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The Silver Skillet

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Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, American Restaurants, Coffee Shops

200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318


Today: 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

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great memories..naneyman

We use to go when I was in Atlanta visiting airline friends, that was in the 60's, Saw it on Diners and Dives the other day..what great memories. Live out in Lake Tahoe now but get back there once in a while. Can't wait to get those pork chops and grits.

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I visited this place a couple of times and one of the reasons why I keep coming back is the quality of their food.. Everything tasted really good.

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Allan A


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Awesome breakfast place

Great hidden Atlanta breakfast spot. Right in the heart of midtown, it's as Southern as you can get. Their biscuits and gravy are unbelievable. Service is friendly, but does get really packed during the weekend. Must eat at if visiting Atlanta.

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Great food. Horrible service with a stoned waitress.

I was in on Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 and sat at the counter. I thought I would have a lovely greasy spoon breakfast experience with my boyfriend at one of my fav breakfast places. I was in for a surprise.

It wasn't very busy in the restaurant and my waitress--well to say the least--she appeared to be high as a kite. I have never seen her there before. She looked hungover or doped up on drugs because the reactions she had towards me and my boyfriend as we ordered breakfast were unusual to say the least. She was jittery and hyperactive, as well as pretty loud. Her eyes said it all. She was all over the place and seemed very overwhelmed. The place was not as busy as it usually is on a Saturday morning when I've gone in the past, so I'm not sure why she was so dazed and confused. She was very unattentive and another waitress actually kept our coffee cups filled.

Other than the doped up waitress that served us, everything else was okay. The food was good. I got the super skillet omelet which is always delicious and my boyfriend got a waffle and link sausage.

Whoever this new chick is that appears to be strung out needs to go. Needless to say, when we come back for another breakfast, if we sit in her section (if she's actually still working there), we will be getting up and moving to another table.

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I ordered the egg platter which came with bacon & grits & I added hotcakes.

The bacon was quite greasy. I tried my husband's sausage which we both agreed was not well seasoned and our eggs were dry.

The grits & coffee were good.

Our final assessment was that our waitress, which was an elderly woman, was a bit pushy and not as attentive to our table. We sat for quite a while waiting for her to ask if we needed out drinks refilled. When I asked to have my syrup heated, she quickly told me, WE DON'T DO THAT"" and just walked off.

If a microwave was not accessible, I would have settled for a glass of hot water where I could have placed my syrup packet in the glass just to heat it up a bit. But she didn't try to help with a simple solution to a request.

When she sat our plates down, she came so close to my face, she almost hit me with the plate. She didn't apologize. Maybe she was just zoned out and had no clue. But I sure did.

We will not return but thanks for the experience. We are still searching for great breakfast restaurants in Atlanta. Our quest will continue on.

Nov 2009

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The home of Southern Breakfasts!

Great Southern food - breakfast and brunch, in a great 50s style decor restaurant. Egg breakfasts, grits, red eye gravy, biscuits and signature pork chops! Its a really fun place to meet up - and its really close to everything - Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station, Midtown.. - so its really really popular!!

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OH YEA!!!!

Being known as 'king of breakfast' among my friends, they expect me to point them in the right direction.

Let me start by saying The Silver Skillet is ground zero!
This has got to be the most real food I've had in some time. Nothing faddy, nothing put on--no salsa, bean sprouts or tofu here. This is where one goes to get back in touch with their inner self. The good old days when men were men and women were women--The food is outstanding, service fast and friendly and the 50s atmosphere is unique to this 50s diner.
You couldn't reproduce this anywhere else than at The Silver Skillet.
Yet again, I've found the perfect breakfast spot. Hail to the King!!

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southern thegraceofgod


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A great place!!

recently saw this place on my favorite tv show-""Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"" on the food network--it showed off this place so much that I had to come see for myself. This is a one of kind find--a 50s diner that actually began in the 50s. Since 1956!! in Atlanta!! rare indeed in these days of chain restaurants. The owners were both working when I stopped in Saturday to a line out the door. This is a popular spot!! Now I can see why. The food is just like the show said--Fantastic--the service, atmosphere-just the best. I'm glad no one has made this a chain- it just wouldn't be the same. The owner, Teresa was ready with a smile and a Good Morning!! Not easy to find these days. I just can't say enough other than I WILL BE BACK!!!

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a true experience

saw it on Diners, drive-ins and dives last week--looked like someplace I needed to go.
What a trip! a true 50s diner with all the right stuff-good atmosphere, friendly service and of course, good food. After hearing that this place has been here since 1956 I can see why.

Fantastic place--I HIGHLY recommend you try it!

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Stopped in last week for a bite of breakfast. Had heard about this place for a while. Easy to get to and worth the trip--from whereever. Great southern breakfast--stick to your ribs food--not tofu or beansprouts. It's obvious why this has been here so long--good food and good service. I'll be back.

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One of a kind landmark

Out of state friends were in for the holidays-wanted a true southern breakfast-where else? The Skillet!
In a world of franchises and hybrid chain restaurants, this place stands alone. Been in the same spot serving their great food and ambience since 1956. The owners know how NOT to chage things when they work--and man do they work. You've got to try this Atlanta landmark!! Highly recommend.

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friends suggested i try this place for breakfast--GOOD SUGGESTION! Biscuits are the best-one of a kind place-they have done alot of movies and commercials here--food and service are great!! I'll recommend to all my friends too!

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You Need To Go Here

friends in from out of town wanted a taste of the south for breakfast---what better place than the skillet. Read all the great reviews-a couple of bad experiences tossed in but that's expected-everyone has an off day--this place is GREAT! In business for 51 years! Biscuits are outstanding-Country Ham is as they say-melt in your mouth. Friends had corn beef hash-never had it grilled before-loved it-eggs are actually cooked in a skillet not on a flat top grill as most places(hence the name of the place I guess). Service is the old fashioned kind-older southern waitresses with service as their motto. I WILL BE BACK!!

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A true 50s southern diner

First of all, I love breakfast. I go out of my way to find a good traditional, hopefully southern type breakfast.
I, like the reviewer before me have also heard good reviews of the Silver Skillet. I tried it. I absolutely LOVED IT!! The Country Ham melts in your mouth, not the shoe leather most places sell you-- the biscuits are by far the best I've had, and the atmosphere is one of a kind--a true 50s diner. The prior reviewer must live in a bubble-this place is great--I'll highly recommend and send all my friends here!!

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Don't do it

My husband and I went to breakfast on Sunday at the Silver Skillet. First, let me say the place was filthy from front to back and top to bottom. I don't know why we didn't leave immediately. Having read some good reviews of the place, we were in denial. So soon comes a very well-meaning waitress and then the drinks: the coffee was weak as water and the fruit juice was almost as warm as the coffee. Let me just say ""gross old plastic cups"": we're not talking retro. My husband had the Skillet Country Ham breakfast, with scrambled eggs, gravy, and biscuits and red eye gravy. I had the grilled Corned Beef Hash breakfast, with eggs over easy, grits, and biscuits. The country ham was oddly charred, and I am not convinced that there was meat (at last not beef) in the ""corned beef hash,"" which was WAY too salty and also burnt. The red eye gravy tasted like the coffee with soy sauce in it and the other ""gravy"" was extra floury. The biscuits and the eggs were o.k, even better than average, but, you know, what's it worth to you? I love a down-home country breakfast as much as anyone (salt and all), but any Waffle House will do over this place. Better yet, just stay at home and make your own breakfast. Going to the Silver Skillet might have been ok once, but that time was maybe about twenty years ago, the last time someone really cleaned the place.

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worth the drive

I live in Woodstock--about a 45 minute ride to midtown. Have heard about this place-never been. Finally, on the way to a friend's place, I stopped in. It's true what I have heard. This really is the best breakfast in town. A true Southern experience. I would highly recommend this to one and all. Try their biscuits!!

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a real find!

In town over the weekend from Va. Asked where the best breakfast in Atlanta was, my concierge told me ""The Silver Skillet"" So, I went. Man, oh man, was he right. Unbelievable. The place has been here since 1956, waitresses were true old south, food was just what I would have expected from a one of a kind, true 50s diner. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the link sausage was big and fat, split and grilled--not the little links you would find at Ihop--hashbrowns and white pepper gravy over the absolutely best biscuits I ever put in my mouth. Why don't they franchise? As the owner said--it just wouldn't be the same place--definitely right--An Atlantan Icon.--All my friends will know to stop here when in Atlanta. I will be back!!

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I was right--again!

My friends call me Mr. Neverwrong--always choosing the right movies,CDs,games and now restaurants.
It was my turn to choose where our 'group of guys' should eat--I chose the breakfast meal after a late night out. I had recently heard about this place on the news as having a decline in business due to a misunderstanding with another similarly named place closing. Well, don't worry, WE know you're still around-as the sign out front says-""For Over 50 Years"" and rightly so--this place is it for breakfast--again, Mr. Neverwrong strikes again. We all had different meals, from Country Ham (melt in your mouth) to Corn Beef Hash (grilled to perfection) and all in between.--Biscuits--say no more--Righteous! Obvious as to why they're still here--they are doing it right--just like me choosing The SIlver Skillet-doing it right. We loved it and will tell all our friends that the Silver Skillet is still here and doing well.

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do yourself a favor and stop in

lived in atlanta all my life--have heard about the skillet forever. Watching the TV news one night, saw that they are still open for over 50 years. Finallly made it in. WOW!!!! I am a believer---it is the BEST BREAKFAST IN ATLANTA. The atmosphere is true 1950s, the waitresses are perfect for this place--Hey Hon! The food is incredible. You have got to try their country ham--melt in your mouth. They also have the best biscuits, period. I'll be telling all of my friends--this is a 'don't miss' place!

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General Info
In May, 1967, George Decker and Louise, purchased The Silver Skillet. George successfully operated the restaurant for 21 years until his passing in 1988. Teresa, his daughter, having grown up in the business, continues the tradition of dedication to good service and good food, along with her husband, Jeff. Because of its period atmosphere, The Silver Skillet has been featured in several movies, commercials, videos, and print ads. To name a few, John Lithgow in HBO's "Traveling Man", Rebecca DeMournay in TV's "Getting Out", kim Basinger and Val kilmer's movie, "The Real McCoy", several episodes of TV's"I'll Fly Away" starring Sam Waterston, Neal Patrick Harris in TV's "Sudden Fury", TBS movie, "The Hank Aaron Story , TNT movie "Passing Glory", starring Rip Torn, Lifetime Channel's "The Price of a Broken Heart'', starring Park Overall, Denzel Washington's movie, Remember the Titans ; music videos such as Travis Tritt's Here's a quarter, call someone who cares , TLC's last video Destiny and rap artist Yung Wun's first video, as well as commercials for Nationsbank, Bell South, Goody's, Ford Motor Company, NAPA Auto Parts, and the Alabama and Georgia Lotteries. We are featured as the Day1 Diner on Naomi Judd's Hallmark channel's Sunday AM show, on the Food Channel's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives , with host Guy Fieri, PBA's Atlanta's Hidden Treasures", hosted by Jim Stacy, Delta Air Lines Local Flavor with Andrea Robinson , we have been on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, ABC News Radio, Fox 5's "Good Day Atlanta", Comcast's ON Demand Channel and several local broadcasts. Several magazines and newspapers have featured us such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlanta Constitution, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Atlanta CityMag, Atlanta Magazine, Conde Nast, Michael and Jane Stern's Road Food, Delta's Sky Magazine, Mr. Food's Easy Cooking, A.M. Cooking, The Jewish Times, and Restaurant Magazine. Many celebrities and notables such as Zell Miller, Paul Harvey, Walter Mondale, Paul Coverdell, Sally Jesse Raphael, Robert Guillame, Ed Marinara, Fran Tarkenton, Luke Perry, Peter Tork, A. D. Frazier, katie Couric, Ellis Marsalis, the O'Jays, Dave Chappelle, John O'Hurley of Seinfeld, Nathalie Dupree, Sam Massell, Neal Bortz, Governor Sonny Perdue, NYC Mayor Rudi Guiliani, Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isaacson, Congressman Phil Gingrey, Erwin Zaban, CBS newscaster Mark Strassman, The Black Crowe's Chris & Rich Robinson, Star 94's Rob Stadler along with many local personalities make The Silver Skillet a favorite stop. We even made the "National Enquirer ! Teresa has been a guest on NBC's Today Show with katie Couric and ABC's Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson. CNN Travel Guide featured The Silver Skillet as "where to eat Breakfast during the Olympics", and TNT featured us as one of Atlanta's landmarks for Superbowl 2000. We sincerely hope you enjoy the good food and good company that Silver Skillet has to offer.
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Fax: 404-876-7620

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The Silver Skillet Restaurant

Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible, Yes

Cuisines: American, Coffee House, Cafeterias, Healthy

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

Good for Kids: Yes

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