheddar and corn. I chose the cheddar/corn combo and was very pleased with the flaky crust and scrumptious filling. I look forward to returning to try some of the sweet options.
Another food selection at the coffee shop is toast served with various toppings. The bread for this is from delicious Companion Bakeshop, another new Westside eatery (read my article for details).
The Truck Stop wasn’t open the day I visited; it was scheduled to open the next day, August 27. Owner Fran Grayson promises arepas and tacos using ingredients such as farm eggs and local handmade chorizo, plus fresh sauces and salsas made with local produce from area farms. Homemade churros and organic horchata made from scratch will also be available.
Both venues are proud to be promoting handcrafted food while simultaneously upholding values of sustainability and using local sources. By offering work training opportunities, they will be collaborating with Food What?!, a youth empowerment program operated by UC Santa Cruz’s Life Lab. Food What?! “…uses food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for bringing about personal growth and transformation.” It teaches youth to grow, cook, eat and distribute sustainably raised food.
Open 7am-3pm Tuesday-Friday, 8am-3pm Saturday-Sunday
1500 Mission Street, 831-427-FILL
The Truck Stop:
Open 7am-11am most days (except when off-site for catering and events)
1500 Mission Street, [email protected]
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