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Five of the Best Fly-In Airport Restaurants One Hour or Less from Houston Executive Airport

November 3, 2021

One of the joys of having your private pilot’s licenses is the ease of hopping in a plane and taking a quick flight to fun destinations. And when you’re in the mood for a unique setting and great food, there’s nothing as satisfying as logging a short flight from Houston, Texas and taxing your Cirrus aircraft up to these fly-in airport restaurants.

Gate 12 Bar & Grill | Easterwood Field Airport (KCLL) – College Station, Texas

Just a few miles from the heart of Aggieland, Gate 12 Bar & Grill not only serves its guests upscale steakhouse cuisine, but also thrilling views of take offs and landings. The restaurant is an aviation enthusiast’s dream, starting with the custom runway in the dining room, the propeller from the historic Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress bomber mounted in the ceiling over the bar, custom runway signage, photos and model planes and numerous windows looking out over the runway. The lunch and dinner menus feature a wide away of steaks, signature salads, fish, and pastas. As a visitor to Gate 12 Bar & Grill you’ll greatly enjoy the high-quality level of food and the restaurant’s relaxed elegant setting.

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Black Walnut Café | Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) – Conroe, Texas

Black Walnut Cafés are known throughout Houston and Dallas / Fort Worth for delivering an elevated dining experience where casual comfort welcomes a cultivated palate — a go-to place for a quick burger, a leisurely brunch, handcrafted sandwiches and freshly tossed salads. The difference with this location is you get to enjoy their excellent breakfast or lunch menu offerings while enjoying a great runway view from the 3rd floor patio.

Flying in? Click here to schedule your arrival at the Galaxy FBO! And while you are there, why not brush up on some training and schedule some flight instruction time with one of our Tidal Aviation Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Cirrus certified flight instructors. 

Angelina County Airport Café | Angelina County Airport (KLFK) – Diboll, Texas

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy breakfast or a delicious burger in a quaint diner setting, the Angelina County Airport Café located 7 miles southwest of Lufkin, Texas is your destination of choice. It is consistently voted one of the most popular burger spots in the area. The Café sits right on the airport ramp and honors aviation’s past with historical photographs posted throughout the lobby and restaurant.

For Angelina County Airport Café’s Hour of Operation, call (936) 634-7511.

Airport Diner | Gillespie County Airport (T82) – Fredericksburg, Texas

This airport diner will take you back in time.  Themed with a 1940’s, World War II era ambiance, the Airport Diner is a classic diner located next door to the Hangar Hotel and immediately adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport aircraft parking ramp. From the booths, you can watch airplanes and other aircraft come and go while enjoying great breakfast, sandwiches, and the daily blue-plate specials.

Call ahead to 830-997-9990 to verify the diner’s hours.

Hangar 6 Air Café | Garner Field Airport (KUVA)

This café in Uvalde, Texas celebrates the nostalgia of its name sake, Hangar Six, Inc. Flight School, as one of only eight schools to be selected for the purpose of training WWII army pilots. You’ll find fun-themed fare such as the P51 Mustang Burger or Bravo lima Tango Chicken. Be sure to leave room for a classic float or milkshake. An extra bonus for pilots landing a spot at the Hangar 6 Air Café is the restaurant’s $100 Hamburger deal. Purchase $100 worth of fuel from the Uvalde Flight Center and you can enjoy your choice of any burger on the house.

Check their website for current hours: hangar6aircafe.com

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Love the idea of flying to one of these unique Texas fly-in restaurants for a one-of-a-kind experience, but don’t have a pilot’s license or plane? Tidal Aviation has you covered! You can charter a private flight with one of our highly experienced Cirrus-certified pilots or if you are a Cirrus transitioned certified pilot, you can rent one of our Cirrus planes to fly yourself. Contact us today, to schedule your next flight.