Earlier this year, the Port of Seattle added five new gates in the expansion phase of the North Satellite Modernization Project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In the months that followed, Caffe D’arte and Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen opened in the new N Gates.
Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate the next milestone in the project with the opening of Skillet! We chatted with The Skillet Group President Ann Downs to dive into the debut of Skillet’s comfort food at Sea-Tac Airport.
What’s Skillet’s origin story?
In 2007, Skillet was founded in Seattle out of a vintage Airstream trailer, serving innovative lunch menus based on American-inspired food prepared with classic technique and seasonal ingredients. The reception from Seattleites was immediate and passionate.
Since then, the business has grown up. True to our roots, the Airstream is still serving great menus throughout the streets of Seattle, but Skillet has grown to also encompass three brick and mortar Seattle restaurants and a vibrant catering company. We continue to cook up Skillet deliciousness every day at our three restaurants: Skillet Capitol Hill; the Skillet Counter located in the Armory at Seattle Center; Skillet Regrade located at 6th and Lenora; and now our fourth at Sea-Tac Airport.
What does Skillet add to Sea-Tac Airport?
Skillet was born on the streets of Seattle and grew up here, neighborhood by neighborhood. We started from a scrappy vintage Airstream kitchen, selling elevated street food to hungry Seattleites curbside, and grew to an iconic Seattle restaurant brand.
Skillet is a perfect fit at the airport because our team is serving up amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items all day. No matter the time zone you’re coming from, or headed to, we have something delicious for you. It’s always brunch time somewhere.
Why are you excited to open at Sea-Tac Airport?
We are thrilled to open the latest Skillet in the North Satellite and bring our dynamic local flavors to travelers at the airport. Our menu is approachable, easily portable, and affordable.
Whether travelers belly up to our lunch counter for a more full-service experience or need something quicker like our grab and go cold sandwiches and salads, we are the first local restaurant at the airport that originated as a food truck. We’re bringing true Seattle street food inside Sea-Tac.
Most exciting, this is kicking off our relationship with Sea-Tac! Skillet is also coming to C Concourse in late 2019. Passengers will experience something truly unique to Seattle. We want people to be surprised and delighted by our food.
What’s the vibe of this location?
Skillet is a modern Pacific Northwest diner. We serve our famous brunch menu all day (plus coffee —can’t forget the Caffe Vita coffee!) along with burgers and sammies, dinner entrees, and a full bar. Skillet means comfort: welcoming and knowledgeable staff; large portions of real, feel-good food; and cozy booths to rest between flights. Passengers can choose between comfy booths for two or community tables with charging stations.
What’s your favorite menu item?
It’s hard to pass up the Fried Chicken and Waffles, but my favorite is the Blackened Sockeye Sammy with a Kale Caesar on the side. My brunch favorite is the Breakfast Burrito (think fried chicken, three eggs scrambled, cheddar, flour tortilla, hand-cut fries, and pico de gallo) along with a must-have Bacon Jam Bloody Mary.