It’s not often I sit at home and crave another visit to a restaurant. But, at this very moment, I am craving some more of Skid’s II in Burlington, NC. RIGHT NOW!
I lived near Skid’s II for a couple of years, and heck, I grew up in the same town for 27 of my almost 30 years. Did I ever make it in there? Nope….well maybe once when I was super young with my grandparents. Other than that, I have no memory of this little treasure. However, I do remember passing it multiple times and always seeing the parking lot very active. Little did I know, when I agreed to take Maw-Maw there Wednesday, that I was feeding a little bit of my addiction……
The first step into the restaurant immediately revealed a clean restaurant. Key thing to remember, a clean restaurant is a happy restaurant with happy and repeat clientele. *smiles* Maw-Maw and I were greeted by what proved to be one of the best servers we’ve ever had. He was nice, kind, great smile, and most of all….knowledgeable (ok, I’ll admit it, and attractive *wink*). I ordered the sweet tea (because we all know you can judge a good Southern restaurant by the tea) and Maw-Maw had her standard water. The glasses came out and Maw-Maw said she really liked the glasses. I thought they were catchy with the outside light shining through on them. They were a nice blue shade. The menus were super clean as well (which that won me over).
See, this restaurant holds family memories in it. When Paw-Paw was alive, he and Maw-Maw used to go to Skid’s II and split a hamburger steak. It’s memories like that, that get us through the moments after our loved ones are long gone. This time though, it was Maw-Maw and I….perfect dining companion. *smiles* Fortunately, they have a small hamburger steak option, and this is what she ordered this time for her grand return to Skid’s II since Paw-Paw had passed. I, a complete and utter sucker for Greek food, ordered Souvlaki. Oh…..My…..Goodness!!!
If you have been reading on here for a bit, you would know that Souvlaki is one of my favorite dishes. I frequent the local Greek Orthodox Church when they have their semi-annual Souvlaki lunch, and have even attempted to make it myself with a recipe I found. But, honestly, this was the BEST Souvlaki I have ever consumed. The most beautiful thing….it came out looking picture perfect. I didn’t have to do anything to it to capture the beauty. The cook slathered the cucumber sauce on it perfectly to the edge, layered all the goodness in it, and wrapped it perfectly. Did I mention that our server, Todd, suggested grilled onions on it??? I just never would have thought of combining two of my loves…what is wrong with me for not thinking of that myself??? Well, now I know! Thanks, Todd! *smiles*
Maw-Maw enjoyed her Hamburger Steak immensely, and she said it tasted just like the old days. I know it would have been better though if we still had Paw-Paw with us at the table…*sigh* Her fries and my hushpuppies were perfection as well.
In closing, it was a fabulous experience all around, and we will definitely be going back…(in fact, I’m planning on lunch today there before I head to Mom’s to make Oreo Cupcakes!) The building itself is small, and I wouldn’t assume the food to have that big of a flavor punch if looking from the outside in. But, this is when I continually reiterate to not judge a restaurant by the outside, just as we shouldn’t judge each other. You never know what treasures or favorite dishes you might come across inside.
Kudos to Skid’s II for reminding me of the warmth a little diner can provide to a Foodie’s heart.