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Art’s Skillets 8225 Pendleton Pike.

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This picture looks other-worldly doesn’t it. I took it with my Android phone in their parking lot at 11:45 to-day. The sky was clear and the sun was out, and the temperature was about 30. I have no idea why it turned out that way. I like it though.

Art’s is a joint that is open from 6 AM to 4 PM M-S. Their main service is breakfast, with their speciality being skillets. These are one pan dishes loaded with potatoes,veggies and meat of your choosing and then topped with eggs and cheese. They also have lunch dishes as well. Some friends recommended Art’s to us after they had weekend brunch there. We could not figure out whether we wanted breakfast or lunch. While we debated we ordered a giant cinnamon bun to share for $3.75.

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This “bun” was a good 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and delicious. It was served warm and soft and so delicate I couldn’t believe it was at a joint on Pendleton Pike. This is a must order for any trip here.

Pat and I eventually decided on luncheon fare. Pat a grilled cheese with American and Swiss cheese,bacon, tomato and avocado on whole wheat bread for $6.99.

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That day they were offering fried Perch,with potatoes,slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99. I am hot and cold as far as fried food goes;especially fried fish. Today I figured that if Art went to the trouble of buying some Perch and making some breading I felt as though I should do my part and buy some.Art's 017

I was served 2 large and meaty pieces with a crisp breading. The fish was nicely done and very tasty. I would order it again,if I were in a fried fish-eating mood. I think with the right bun this would make a great sandwich. Fish,lettuce and tomato and some slaw on top instead of the tarter. The tarter was quite respectable but the slaw was very creamy. Creamier than what I make or what I am used to,but that was why it stuck out to me. Pat thought it too creamy. I thought it nice change. The fries were just fries,in quantity. Pat gave me some of his peasant potatoes to try. They were nice crisp potato squares with almost too much salt. Frankly I thought they were too clean. No oil,no grease. I like my breakfast potatoes to have some residue of butter or bacon fat, not a swim just a joyful little dip. But for most folks the drier the better,I get it.

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So this little joint;I think it is located in an old Captain D’s Fish House;is definite a place you want to hit for breakfast or lunch. It is well staffed and clean and they have super nice outdoor seating. It is right on Pendleton Pike and all of its traffic but it is far enough back in a shopping center lot that traffic won’t be an issue;even in the summer. Oh they have French Toast made from their Cinnamon Buns. What more can I say.

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8 responses

  1. That perch looks amazingly crunchy. I’ve never even seen perch on any menu. I wonder why? It looks so good.

    January 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    • Well Perch doesn’t have the press agent that other fish have. The last joint I worked at,as an adviser to 2 young guys I suggested Perch as a breaded and fried option. Good price,good plate coverage and name recognition. Verdict was it may be too Ghetto. Go figure.

      January 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      • Too ghetto? LOL. I just like to say it aloud. Perch. Perch. My husband says he throws perch back when he catches them bc they are too small.

        January 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      • He is right it makes a whole bunch of lake perch to make a meal. These are Ocean Perch,they used to be called Redfish along time ago. They grow slow and big and tasty. I think what the boys were talking about was that at the time there was a small local chain of fish joints that sold whitting, catfish and their best seller Perch. All of these joints were in the hood. So I guess from that Perch was ghetto. Hey I ran a little tavern in my later years and I had a perch fry on Fridays. Sold 30 to 40 pounds each Friday. So if you ever have a chance to try some perch,go for it.

        January 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • I’ve had redfish before. So maybe I have had perch. A perch fry on Fridays. You could write a short story about that.

        January 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      • Well it does have a Tennessee Williams ring to it. Well you may have. As I understand fish marketeers changed the name in the 1930’s, so Perch can cover a bunch of fish as can redfish. It is a confusing mess. If it looks good eat it. If you like it eat it again.

        January 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  2. Nice to know! That’s my hood, there 🙂

    January 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    • Yeah I thought that it was close to your turf. Have you ever been there. Also what bars do you guys have have in that neck of the woods? We had to leave the hood to find one.

      January 5, 2016 at 5:39 pm

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