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Florida's best airport restaurantsFlorida's best airport restaurants

Tips from a local pilotTips from a local pilot

Editor's note: Find out which airport restaurants to visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, noted as "B,L,D."

Florida is dubbed the Sunshine State, and for the better part of the year, it’s also a pilot’s dream. Most days are perfect for a quick hop to get a bite at an airport near you.

Longer days means more time to enjoy the views and food at on-airport eateries such as The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge at Albert Whitted Airport. The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge.

Dozens of airports boast excellent food close enough to walk to or grab the courtesy car and cruise to; however, we limited this list to on-airport eateries.

Airport Tiki (B, L, D)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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) 

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.

Jet Runway Cafe at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Photo courtesy of Jet Runway Cafe.
Amy Laboda

Amy Laboda

Aviation freelance writer
Amy Laboda has been flying airplanes since she was 15 years old. She's taught flight students from East Coast to West, and currently serves as a National FAA FAAST Team member, providing Aviation Safety Seminars for FAA certified pilots in the U.S. and abroad. She was the Editor in Chief of Aviation for Women magazine for nearly 13 years before returning to her freelance writing and multimedia career.
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