Last week, Skillet Nation extended its reach with its opening of Skillet Counter in the Seattle Center Armory. In doing so, one of Seattle’s saddest food courts has become a good dining destination. And with Chihuly Garden and Glass just across the way (where Collections Cafe is quite a good place to eat as well), Seattle Center is suddenly a spot well worth visiting.
Most of the food is what’s available at Skillet Diner on Capitol Hill, though with a more abbreviated menu. You’ll find the classics like The Burger (with arugula and Bacon Jam) and the fabulous Fried Chicken Sammy, with all the food prepared onsite. Those with tots can take advantage of an expanded kids’ menu. It’s the breakfast menu that showcases new offerings, including a Breakfast Burrito of the Day and a Breakfast Sammy with bacon, egg, and cheese–with a chance to add Bacon Jam or a fried chicken thigh.
Skillet Counter is already drawing Seattle Center workers for breakfast and lunch, as service is fast, and Fonte coffee is a bargain at two dollars. I expect it won’t be long before tourists discover the quality of the cooking at the Counter. And Gates Foundation employees will enjoy meals at all hours. There’s even a bar area for post-work playtime.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Skillet debuted in Seattle, with an Airstream trailer taking to the streets to sell burgers, poutine, and more. The success has continued with the opening of Skillet Diner, and it won’t be surprising to see more Skillets popping up in Seattle (or beyond) in the years ahead.
Skillet is celebrating its five-year anniversary in style. Chef Josh Henderson has penned Skillet’s first cookbook, appropriately named The Skillet Cookbook: A Street Food Manifesto, and you can attend the cookbook launch party this Sunday, July 22nd, at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club. There will be roasted pig, other food and drinks, music, and other fun surprises, with tickets still available.
Welcome to Skillet Counter!
Check the menu and place your order
Skillets on the stools
One of my favorite dishes: Fried Chicken Sammy (the meat is incredibly moist, and it’s got kale as well as pickled and charred jalapeño aioli)
Another of my favorite items: Kale Caesar (with boquerones)
The Burger–Bacon Jam and all
Skillet chefs torching grapefruit
A closer look at Caramelized Grapefruit
View from the bar area
One last look at Skillet Counter