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Get ready, Ballard. Image via Skillet Diner's Facebook page.

The happy hour menu at Skillet Diner has not been set, but here is what I got out of owner Joshua Henderson: It will start in July and will include a menu of discounted drinks and small plates. That menu will be available Sunday through Thursday from 10pm to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 2am.

If you haven’t yet visited the brick-and-mortar version of Skillet Street Food, you should. It is a place of treats. There is Chuckanut beer served in mason jars, a hella-gooey grilled cheese that’s rendered both savory and sweet with bacon jam, and a Caesar salad made with kale and garnished with a silvery boqueron. There are milkshakes and there are waffles topped with fried eggs and pork belly and…I mean, it’s pretty much exactly what you want—especially if you’re working a bit of a buzz.

A word of advice if you go for dinner: It can get busy, and Skillet doesn’t take reservations. However, you can call ahead and ask to have your name added to a list so that once you arrive you will wait less time for your grilled cheese. Friends: you must try that grilled cheese.