Silver Skillet

Diner | Meat-and-Three
One of the best

Glass windows rakishly slant outward at the angle of 1950s tailfins at the Silver Skillet. The place 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 fine, but breakfast is outstanding. 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.

What to Eat
Silver Skillet, Biscuits
No matter what else you eat for breakfast -- even if it's pancakes -- you NEED freshly-baked Silver Skillet biscuits on the side.
Silver Skillet, Coca Cola
Coca Cola
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.
Silver Skillet, Ham Platter
Ham Platter
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.
Silver Skillet, Pancakes
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.
Silver Skillet, Lemon Ice Box Pie
Lemon Ice Box Pie
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, Pork Chops
Pork Chops
Pork chops are a popular breakfast meat here and can be ordered fried or grilled.
Silver Skillet, Banana Pudding
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.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 2pm
Monday6:30am - 2pm
Tuesday6:30am - 2pm
Wednesday6:30am - 2pm
Thursday6:30am - 2pm
Friday6:30am - 2pm
Saturday8am - 2pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 53 MILES | 1 hr 8 min

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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