February 21, 2009

Best $100 Hamburger of 2009 Announced

pilotpetes.jpgJohn Purner, author of "The $100 Hamburger: A Guide to Pilot's Favorite Fly-In Restaurants" recently announced his Best of the Best list for 2009. Leading the pack as the best $100 Hamburger was Southern Flyer Diner in Brenham, Texas (11R).

In addition to announcing the Top Burger he also published a list of top ten $100 Hamburger's in the United States. Chicago was represented by Pilot Pete's which is located on the field at Schaumburg (06C). It is one of my favorite airport restaurants not only because it has good food but because of its location on the second floor of the terminal which provides a great vantage point to watch the planes come and go.

Also on the Top Ten list was Sky Galley located in the historic terminal at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport (KLUK). I lived no more than five minutes away from Lunken for several years and loved sitting on their outdoor patio and watching the flightline. When I finally decided to learn to fly I started my training at Lunken and that gave me even more excuses to stop by Sky Galley. If you are looking for a great place for a bite to fly to in the Cincinnati area check them out.

The last one on the list that I have tried is Rick's Café Boatyard located across the street from the Eagle Creek Airpark (KEYE) in Indianapolis, IN. They have excellent food and a beautiful view of the Eagle Creek Reservoir. What it misses is a nice view of the airport operations but if you have been in a plane all day and are looking for a place to relax with a nice view then relax on their patio and enjoy the great food at Rick's Cafe Boatyard.

Many of the other top 10 $100 Hamburgers were located a long flight from Chicago but I did notice that Final Approach Steak House in Sheboygan, WI (KSBM) made the list. After checking out their website, I think I just figured out my next cross country flight.

Take a look at the Top ten list and the 15 runner-ups and let me know what restaurant you think is missing or was over-rated.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brent613

Posted by at February 21, 2009 7:12 PM

Lunken's only about 30 miles from my home base - gotta make it there soon! I see the Airport Cafe up at Urbana Grimes was the top runner-up and having been there once I can't disagree with it being up high on the list... great little place if you're in the area. I think a trip to Ricks over in Indy is another relatively close place I need to venture over to this year.

Posted by: Steve at February 22, 2009 4:57 PM | Reply

Yeah, check out Sky Galley once it gets warm enough to sit out on the patio. They used to have a nice (but small) pilot shop next store as well.

I was going to ask if you had tried the BBQ up at Bolton but then saw your latest blog post. I always enjoyed their food too.

Posted by: Todd at February 22, 2009 6:52 PM | Reply

Sky Galley? yeah,i would definitely check it out.

Posted by: Gulfstream Aerospace G Iv at May 5, 2009 3:14 AM | Reply

I suggest the restaurant at cable airport in upland ca.

Posted by: Bill bowers at December 31, 2018 11:39 PM | Reply

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