Skillet Unscathed by La Nina

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© Siiri Sampson 2011
We'd literally eat cardboard if it had Skillet Bacon Jam oozing all over it, but we're glad we got the juicy and fresh Grass-Fed Beef Burger instead.
Obviously the downside of getting your lunch at a lunch truck in the dead of winter is that you have to either eat it in your car, wait till you get back to your office or desk to eat, or use your proprioceptional senses to finish your meal after your fingers, hands, face, and tongue go numb. But not even the stupid frozen tundra of La Nina could keep the cool kids behind Skillet down. It's almost as if their little Airstream trailer has superhero powers of the bacon-jam variety.

With a small, weekly changing menu, Skillet (in Bellevue once a week; check for locations) makes it worth getting out of your chair and into your car and driving around hunting their Airstream trailer like Bigfoot. To satisfy the heartier appetites of these frigid winter months, they're serving rich, flavorful delights, like their grass-fed beef burger with arugula and cambozola topped with a stinkin' huge dollop of bacon jam ($10, or $13 with fries), and the Braeburn-apple mini-hand pie with sweet cinnamon crème fraiche ($2, and worth every last penny).

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© Siiri Sampson 2011
For such an unassuming root-vegetable soup, this precious pint of potato-parsnip soup will have you full for the rest of the day--that is, if you can even eat it all!
But what makes the dishes flying out of Skillet's skillet so unique is the farm-fresh spin they put on each treat, like poutine ($6) for instance. A dish that easily tastes like a hospital-cafeteria heart attack at any bar or Montreal fry cart turns into a seductive, cheesy, dill-covered, three-pound box of fry bliss. Whatever they're putting in that gravy, it's working. For someone who previously hated poutine, I found myself savoring each gooey, gravy-covered fry. I kept the leftovers, which turned into a fry loaf in the fridge, and re-grilled a slice every day for four days as a side dish.

Between the hearty staples of burgers, sandwiches, and poutine, you'll be hard-pressed to find room for the pie or soup that was on this week's menu. The potato-parsnip soup ($5) also greets you with the infamous bacon jam, which they were coincidentally selling for $13 a jar (a BIG jar). While we don't recommend purchasing the poutine, burger, soup, and pie all on the same day as we did, we don't blame you if you can't help yourself!

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