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Old 04-02-2021, 09:50 AM
Frankster13 Frankster13 is offline
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Default Best Fly To Restaurants in CA

Looking for that $300 Hamburger in California. Please feel free to provide recommendations. Looking for fun places to fly to for breakfast, lunch, dinner. I am in the Northern California area but would like to get a few fun places on my list for other parts of CA as well as local spots. Also just looking for fun places to fly.
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Old 04-02-2021, 09:58 AM
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Auburn--cant remember the cafe name.

Nancy's at Willows.

Blue Max at Porterville.

If you want to jump over the hills, Taildragger at Minden.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:15 AM
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:18 AM
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Default Some NorCal suggestions - my regular haunts

KAUN - Auburn - Wings - great food. I absolutely love the Chicken Fried Steak. Order after 11 am and you can get fries instead of potatoes.

KOVE - Oroville - Deli at Golf Course - about 1/3 up the 20 runway is a taxiway to parking. Walk over to the golf course clubhouse. Food isn't fantastic, but view is nice. Perpendicular runways so you can get some cross wind practice in!

KLHM - Lincoln - Spitfire Grill - South of the fuel pump, park by paint shop and enter the little gate. Small cafe with some nice outdoor seating. Owner is an awesome person, RV owner, flight instructor, supporter of aviation, etc. I like the Italian Hottie sandwich.

O61 - Cameron Park - neat little airpark airport. Some challenge to fly into. Park in transient. Walk a little south to the gate to head East across the street to Cameron Park Deli. Best Tuna Melt I have ever had...nice small family run place. They are closed on Sundays.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:42 AM
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Default CA fly-out locations x 2

Caveat--Hours, seating, etc... may be impacted by the pandemic--check before going.

KWJF (Lancaster)--Restaurant (Foxy's Landing) on field. Open for breakfast and lunch as I recall. Typical fare, nice people. Lancaster is just south of Edwards AFB. Edwards typically doesn't fly on the weekends, and the restricted areas get turned over to Joshua Approach. Joshua will sometimes grant a request for an overflight (not landing of course), which might be of interest to you. Sights include an alternate landing runway for the space shuttle, dry lake landing areas, etc... The foundation remnants of the "Happy Bottom Riding Club" are still there, but difficult to pick out at altitude if you don't know where to look.

You might also recognize KWJF as a film location. The last I'm aware of was "Ford vs Ferrari".

KSNS (Salinas)--Restaurant (Flying Artichoke) on field. They used to be open for dinner, with a menu that was a step up from a typical airport restaurant. I think they are only open for lunch now, with a scaled back menu. What's not to like about a flight over Big Sur and the Monterey Bay?
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:33 AM
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How far south do you want to fly. Southern Ca. has the best airport cafes.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:46 AM
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Default Open to travel

Iím open to all locations. Would like to develop a list.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:55 AM
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Always call ahead and check if still open and hours. Here are a few more:

Red Bluff on-field, Watts-Woodland adjacent golf course, Lampson on-field, Ukiah easy walk to three restaurants, Sacramento Metro (SAC) in terminal, Redding (Muni) in terminal, Redding (Benton) on-field, Hollister on-field, San Carlos on-field, and Half Moon Bay easy walk into town restaurants.

Hopefully an old haunt, 29r Diner at Petaluma, will reopen soon.

Also, some of the area airport pilot groups may be restarting their former monthly fly-in breakfasts/lunches/display days -- Sutter County, Oroville, Placerville, Nut Tree, etc.

Here's an old site -- not sure it's current:
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Old 04-02-2021, 12:20 PM
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Half Moon Bay has several restaurants just a short walk into Princeton By the Sea, off the south end of the runway. Mezza Luna, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and a crab shack among them.

Petaluma - the famous 29'er Diner.

Watsonville - the restaurant seems to change owners and themes fairly regularly, not sure what is there now. But it is usually good.

Livermore - the restaurant at the golf course

I've been less then impressed by the food at Nancy's at Willows, but the ambience is first-rate. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing.

Auburn - already mentioned, really nice. Closes fairly early, like 2-ish.

Red Bluff has a nice cafe

Benton Field (Redding) has a nice cafe

Chico just a 5-minute walk east from the airport to a really yummy sandwich/burger place. Not your usual airport cafe, it is a lunch place for the light-industrial area crowd

Columbia - just a short walk into the old ghost town. Really good mexican restaurant. Also in the other direction out of the airport, a sandwich shop.
Added bonus - you can land on grass if you want. I always do.

+1 for Harris Ranch, but expect a wait.

As far as I know, the restaurant at Lampson has been closed for years. Also I thought the Hollister sandwich shop closed - maybe they re-opened?

Klamath Falls has a nice restaurant, but it seems to be closed often, then re-opens. Not sure of current status.
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Old 04-02-2021, 12:56 PM
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No one mentioned STS (Santa Rosa), in the terminal building. And Livermore has a new restaurant (opened just pre-pandemic, closed, I think now open at 50%) in the terminal building. Lodi has breakfast/lunch, you can watch the skydivers. Best place for a good steak dinner, imho, remains Harris Ranch, as long as your wife or significant other can get by the lobby cow decor, and, if the wind is from the north, the cow smell. Itís the real experience. If leaving after dark, Iíd say landing lights are a necessity - the runway has lights but the parking/taxi area does not, and it can be dark.
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