LOVE repurposed auto shops and gas stations

gas stations repurposed

Have loved gas station/auto repair shop architecture for as long as I can remember. Very excited that one of my favorite new restaurants, Lilia in Brooklyn, is located in a former auto repair shop (for more on their excellent food and service, see below, big shoutout to Sean Feeney, Managing Partner).

Nashville, however, is the city with the most amazing examples of gas station remodels – especially noteworthy: Barista Parlor and White’s Mercantile.

And, for my next trip to Wisconsin, I am excited to check out Lewis Station Winery, which operates out of a re-purposed and remodeled Texaco gas station in Lake Mills.

See below for my Lilia recos, plus photos (based on two recent visits):

My Lilia faves:

Grilled Scallop, Walnuts, Yoghurt, Marjoram (there are only 2 scallops per order – they should make this a bigger main dish)

Black Bass, Salsa Verde, Coal Roasted Potatoes

Ricotta Gnocchi, Broccoli Pesto, Basil, Pistachios

Malfadini, Pink Peppercorns, Parmigiano Reggiano (delicious, like a cacio e pepe)

The two soft serve ice cream options are AMAZING!!!!

They also have a Barbera wine for $75 that is fantastic and their amaro selection is terrific – highly recommend the Ciociaro.

I can’t wait to work my way thru this entire menu!!!

Dishes that are very popular that I am NOT crazy about:

Cacio e Pepe Fritelle (basically a deep fried pasta fritter!)

The cauliflower starter – had it twice now, underwhelmed.


At the corner of Union Avenue and Frost, Bedford subway stop


For a quieter night, ask for the side room


soft service ice creams are unbelievably delicious. Worth the calories





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