Sunday, August 10, 2008

Airfield Restaurants, Diners and Cafes

Auburn, CA (KAUN)

Name: Wings Grill & Flight Line; 530-885-0428

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: ***

Service: +++

"This is definitely one of my top favorites. The Scenery and approach are fun and breathtaking. The restaurant is right next to the Transient parking and the food is outstanding. Its a popular spot, so be patient for a table to become available." Phil

Boonville, CA

Walking Distance: 1/2 mile

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: *

Service: +

"The airfield is a challenge to land and take off but the view is worth the effort. You'll have to walk to downtown, about a half mile away, to find a cute little town with a few stores. We weren't really pleased with our diner selection but hope to have better luck when we return for the local Beer festival." Phil


Castle AFB, Atwater, CA

Name: Castle Cafe ~ 209/723-2178

Walking Distance: 1 mile

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: *

Service: ++

Attraction: Air Museum -☺☺☺

"That must be one of the biggest landing strips we've ever been on. You can

save your brakes on this one alright. The Castle Air Museum is the highlight of the trip with countless cold war era warbirds, including a SR-71 Blackbird. The indoor museum is delightful with great historical artifacts. Ask for the shuttle service from the airport to the museum as the walk is rather long, especially in the heat. The food at the museum store/coffee shop is average but service is friendly." Phil


Carson City, NV

Walking Distance: 1 mile

Ambiance: ^

Cuisine: *

Service: +

Other: Cheap Fuel

"The flight over the lake Tahoe and the mountains is a sight to be seen. The descent from over 10,000 feet was a trip and the fuel is really worth the trip. But there is no food around to account for, except a small fast food place half a mile away where the waitress on roller skates was the highlight of the menu." Phil


Columbia, CA

Walking Distance: 1 mile

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: ***

Service: +++

Attraction: Historic Ghost town -☺☺☺

"Another of my very favorite. A great approach

for a cute little airfield perc

hed on the foothills makes for a great scenery. The historical downtown is a mile away through a dirt path that is wooded and gets you in the mood for this experience. The food, ambiance and service is excellent and an all around memorable trip that is well worth the flight." Phil


Halfmoon Bay, CA

Walking Distance: 1/2 mile

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: ***

Service: +++

Attraction: Beach/Harbor - ☺☺☺

"Another of my favorite trips. The views are breath taking and the approach and the landing are so pleasant. If you plan on eating at the airport restaurant, park in the mid transient area. If you want to walk to the harbor (half a mile away), taxi and park at the south end of the airport. There are plenty of restaurants and diners to choose from, so you too will need to make more than one trip to enjoy the different types of food available." Phil


Kalmath Falls, CA

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: **

Service: +++


"Its a big airport and in barren place that is so close to Mount Shasta and Crater Lake is a a shame to miss it. The restaurant located upstairs in the airport is fairly new and has good food and great service with a great view of the airfield over the F-18 (don't even think of crossing that painted line on the tarmac if you want to live...)." Phil


Marysville, CA (KMYV)

Name: Sky Harbor Cafe ~ 530-743-4991

Walking Distance: In the airport

"Unfortunately Margaret and Donna's cafe suffered from the economy and closed. We can only hope it will reopen soon as the hosts and the food was copious, very reasonable in price and excellent in taste." Phil


Napa, CA (KAPC)

Walking Distance: In the airport

"Another casualty of this economy. Rumours are that the restaurant may open soon under new ownership. Can't wait to taste it." Phil


Paso Robles, CA (KPRC)

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: ***

Service: +

Attraction: Air Museum - ☺☺

"The food was good thought the service good use some improvement. The nearby Estrella Warbird Museum is a small one but full of great aircrafts including a WWII DC3 and quite a few cold war era warbirds. You can taxi from the transient parking to the museum and park by all the museum pieces. BTW: Don't forget to fly over the Hearst Castle just 5 minutes west and the nearby Pinnacles National monument just 15 minutes northwest." Phil


Petaluma, CA (O69)

Name: Two Niner Diner ~ 707-765-2900

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: **1/2

Service: ++1/2

"Since home is at nearby Gnoss (KDVO) I can't tell you how many times we went to the Two-Niner Diner for great food, great ambiance and great service with lovely waitresses always wearing a smile. Just that is worth a cup of good coffee. Its almost always a right turn approach to 29 and you get to fly right above the Petaluma Adobe. Off course the nearby scenery from Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes, Marin County, Sonoma Valley and the Redwood Coast are well worth the detour.: Phil


Red Bluff, CA (KRBL)

Name: Blue Sky Cafe ~ 530/529-6420

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: **

Service: ++


"The diner has a great view of the airport with good food and good service. The approach is easy and the nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park is worth a detour." Phil


Sacramento Executive, CA (KSAC)

Name: Aviators Restaurant ~ 916/424-1728

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: **1/2

Service: +++

"The Aviators Restaurant has a great view of the airport, great food and great service. The approach is easy and gets you as great view of Old Sacramento as well as the Capitol. Be patient as some Sunday mornings can be quite busy." Phil


Santa Rosa, CA (KSTS)

Name: Sky Lounge ~ 707/542-9400

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^

Cuisine: *

Service: ++

"Now there's a great airport with a nice restaurant and a nice menu. Our last lunch was nice and I recommend the "Soft-shell Crab Sandwich with Onion Rings" of you dare... The service was nice, quick and most pleasant service and you can choose inside or outdoor dining with view of the landing strips. BTW: There is nearby museum and the airport hosts a great airshow every August... and then there is a lot more great local food specialties to enjoy nearby!" Phil


San Carlos, CA (KSQL)

Name: Sky Kitchen; 650/595-0464

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: **

Service: +++

Attraction: Hiller Air Museum -☺☺☺

"I love the food and service at the Sky Kitchen. Service is fast and always with a smile in spite of a busy place. The nearby Hiller's Museum is a great place to visit with many beautiful planes from all eras, though you'll have to walk around the north side of the airfield to get to the front entrance of the museum. It too bad you can't taxi and park at the rear of the museum.


South Lake Tahoe, CA (KTVL)

Name: Chase's Bar & Grill ~

530/544-9080

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^

Cuisine: *

Service: +

"A beautiful scenery with a gorgeous landing approach over the lake and the Y. Here's another example of a great airport with a restaurant with a beautiful view in need of a good menu. Too

bad there is so little to eat and enjoy at the airport. If you want to enjoy some good food, you'll have to call a cab (there's quite a few around) to get to South Lake Tahoe or Stateline." Phil.


Willows, CA (KWLW)

Name: Nancy's Airport Cafe ~ 530-934-7211

Walking Distance: In the airport

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: **1/2

Service: +++

"The food, service and ambiance at Nancy's Airport Cafe is a treat and always served with a smile. The deserts are to die for. Clear Lake to the southwest and Lake Oroville to the northeast are two beautiful areas with gorgeous scenery worth flying over." Phil


Ukiah, CA (KUKI)

Name: BeBops Diner; 707-462-1750

Walking Distance: 1/2 mile

Ambiance: ^^^

Cuisine: ***

Service: +++

"Another of our top favorites. The Scenery and the 15 approach are beautiful. The restaurant is the round building at the north-western side of the airport and worth walking the 1/2 mile. The Going there is like stepping into the American Graffiti movie. We've been there many times and I still can't tell which of the service or the food is the best because they are both outstanding. The waitresses and the owner are delightful, always with a smile and the food is delicious and portions are ample. Don't forget to try their refreshing milkshakes." Phil