Try two spots in Idaho and Oregon where the pilots eat.
Truckers are famous for finding tasty food at good prices along well-traveled highways. But did you know that pilots of private airplanes are just as discerning? Here are a couple of small-airport eateries—one in Oregon, one in Idaho—where you’ll be happy to land. You can even reach them by car.
Flight Deck Restaurant & Lounge
Salem Municipal Airport, Salem, Ore.
With a patio overlooking the tarmac, the Flight Deck is popular for its nightly happy hour deals. Specialties include homemade soups, an open-faced Dungeness crab melt, and panfried Willapa Bay oysters. (503) 581-5721, flightdeckrestaurant.com.
Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, Driggs, Idaho
Actor Harrison Ford is among the fans of this eatery near the Tetons. The restaurant features an afternoon à la carte menu with buffalo burgers and Caesar salads, and, often, dinner specials with fish from Hawaii. (208) 354-2550, tetonaviation.com.
Photography by Gabe Rogel
This article was first published in March 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.