The Silver Skillet History

In May, 1967 George & Louise Decker purchased The Silver Skillet. George successfully operated the restaurant for 21 years until his passing in 1988. Teresa, his daughter, having grown up in the business, continues the tradition of dedication to good service and good food.

Owners, Teresa and Jeff Breckenridge

Because of its period atmosphere, The Silver Skillet has been featured in several movies, commercials, videos and print ads. Most recently, the Silver Skillet has been featured in The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, ABC’s What Would You Do? hosted by John Quinones, Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson, new Netflix series called OZARK and Survivor’s Remorse as well as a Synovus Bank commercial.

Other features include, John Lithgow in HBO’s Traveling Man, Rebecca DeMournay in TV’s Getting Out, Clint Eastwood and Amy Adam’s Trouble with the Curve, Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer’s movie, The Real McCoy, Will Ferrel in Anchorman 2, several episodes of TV’s I’ll Fly Away starring Sam Waterston, Neal Patrick Harris in TV’s Sudden Fury, TBS movie, The Hank Aaron Story, TNT movie Passing Glory, starring Rip Torn, Lifetime Channel’s The Price of a Broken Heart, starring Park Overall, Denzel Washington’s movie, Remember the Titans; music videos such as Travis Tritt’s Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares, TLC’s last video Destiny as well as commercials for Nationsbank, Bell South, Goody’s, Ford Motor Company, NAPA Auto Parts, and the Alabama and Georgia Lotteries. We were featured as the Day1 Diner on Naomi Judd’s Hallmark channel’s Sunday AM show, on the Food Channel’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, with host Guy Fieri, PBA’s Atlanta’s Hidden Treasures, hosted by Jim Stacy, Delta Air Lines Local Flavor with Andrea Robinson, we have been on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, ABC News Radio, Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta, Comcast’s ON Demand Channel and several local broadcasts.

Several magazines and newspapers have featured us such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlanta Constitution, Creative Loafing, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Atlanta CityMag, Atlanta Magazine, Conde Nast, Michael and Jane Stern’s Road Food, Delta’s Sky Magazine, Mr. Food’s Easy Cooking, A.M. Cooking, The Jewish Times and Restaurant Magazine.

Many celebrities and notables such as Zell Miller, Paul Harvey, Walter Mondale, Paul Coverdell, Sally Jesse Raphael, Robert Guillame, Ed Marinara, Fran Tarkenton, Luke Perry, Peter Tork, Katie Couric, Ellis Marsalis, the O’Jays, Dave Chappelle, John O’Hurley of Seinfeld, Nathalie Dupree, Sam Massell, Governor Sonny Perdue, NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isaacson, Congressman Phil Gingrey, 2013 Covergirl/R&B singer Janelle Monae, The Black Crowe’s Chris & Rich Robinson, 106.7’s Rob Stadler along with many local personalities make The Silver Skillet a favorite stop. We even made the National Enquirer !

Teresa has been a featured guest on ABC’s The Chew making our famous biscuits and Travel Channel’s Pork Paradise featuring our country ham and red-eye gravy. Some other appearances include NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric and ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson. CNN Travel Guide featured The Silver Skillet as Where to eat Breakfast during the Olympics and TNT featured us as one of Atlanta’s landmarks for Superbowl 2000.

Some famous people (with excellent taste in food), stopping in for a bite, have been Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover, Peter Weller from Robocop and Sons of Anarchy, Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly, Walter Goggins of Justified and our very own Jon Shirek of 11Alive.

Our Homemade Lemon Ice-Box Pie was voted one of the “5 Best Pies in the USA” by Life Magazine, and one of the Top 100 Foods in the World by Saveur Magazine in 2012.

Teresa and Staff