By David Fekke
August 22nd, 2019
Restaurants you can fly to in Florida
Airport Tiki (B, L, D)
KFPR Treasure Coast International Airport This airport diner is perfect for those who have just cleared customs coming back from the Bahamas and points south. While your airplane is fueled you can grab a quick nosh before heading home.
CJ Cannon’s (B, L, D)
KVRB Vero Beach Regional Airport Thirty years of airport restaurant service with a smile. Come get your dose of Southern comfort food in a unique retro decor.
High Jackers (L, D)
KFIN Flagler Executive Airport People love the peel-and-eat shrimp, and the massive build-your-own burgers (watch the CG after eating this!). Not fancy but definitely fun and filling.
The Perfect Spot Airport Restaurant (B, L, D)
KDED Deland Municipal-Sidney H. Taylor Field You’ll be perfectly positioned to watch the skydivers landing after each jump. Free parking east of Runway 5/23.
Airport Restaurant and Gin Mill (B, L, D)
KDED Deland Municipal-Sidney H. Taylor Field Because sometimes one restaurant on the airfield simply isn’t enough. It features an awesome porch.
Flightline Café (B, L, D)
KGIF Winter Haven Regional Airport Winter Haven is seaplane heaven, with plenty of hard surface for those who don’t fly floats (but take a lesson while you are in town—it’s fun!) Come to the Flightline Cafe for the pastrami sandwich or the fried shrimp, and of course, the runway views. Definitely try the fried green tomatoes (a southern classic).
Pyper Kub Cafe and Restaurant (B, L)
X60 Williston Municipal Airport Great views of the runway and a funky décor, customers say. All that and consistently inexpensive self-serve avgas.
Runways at Bartow (B, L)
KBOW Bartow Municipal Airport Stuffed french toast anyone? Huge omelets are on tap as well. This is an easy-in, easy-out airport.
Suncoast Café (B, L)
KVNC Venice Municipal Airport Get the curry! The chef, Tony, is from the Caribbean, and his food definitely reflects that. From crab-stuffed calamari to curried goat, you won’t find more variety on an airport cafe menu. Excellent omelets, pressed Cuban sandwiches, and crab cakes Benedict. Sign in at the front desk and your handling fee is waived for the time you are at the restaurant (not your entire week in Florida).
Tailwind Café (B, L, D)
KOCF Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field Another airport restaurant where the burger is the thing—just get it. Breakfast menu is standard fare; why mess with simplicity? Rumor has it that veterans get a 25-percent discount.
The Hangar (B, L, D)
KSPG Albert Whitted Airport Famous for its burgers and great breakfasts, stick around late and you can catch First Monday Jazz with Al Downing Jazz. The airport is right on Tampa Bay, giving you the opportunity to practice that “carrier” approach. Airport and water views, plus good food? Divine.
Runway Café (B, L)
KSEF Sebring Regional Airport Tuck into classic breakfast fare and a shrimp po’boy at lunch that patrons rave about. Another easy-in, easy-out airport, with the benefit of Skip Barber racing within earshot.
Landing Strip Café (B, L)
KOBE Okeechobee County Airport This is a greasy spoon-style restaurant with a loyal patronage. One caveat: It draws from both the east and west coasts of Florida, so get there early on a weekend.
Conch Flyer Restaurant (B, L, D)
KEYW Key West International Airport If you are stuck hanging out at the Key West Airport, the Conch Flyer will feed you the town’s signature fare with a view of the runway. It is located right next to the fixed-base operator, in the commercial terminal. That said, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with lots of airline passengers (or jockeying for a table with them).
Jet Runway Café (B, L)
KFXE Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport How many airport restaurants are Zagat rated? If you’ve stopped in to pick up or drop off your overwater safety gear (Banyan FBO rents it), stay to eat and let your taste buds go wild with this restaurant's creative American-style menu. The servings are generous, menu selections are ample, and food is good.