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

Lodi, CA (1O3


Name: Lofi Cafe ~ 209-369-6144
Walking Distance: In the airport
Ambiance: ^^
Cuisine: ***
Service: +++
"The cafe is very clean and the food is quite good. The vegetable Napoleon is very tasty and light. The day we were there the service by the waitress was excellent, unfortunately the kitchen was a little slow to our taste, but the wait was worth it.  The smaller runway (12-30) is used primarily by for the parachutists, so check the CTAF frequently and stay clear of them when they are airborne.

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)
Name: The Runway By Patrick
Walking Distance: In the airport
Ambiance: ^^^
Cuisine: ***
Service: +++
"The prices are on the higher side but the restaurant is very nice, the food is excellent and  the view is to the runways, not to mention the fabulous views of the North Bay and Napa Valley approach. " 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.


Vacaville - Nut Tree, CA (KVCB)
Name: Nut Tree Plaza Center
Walking Distance: South of Airport 1/2 mile
Ambiance: ^^^
Cuisine: ***
Service: +++
"There are multiple choices at the Nut Tree Plaza and our favorites are Fenton's Creamery and Five Guys Burgers. But other places look great too. For choices and info check http://www.nuttreeusa.com" 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

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