Reviewed: Skillet Diner

Toddlers and hipsters are equally at home at this upbeat, affordable diner

By Allecia Vermillion

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October 12, 2011

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Skillet Diner may share a name with owner Josh Henderson’s popular Skillet Street Food Airstream, but the brick-and-mortar version has a personality all its own.

Though it’s hardly a greasy spoon, Skillet is a diner in the truest sense of the word: The avocado-green booths are vinyl; stools at the long counter swivel. Doors open early for coffee and hearty plates like biscuits and sausage-studded gravy ($9) and cornmeal waffles with eggs and pork belly ($13), and the kitchen keeps on serving until midnight (2 a.m. on weekends).

Some favorites from the truck are on the menu, but chef and general manager Brian O’Connor also upgrades homey classics on a rotating basis, such as pot roast ($16) and Salisbury steak ($19). But most diners don’t have a cocktail list with drink names like Marching Bands of Manhattan, or a fantastic kale Caesar ($7) on the menu.

Capitol Hill
1400 E Union St.
206.420.7297

skilletstreetfood.com