Airport Dining You’ll Love

“Let’s head to the airport for lunch,” is not a suggestion I’ve ever heard.

The friendly waitresses dressed in poodle skirts and saddle oxfords. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The friendly waitresses dressed in poodle skirts and saddle oxfords. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

That is until our Texas full-time RV friends suggested taking our hunger pangs to Southern Flyer Diner prior to our annual taste-testing event at Blue Bell Creameries.

Located at the Brenham Municipal Airport, Southern Flyer Diner is open daily for lunch. The Diner harkens back to cafes from the 1950s, complete with black-and-white checkered floors, red-and-white booths with Formica tabletops, jukeboxes, and friendly waitresses dressed in poodle skirts and saddle oxfords.

Southern Flyer Diner serves Southern comfort food and make almost everything from scratch. Chicken-fried steak, grilled catfish with okra and tomatoes, squash casserole, chili with cornbread, meatloaf, Monterrey chicken—they’re all made to order in the kitchen with fresh ingredients.

In aviation circles, pilots often joke about dining on “$100 hamburgers,” a term that reflects the cost of gassing up and flying a plane to an out-of-town restaurant for lunch. At Southern Flyer, the hamburgers are no joke. They’re huge and they come topped with pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions and mushrooms, jalapenos, cheese, and bacon—and just about anything else you can think of including fries.

Southern Flyer Diner menu © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Southern Flyer Diner menu © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And while the diner serves sodas, sweet or un-sweet ice tea, draft beer, and wine, perhaps the best beverage choice for a $100 hamburger (which really costs about $8 to $9) would be a Southern Flyer milkshake made with Brenham’s own Blue Bell ice cream.

Eating at the Southern Flyer was a total delight, a relaxing place for a leisurely informal meal. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Staff is friendly; the place is very clean. Service is super fast and the food is delicious! My chicken fried steak was very very good.

People all around us were eating burgers. The people at the table next to us said they fly here from The Woodlands in their little plane just for the burgers. Seriously. So, you know it must be good.

I’ll be having a burger next time—and yes, there will most definitely be a next time. Trust me. I’m still asking myself how did this adorable little diner came to be at the Brenham Municipal Airport? I mean, when I think about heading out for lunch I certainly don’t think about heading to an airport—but I will now when I’m in B-ham!

The Southern Flyer Diner at the Brenham airport is hard to find but worth the hunt. Follow the airport signs about 10 minutes out from downtown Brenham to find the teeny little airport and the Southern Flyer Diner.

Yes, Brenham is more than just Blue Bell. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

However, let’s not pretend. Brenham IS Blue Bell too.

And for dessert we explored the sweetest side of Brenham—Blue Bell Creamery with a tour and a scoop—or two or three—to learn how the “little creamery in Brenham” got its start and went from producing two gallons a day to thousands.

The Crosswind Cafe, located at the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Angleton, also comes highly recommended.

As long as I’m able to drive my motorhome from one outstanding restaurant to another, I’m just as happy to keep my feet on the ground.

The Southern Flyer Diner hardens back to the 1950s with red-and-white booths and jukeboxes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Southern Flyer Diner hardens back to the 1950s with red-and-white booths and jukeboxes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Details

Southern Flyer Diner

Directions: From Brenham, drive 1.8 miles northeast on U.S. Highway 105, 1.2 miles north (left turn) on FM-50, and 0.5 mile west (left turn) on Airport Road, north (right) on Aviation Way into the Airport entrance and continue until you see the split rail cedar fence and take a left into the parking lot (tan building with green roof).

Address: 3001 Aviation Way, Brenham, TX 77833

Diner Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Phone: (979) 836-5462

Website: brenhammunicipalairport.com

Worth Pondering…

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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