Fillin’ Station serves traditional New Year’s Lunch for customers

Following tradition, the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi served a familiar New Year’s Day lunch.

Peas, pork, greens, cornbread, these foods describe a southern New Year’s staple since the early 1800s. The tradition is thought to bring good luck and fortune to people who eat the meal on New Year’s Day. Those who believe this old tale are wary to miss out on the meal.

Jerry Johnston, owner of the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi, doesn’t want anyone to go without, which is why his restaurant continues to serve up the luck for the community since 2010. “The different foods have different representations. Luck and health are what we were always told. You have to eat your greens, your black-eyed peas, eat your cornbread and pork. Those are all traditional foods. It’s old southern superstition, I guess.”

The meal is so well loved that even travelers such as Tim Ferguson and Susie Clifton, who are visiting from Florida, stumbled into the Fillin’ Station. “It’s a southern tradition. You know, and I even like looked things up online to tell him what everything means. It’s just something that I have always done since I was a little girl, and I usually do cook it. But we’re not home, so we had to find it.”

The Fillin’ Station serves full New Year Day plates every year, as well as craft Bloody Mary’s to top it off. The preparation can take a while, but it’s a special meal that gets extra attention. The time spent is well worth it when the pot is empty. “Last night Dana started cooking around 4:30 or 5:00, and she finishes up this morning. Prior to that, there was a lot of prep time getting the things together. This isn’t something that we usually serve. We don’t just order it from our distributor. We actually have to go out and shop and find the different things that we want to put it together.  So, it’s a lot. It’s a lot of work. It took longer putting it together than it will take to sell it, that’s for sure.”

Some may it’s superstitious, but this meal sure does bring a smile to costumers’ faces.