Skillet: Mobile Rustic Urban Food

14 Aug

Location varies, updates on twitter at: @SkilletRustic
The Trailer is gone except for very special catering occasions

Skillet is an immensely popular restaurant in Schumacher Place / German Village. On Earth Day 2010, Skillet launched their mobile kitchen to take comfort food to the masses. Skillet on wheels hits the road with three to four dishes which can be prepped and cooked on the fly. The mobile kitchen has most frequently appeared in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Olde North Columbus (at N. High Street and Hudson) and more recently, in the Short North. The adventures and appearances of the mobile kitchen can be followed best on twitter at: @SkilletRustic.

In the first few months of  the Skillet restaurant when this was a three person show, Patrick the chef (and son of the other two oartners) was acclimated to 18+ hours days of foraging, prepping, cooking, serving and closing the restaurant. The restaurant has a few staff on board now, which allows Patrick to spread the gospel of porchetta sandwiches to the streets of Columbus.

So why is all of this rustic, urban food so good? Because it is simple. Because it is ingredient driven (which means you make what you can make with what is fresh, local, and in season so that the food shapes the menu not vice versa.) And because the people that cook the food can see your reaction to it when you eat it – that is an incentive not to muck it up and to keep pushing for better everything. The menu changes fairly frequently, so I will not torture you with mouth-watering descriptions of menu items you may never have. You will have to take my word for it and you can take a peek at Skillet on twitter to take a peek at what they have cooking.  Items you can expect to try out include pork porchetta sandwiches, a few sides, quesdaillas and more.

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