November 28, 2023

Banana Bread French Toast at The Iron Skillet

By Anna Faller | April 16, 2022

Every small town has its distinguishing dive, and for residents of Mancelona, that spot is The Iron Skillet. Helmed by hospitality veteran Mike Nygren, the café opened its doors in 2011 to an array of kicked-up diner classics. Since then, the Skillet’s from-scratch kitchen, not to mention its unmistakable chicken mascot, have kept townies and tourists returning in droves. But while you might be drawn by the dinner menu—did someone say house-smoked brisket?—don’t be surprised when you come back for breakfast. And when you do, the Banana Bread French Toast will be waiting. Built around a secret family recipe pioneered by Nygren’s mother, “Momma Trudy,” this ooey-gooey plate begins with three thick pieces of house-baked banana bread. Soaked in a classic French toast batter and griddled to crispy-golden perfection, each sliver is finished with cream-cheese frosting and a sprinkling of candied pecans. We bet you can’t just have one slice. $9.99 at The Iron Skillet. 524 S. Williams St., Mancelona. (231) 587-9778.


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