June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Amie Baima

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Amie Baima
Skillets Café & Grill

An island resident since 1977, Amie Baima has been greeting guests at Skillets Café in Coligny Plaza for over 25 years. It’s like watching the conductor of an orchestra on a Sunday morning as she glides from one part of the restaurant to another, stopping to chat with a regular here, seating a new group that’s arrived there and dropping a check as she fills someone else’s coffee. Hers is the face that visitors come back to see year after year for that skillet breakfast before a long day at the beach.

What do you love most about living here?
The beach and the Southern hospitality.

Favorite annual event or festival?
I don’t really get to go to a lot of these events because they happen when the island is busy … so I’m busy. But I used to love Cooks & Books.

What is the most frequently asked question you get from our visitors?
Where’s the beach? And we tell them it’s right across the street. We’re pretty close to the beach here in Coligny.

You’ve seen a lot of restaurants come and go throughout the years; which ones do you miss most?
Of course, I miss Just Pasta, since it was mine. ;-) I also really miss the Captain’s Table (where ELA’s is now) and the Gaslight. Those were two fabulous restaurants you would go to for any special occasion.

When you aren’t greeting guests at Skillets, where are you and what are you doing?
C’mon guys. Really? I’m always here.

What should someone new to Skillets order for breakfast?
I would highly recommend the Apricot Cream Cheese French Toast. Or the Kitchen Sink, because it has a little bit of everything: pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes. My personal favorite is the Eggs Benedict. I stick with the classics.

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