While on a road trip today, we stopped for lunch at Southern Flyer Diner for the first time and it was tremendously fun.
This diner is located inside the FBO office building of Brenham’s public municipal airport. There is an automobile parking lot on one side of the diner and an active public runway on the other side.
This tiny little eatery is decked as a 1950’s-era diner. The waitresses were all wearing poodle skirts and bobby socks. There was an old-fashioned juke box remote station located at our table which allowed us to play three 1950’s-era tunes for a quarter.
While we were enjoying our lunch, we noticed that about one third of the diner’s clientele were arriving via aircraft. We saw several single-engine private aircraft land on the runway and taxi to a stop within a few hundred feet of the diner for lunch. The only single-engine private aircraft I recognized was a Cessna 192 – the pilot and his young passenger hopped out of the airplane, walked into the diner, and sat down in the table next to us.
The star of today’s lunch was a U.S. Navy T-44A Pegasus. The T-44A landed on the nearby runway and roared into a quick reverse thrust stop while we watched wide-eyed through the diner’s windows. Just like the little Cessna, he taxied his twin-engine turboprops up to the diner and two guys wearing U.S. Navy green flight suits hopped out and walked into the diner for lunch.
The food here was pretty good. My chicken fried steak was decent, my squash casserole was very good, and my corn casserole was outstanding. The gravy for my chicken fried steak was obviously prepared from a powdered gravy mix and was disappointing.
There was a gift shop located adjacent to the diner which, in addition to selling the usual t-shirts and souvenirs, was also selling various brands of aviation-grade motor oil cans. How cool is that?
If you are an aviation buff, I think this diner is a Texas “do not miss” stop when traveling near Brenham.
P.S. The airport is located about three miles away from the Blue Bell Creamery. We took the guided Blue Bell tour for the first time today – this tour is another Texas “do not miss” stop when traveling near Brenham.
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