Upscale Meals Prepared on Wheels

Upscale Meals Prepared on Wheels

Food & Drink

Upscale Meals Prepared on Wheels


By Cari Martens

Skillet Street Food in Seattle is the latest in the trend of mobile dining: trucks or trailers converted into rolling takeout restaurants that dispense high-quality food from various street locations around town.

p(left caption). Photo by Ashley Geneviewe, Skillet

Rather than pay rent somewhere in the city, Skillet serves its customers out of a 1962 Airstream trailer parked on Seattle’s streets and parking lots, offering burgers made from grass-fed Kobe beef topped with cambazola cheese, bacon jam and arugula…or a porchetta sandwich-style with crisp shallots and lemon-rosemary aioli on rosemary bread…or for dessert, a brittle puff pastry ganache.

Diners learn about upcoming events, menus and locations via a weekly schedule posted on the Skillet website that features a calendar, detailed street maps, and a free-spirited attitude (among its choices listed for ‘next week’s menu ideas’ are short ribs and apple something).

The little restaurant in an RV has garnered rave reviews around town and notices in places like USA Today and TIME magazine.

Similar mobile restaurants around the country include the Chef Shack in Minneapolis, the RoliRoti in San Francisco, and the Que Crawl in New Orleans. It’s yet more evidence of “Pop-Up Lifestyle”: we keep seeing everywhere.

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