Golden Skillet

★★★☆☆

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while the food is good, the owner is a sarcastic little clown, and they wanted to charge me for hot sauce. thats why they dont get business. horrible service..its fitting that its in a trailer park

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while the food is good, the owner is a sarcastic little clown, and they wanted to charge me for hot sauce. thats why they dont get business. horrible service..its fitting that its in a trailer park

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The Golden Skillet brand is an old franchise from the South, mainly Virginia. I used to love it as a college student nearly 30 years ago. The brand name has all but faded into the shadows of the fast food behemoths. This Hackettstown location is the only one within several hundreds of miles, probably in all of the northeastern U.S.

I drove for an hour, on an impulse yesterday 04/19/07, to see if it was as good as I remembered. The big yellow skillet sign should get credit if it hasn't yet been designated as one of the landmark signs of our American roadside, but G.S. never quite made headway against the mega fast fooders like the King, the Clown, and the Little Red Haired Girl.

Their fried chicken tastes delicious, but I must say, it is more along the lines of what one would get in a supermarket - a good one like A&P or the gourmet ones in upscale neighborhoods. It's not greasy or salty like KFC or Popeyes. Yet it does not have that uniqueness I remember from way back when ( yes, I can recall - I REALLY like fried chicken!) The person that served at the counter seemed to be the manager, perhaps even the owner? I asked him if the place simply kept the sign or if he was part of the original line of Golden Skillets, and he said he was a real Golden Skillet, or he wouldn't be able to keep the sign. Ah, geez, I wish he hadn't based it on the sign. I know that's part of the question I served up, but if there was a franchise "secret recipe" that the franchises followed for all those years, THAT would have been the factoid to promote as proof of authenticity.

I don't know.... The chain is pretty much defunct, so I doubt anyone would come looking for frauds. But then, who would be so eager to capitalize on such a small town brand? Wait a minute, this WAS a small town. maybe it was easier to keep the sign than pay to tear it down. A light panel cover was missing on the handle, and the place itself was a tad "kitschy", not polished in that corporate slickness. None of the packaging carried the brand name. But heck, I am making a 100 mile round trip here, I decided to put away my magnifying glass. I took a couple pics on the sly as I waited for my order - no pieces waiting under hot lamps here! They have a drive thru, but I can imagine that doesn't speed things up. Seems like there was just the one guy, going to the back after serving taking your order. You have to be a hardcore drive thru fan. I did take my order to go because the seating was hard plastic type that is welded to the table with an less than generous spacing for us big guys. And there was a linger of mustiness in the dining room. It's far more comfortable to eat in my car's cocoon where I can play the radio and make a pig of myself without an audience.

One thing is for sure, this is one of the examples when personal pride in the quality of the cuisine means more than cranking out grub with conveyor belt efficiency. I see they have many other items, very un-fast food like, such as ribs, and scallops, and an association with the Stewarts brand of soft drinks. This is worth a try at least once, if you are in the area. I was there during a weekday mid afternoon so it's hard to judge the traffic. A few diners ate in, and a few came in while I was there. Most were seniors, the others, fellow middle agers, and with a golden arches just up the block, I don't think this joint's door is being beaten down. Shame, because this is a far better deal, taste-wise.

I'd love to give the ribs and scallops a shot, but I won't be making another 100 mile round trip any time soon, not at these gas prices!

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★★★★☆

The Golden Skillet brand is an old franchise from the South, mainly Virginia. I used to love it as a college student nearly 30 years ago. The brand name has all but faded into the shadows of the fast food behemoths. This Hackettstown location is the only one within several hundreds of miles, probably in all of the northeastern U.S.

I drove for an hour, on an impulse yesterday 04/19/07, to see if it was as good as I remembered. The big yellow skillet sign should get credit if it hasn't yet been designated as one of the landmark signs of our American roadside, but G.S. never quite made headway against the mega fast fooders like the King, the Clown, and the Little Red Haired Girl.

Their fried chicken tastes delicious, but I must say, it is more along the lines of what one would get in a supermarket - a good one like A&P or the gourmet ones in upscale neighborhoods. It's not greasy or salty like KFC or Popeyes. Yet it does not have that uniqueness I remember from way back when ( yes, I can recall - I REALLY like fried chicken!) The person that served at the counter seemed to be the manager, perhaps even the owner? I asked him if the place simply kept the sign or if he was part of the original line of Golden Skillets, and he said he was a real Golden Skillet, or he wouldn't be able to keep the sign. Ah, geez, I wish he hadn't based it on the sign. I know that's part of the question I served up, but if there was a franchise "secret recipe" that the franchises followed for all those years, THAT would have been the factoid to promote as proof of authenticity.

I don't know.... The chain is pretty much defunct, so I doubt anyone would come looking for frauds. But then, who would be so eager to capitalize on such a small town brand? Wait a minute, this WAS a small town. maybe it was easier to keep the sign than pay to tear it down. A light panel cover was missing on the handle, and the place itself was a tad "kitschy", not polished in that corporate slickness. None of the packaging carried the brand name. But heck, I am making a 100 mile round trip here, I decided to put away my magnifying glass. I took a couple pics on the sly as I waited for my order - no pieces waiting under hot lamps here! They have a drive thru, but I can imagine that doesn't speed things up. Seems like there was just the one guy, going to the back after serving taking your order. You have to be a hardcore drive thru fan. I did take my order to go because the seating was hard plastic type that is welded to the table with an less than generous spacing for us big guys. And there was a linger of mustiness in the dining room. It's far more comfortable to eat in my car's cocoon where I can play the radio and make a pig of myself without an audience.

One thing is for sure, this is one of the examples when personal pride in the quality of the cuisine means more than cranking out grub with conveyor belt efficiency. I see they have many other items, very un-fast food like, such as ribs, and scallops, and an association with the Stewarts brand of soft drinks. This is worth a try at least once, if you are in the area. I was there during a weekday mid afternoon so it's hard to judge the traffic. A few diners ate in, and a few came in while I was there. Most were seniors, the others, fellow middle agers, and with a golden arches just up the block, I don't think this joint's door is being beaten down. Shame, because this is a far better deal, taste-wise.

I'd love to give the ribs and scallops a shot, but I won't be making another 100 mile round trip any time soon, not at these gas prices!

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I love to go here when I am in the mood for fast food but different. They have a drive thru window which makes it convenient. The fried chicken is very good but it is the sides that I really like. You can't find barbecued spareribs very often in a fast food place and theirs is excellant. Recommend.

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★★★★☆

I love to go here when I am in the mood for fast food but different. They have a drive thru window which makes it convenient. The fried chicken is very good but it is the sides that I really like. You can't find barbecued spareribs very often in a fast food place and theirs is excellant. Recommend.

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