January 2008

Morning, Noon and Night: Skillets Has What You're Craving

Author: Linda Hopkins

Wake up and smell the coffee, or a Bloody Mary, or whatever it takes to arouse your senses. Skillets Café, an island favorite since 1994, located in Coligny Plaza, is bigger and better than ever. Famous for its signature skillets filled with tasty breakfast combinations, other choices include omelets, crepes, benedicts and multiple variations of those to-die-for home style pancakes. Watching your waistline? You won’t feel deprived when you order a breakfast parfait, layered with fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. Any way you order it, Skillets gets your day started, sunny side up.

Stick around for lunch and enjoy down home favorites such as meatloaf, old fashioned chicken pot pie or Southern fried chicken. Dive into the salad bar, enjoy a bowl of homemade chili or indulge in one of Skillets’ specialty sandwiches. My personal favorite is the fried grouper sandwich, with the crab cake patty melt running a close second. Other popular sandwich selections include a classic BLT, grilled “3” cheese, turkey club, burger, Rueben, French dip, Monte Cristo and more. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, opt for a grilled chicken salad or stir-fry.

But whatever you do, come back for dinner. That’s right. Skillets Café is now serving dinner nightly. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal that is just what the doctor ordered after a hard day’s work or play—a step above the typical chain restaurant, yet priced right for frequent visits and family outings.

Skillets Café is open daily, serving breakfast from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m. Choose indoor or outdoor seating or stop by for a cocktail at the bar. A private dining room is available, at no extra charge, for parties up to 24 with advance reservations. Off-site catering is also available. Sign up for a Skillets membership and receive discount and special promotion certificates. For more information, visit www.skilletscafe.com or call 843-785-3131.

Dinner at Skillets: a stellar performance
On a recent Friday night, after a hectic, deadline-filled week, too pooped to pop a cork, much less cook dinner, my husband and I dropped by Skillets for a reprieve. We weren’t looking for fancy food or a tuxedo-clad waiter. All we needed was a good meal, the fruit of the vine and someone else to cook and clean up. For a relaxing evening, delicious meal and a good time, I rate Skillets a five-star success. Here’s my rating system:

Service and Atmosphere: Upon arrival, we were greeted by owner, Aime Baima. Have you ever seen her without a smile on her face? No stuffy, pretentious atmosphere here, just a friendly, family sort of feel and a team approach to customer service.

Liquid Happiness: Although not extensive, the wine list offers a thoughtful selection of quality wines at a reasonable price. In addition to wine service, the restaurant features a martini list, a variety of specialty drinks and fully-stocked bar. (In keeping with the family-friendly nature of the restaurant, this is not the kind of bar where patrons linger for hours and leave schnockered, but rather a comfortable spot for an afternoon beer, vacation-style libation or pre-dinner cocktail.)

Menu: Whether you are in the mood for a tender steak, plate of pasta, lobster tail, or home style meatloaf with mashed potatoes, Skillets has your number, earning extra points for a 27-item salad bar, children’s menu and nightly specials. Dietary restrictions? Just ask. More bonus points for fresh ingredients, piping hot food and attractive presentation.

Entertainment: Gordon Persons presents a variety of soft jazz and easy listening favorites (Thursday-Sunday), entertaining your ears without interfering with conversation. Perfect!

Grand Finale: If you have a sweet tooth, a difficult decision awaits. Chocolate brownie cobbler, homemade carrot cake, bourbon pecan pie, hot apple dumpling, crème brulee… Specialty coffees add the finishing touch. Worth every calorie!

Come as you are, bring the family and enjoy all the comforts of home without any of the hassle. Visit Skillets for dinner tonight and count your lucky stars.

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