Skillet Street Food: Seek the Sizzle of Street Food

by Cat Rambo | Seattle Reporter |

The Skillet Street Food mobile diner travels to Bellevue one day, West Seattle the next, serving up food on the street. But the search for its location merits the effort. Chef and co-owner, Joshua Henderson, oversees Skillet Street Food, which occupies a re-purposed 1962 Airstream trailer. The trailer’s blocky aluminum shape quickly draws a crowd of eager eaters wherever it’s parked. The limited menu changes from week to week, but often features one of Skillet’s favorite ingredients: their own bacon jam. (The popular jam can be ordered online for those who want to experiment with its possibilities.)

Although recently the trailer has made Fremont a permanent Friday stop, the rest of the week the locations vary. To find out where Skillet appears next, followers need to either check the webpage or sign up to have the news delivered. Once they’ve discovered the location, they can check the limited daily menu to see whether or not they’ll be lured into the trip.

The odds favor that they will, since the food’s a step up from the street food offered by most trailer-based establishments. Skillet features food using local ingredients, making it a favorite of those who prefer their food come from Seattle and its environs, and goes an extra step by using ecologically conscious compostable containers made of sugarcane. A sample menu includes items such as a burger made of grass-fed beef, topped with arugula, cambozola cheese, and bacon jam, a pork sandwich with lemongrass aioli, and a Skillet favorite: poutine, Skillet’s version of a Canadian delicacy consisting of French fries with a hearty addition of cheddar cheese and gravy.

Henderson and his partner, Danny Sizemore, have plans to keep expanding the Skillet fleet, first covering Seattle, then the West Coast, then the world. A new trailer is in the works and at the point where Henderson is soliciting funky cookware for its decor.