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Silver Skillet

200 14th St., Atlanta, GA - (404) 874-1388
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/4/2007 10:28:00 AM
We highly recommend you go to the bathroom at the Silver Skillet. The route leads through the kitchen, which provides an appetizing tour of downhome food being created by masters in humble surroundings: onion rings pulled from hot oil, big wide pancakes being poured on the grill, green tomato slices being fried, slabs of meat loaf plated alongside sweet yams and butter-tender cabbage and greens sopped with pot likker.

The dining room itself, where glass windows rakishly slant outward at the angle of 1950s tailfins, is a blast from the past: faded yellow walls covered with decades of newspaper clippings and a gallery of equine portraits, green-and-orange pumpkin-colored upholstered booths at boomerang-pattern Formica tables. A sign above one booth advises, “Use a little sugar and stir like hell. We don’t mind the noise.”

Lunch is great, but breakfast is especially worthwhile. Skillet-cooked ham is astonishing, even a little scary. It is dark, dark red and about twice as thick as typical country ham. But oh, it is a joy! Less dense and compact than thinner slices, it nevertheless packs the salty powerhouse tang of long-cured pig meat. And it comes with a dish of marvelous dark red-eye gravy for spooning on top (or for drizzling onto grits). Biscuits are tall and creamy-centered with crunchy golden tops. Pancakes are excellent, too. They are plate wide, thin and tender with a faint crispness to their crust.

Beyond the excellent diner food, we love the Silver Skillet for its ambience. This is a true-blue diner, with professional waitresses who give no quarter and present the check along with your meal. The clientele includes Atlantans from all walks of life. Rich and poor, famous and unknown, politicians wanting to look normal and average Joes seeking a square meal all make themselves right at home in these old booths.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Biscuits
Ham Platter
Lemon Ice Box Pie
Pancakes
Coca Cola
Pork Chops
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No matter what else you eat for breakfast -- even if it's pancakes -- you NEED freshly-baked Silver Skillet biscuits on the side.
"No matter what else you eat for breakfast -- even if it's pancakes -- you NEED freshly-baked Silver Skillet biscuits on the side."
Michael Stern





If we had time to eat only one single thing in Atlanta (perish the thought!), it would be a slice of Silver Skillet lemon ice box pie. We had this creamy, rich, and unspeakably delicious slice as dessert after breakfast.
"If we had time to eat only one single thing in Atlanta (perish the thought!), it would be a slice of Silver Skillet lemon ice box pie. We had this creamy, rich, and unspeakably delicious slice as dessert after breakfast."
Michael Stern


AFTER eating ham and biscuits and lemon pie, we spied the beautiful pancakes being eaten by people in the booth next to us, so we needed to order a stack for ourselves. They're terrific, as one comes to expect from this estimable eat-place.
"AFTER eating ham and biscuits and lemon pie, we spied the beautiful pancakes being eaten by people in the booth next to us, so we needed to order a stack for ourselves. They're terrific, as one comes to expect from this estimable eat-place."
Michael Stern


This is serious ham! It isn't quite as intense as some country hams, but it radiates flavor; and the red-eye gravy that comes with it is fantastic ... not only on the ham, but spooned over the excellent grits, too.
"This is serious ham! It isn't quite as intense as some country hams, but it radiates flavor; and the red-eye gravy that comes with it is fantastic ... not only on the ham, but spooned over the excellent grits, too."
Michael Stern


If Silver Skillet is out of the lemon ice box pie and they most likely will be, we highly recommend the excellent banana pudding.
"If Silver Skillet is out of the lemon ice box pie and they most likely will be, we highly recommend the excellent banana pudding. "
Cliff Strutz


Atlanta is Coca-Cola's home, so Jane decided that this was the appropriate way to get her morning caffeine: a big tumbler full of Coke.
"Atlanta is Coca-Cola's home, so Jane decided that this was the appropriate way to get her morning caffeine: a big tumbler full of Coke."
Michael Stern


Pork chops are a popular breakfast meat here and can be ordered fried or grilled.
"Pork chops are a popular breakfast meat here and can be ordered fried or grilled."
Cliff Strutz


The walls are institutional yellow and the upholstery is avocado green and pumpkin-color. Just the right environment for eating inexpensive, home-cooked, Southern-style diner food.
"The walls are institutional yellow and the upholstery is avocado green and pumpkin-color. Just the right environment for eating inexpensive, home-cooked, Southern-style diner food."
Michael Stern


The upholstery has seen better days, but like a favorite old easy chair, this restaurant makes up for its superficial dents and dings with a profound sense of comfort. Note the outward-sloping windows.
"The upholstery has seen better days, but like a favorite old easy chair, this restaurant makes up for its superficial dents and dings with a profound sense of comfort. Note the outward-sloping windows."
Michael Stern


Signs like these just add to the great Roadfood atmosphere.
"Signs like these just add to the great Roadfood atmosphere."
Cliff Strutz


The Silver Skillet has been a downtown Atlanta institution since 1947.
"The Silver Skillet has been a downtown Atlanta institution since 1947."
Cliff Strutz


Silver Skillet lemon icebox pie is one of America's great desserts, alluringly poised on a teeter-totter of very sweet and very tart, supported by a graham cracker crust and crowned with creamy topping.
"Silver Skillet lemon icebox pie is one of America's great desserts, alluringly poised on a teeter-totter of very sweet and very tart, supported by a graham cracker crust and crowned with creamy topping."
Michael Stern


Either red-eye gravy or peppery cream gravy (or both) add immeasurable satisfaction to these classic biscuits.
"Either red-eye gravy or peppery cream gravy (or both) add immeasurable satisfaction to these classic biscuits."
Michael Stern


If you are looking for a true Dixie breakfast in Atlanta, this is the place to go.
"If you are looking for a true Dixie breakfast in Atlanta, this is the place to go."
Michael Stern



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