Skillet, Columbus, OH

When my husband and I have a trip planned to visit family in Columbus I always scour the web for new ideas on places to eat. I love the opportunity to try out some place new when we get the opportunity. I read quite a few positive reviews of a new restaurant in German Village called Skillet and put it on my list of must-try spots on our Thanksgiving trip. They refer to their style of food as rustic and urban, sort of seasonal local food with a twist. They serve lunch and dinner during the week and brunch all day on the weekends.

It worked out for us to have breakfast there on the day we left town. I had the Shredded Apple and Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes with maple syrup and a glass of locally pressed sweet apple cider. For the pancakes they use a vanilla batter and fold in Honeycrisp apples (my favorite variety!) and farmer’s cheese. I really loved the flavor and texture of the pancakes. The outside was had slightly crisp edges and a soft fluffy center. Because the cheese is so mild it added pockets of melted texture rather than a heavy cheese flavor. Although the pancakes were very tasty I was a bit disappointed that there was very little apple flavor and more of the vanilla. I’m assuming that the apple was probably shredded and created a moister pancake instead of adding a strong apple taste.

My husband ordered the Rustic Traditional Breakfast plate with eggs, fingerling potatoes and pork sausage. He really enjoyed his breakfast as well. I sampled the potatoes and the heritage Tamworth sausage, both of which had a lot of great fresh herb flavor. The fingerlings well seasoned and cooked perfectly with crisp edges. The sausage was full of flavor and wasn’t greasy. The dish also came with a croissant, the only shortcoming of Skillet. It was dry and tasted like a store-bought pastry.

I had heard that it can be a long wait to get a table here, but the day we were in it was pretty quiet. Maybe that was because of the holiday weekend or the Michigan/Ohio State game that afternoon. Either way I was really happy with our waiter who was extremely attentive and personable. The restaurant is small, but quaint and the food was very good. We’ll definitely be back.