Island Skillet

Written by on January 26, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

Island Skillet

How I heard of this place: Again, our new friend and Visitor Center Welcomer, Michelle suggested Island Skillet after hearing of our plans to spend the weekend at the Deer Harbor Inn. The owners of Deer Harbor’s Restaurant also run Island Skillet and offer an in-city breakfast experience unlike any other. We were ready to accept the challenge.

Island Skillet Front Walkway

Type of cuisine: A true, American, down-home menu including breakfast staples: Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Skillets and Omelettes.

Ambiance: Country-style in theme, the Skillet welcomes patrons with a metal-work rooster and Pacific Island style covered passageway.

Island Skillet Front

With wide-set tables and lines of locals waiting to place their take-away orders, the Island Skillet is certainly the place to be on a Sunday morning.

Island Skillet Inside Left

With one room to the left upon entry, bustling with diners, locals and marathon-runners finishing out their weekend getaways, we joined the masses for our true Island experience.

Island Skillet Seating

A second, smaller room to the right boasts seating for those wishing for a quieter experience,

Island Skillet Inside Right

as well as a wall of activities for tourists to enjoy during their stays.

Island Skillet Wall

Despite the busy-ness inside, the air is calm and the space surprisingly quiet. No music with which conversations must compete, friends meet, greet and diners partake of their Sunday morning brunch rituals.

What I ordered: Ever eager to sample the Eggs Benedict ($9.99), something I would likely never prepare at home, my experience at Island Skillet was no different! I indulged in two poached eggs on a toasted english muffin, drizzled with house Hollandaise sauce. Instead of the Black Forest Ham, I substituted maple bacon and avocado ($1.50) to supplement the hash browns.

Island Skillet Benedict

My husband, attempting a more healthy choice on this beautiful island morning chose the Farmer’s Omelette ($8.99) with sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, spinach, and feta cheese with hash browns and rye toast. He opted for organic eggs for an additional $3.

Island Skillet Farmer's Omelette

To sip, while awaiting our meals, we ordered a cranberry juice ($2), one hot chocolate ($2) and a mug of Local Goods Organic “Skillet” Blend Coffee ($1.75).

Island Skillet Breakfast Beverages

It was a nice surprise to see the coffee served with flavored creams!

Island Skillet Coffee & Cream

What I loved: The coffee and the hot chocolate were each a welcome, sweet treat on this brisk morning, as a start to our full day of hiking and touring ahead. The crisp bacon and freshly sliced avocado a delicious, salty, buttery addition to my Benedict and the has browns perfectly soft, yet abundantly crunchy! The Farmer’s Omelette a delightful surprise of flavor, crisp, fresh vegetables and leaving nothing to crave!

Why I loved it: Efficiency in masses, a warm space and friendly servers, each of whom maintained their cool amidst the highly trafficked Skillet.

Cost: Low ($6.99 – $9.99 per generous breakfast entree)

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