Bill’s Bites is back to give readers a taste of what’s good to eat in the local food scene. We’re on the hunt (and stop me if you’ve heard it before) for restaurants, drive-ins, and dives we may have missed in the nearly decade we’ve traveled the road with a fork in hand.
But along the way, we’ll be returning to some places to check out some new menu items that have popped up since our last visit. And that’s what’s on our plate this week.
Station 66 is a restaurant that has quickly become a fan favorite in the summer due to its ice cream. And the Bill’s Bites team discovered fresh flavors when we first visited a few years ago.
But this time around, we’re here to say that Station 66 isn’t just a place to buy ice cream.
The best time to eat here is when the sun is shining and you’re hungry for some Battle Creek favorites
Crowds begin to swell at Station 66 with every good weather. And not everyone is queuing for ice cream.
With an extensive lunch/dinner menu and indoor and outdoor seating, Station 66 is a great place for a sandwich or a hot dog. And since this is one of Battle Creek’s favorite summer spots, we discovered the Battle Creek Dog on this visit.
The Battle Creek Dog — one of many choices on a hot dog menu that also includes Coney dogs, corn dogs and Chicago dogs — stands out for those who are proud of where they live. With two slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and caramelized onions on the dog, everything looks nice in a toasted bun.
The dog, itself, has a nice snap, which is a must for any hot dog lover. Caramelized onions add sweetness, and we all know everything tastes better with bacon and cheese.
And where there are hot dogs, you know burgers should be there too. The Stationburger is the star item on this list, highlighted by a seven-ounce angus beef patty on a toasted bun. Since the old gas station look of the restaurant has a 1950s feel to it, you might also be inclined to get a classic pie crust or an olive burger.
If you like that kind of thing, it’s a fan favorite
The sandwiches, all made with a homemade twist, are also a big hit at Station 66. Our Bill’s Bites team, who often take our classic Mustang to Station 66 car shows on Saturday nights to buy ice cream at this location, Heard about the famous chicken salad sandwich for years – but we had never tried it.
On this trip, this sandwich was our first choice and it lived up to its reputation. With a homemade recipe that included tender chicken, sliced grapes and mayonnaise, the mix is served on a toasted bun with lettuce. The simple yet satisfying sandwich is great with fries or fries and makes a great lunch.
The Battle Creek Reuben also caught our eye, along with another childhood favorite that might be some’s pick – a fried bologna sandwich. But we dove into a pulled pork basket as another lunch choice on this visit. Two bite-sized sliders come in the basket with fries. The homemade pulled pork had a definite slow-cooked flavor, with enough zing that there was no need for overwhelming BBQ sauce on top. Get the delicious “secret recipe” homemade coleslaw on this slider for an extra twist.
I’m no food critic, but if you asked me, I would describe it by saying this is a great summer break from fast food
Burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs are a fantastic choice to brighten up any summer night in Michigan, especially if you’re driving down Highway 66 and see that old gas station right outside. outside of Battle Creek.
And we came for these items, but don’t be mad, we didn’t leave without ice cream. With waffle cones, root beer floats, shakes and even donuts all available, your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
Now that it’s summer, a treat from Station 66 is also the Road-Ready Rhubarb Crisp, homemade when rhubarb is in season. Get it with a scoop of vanilla and the crunchy crumble gives just the right crunch to accompany the sweet and tangy rhubarb concoction.
Built in the 1930s by the current owners great-great-grandparents, this gas station is still cruising in 2022 and offers great food and treats to make our Battle Creek summers enjoyable.
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This week’s restaurant: Post 66
Where: 4588 D Drive South, Battle Creek
Items: Battle Creek Dog/Chicken Salad Sandwich
On line: Watch the video of Bill’s Bites’ visit to Station 66 on battlecreekenquirer.com.
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