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Back to the 50's in Texas

April 2008

If you find yourself hungry while flying in Southeast Texas, you just might want to stop by The Southern Flyer Diner at the Brenham Texas airport (11R). The Southern Flyer Diner is a 50's style diner that is located adjacent to tie-down parking on the east side of the runway at midfield.

After parking, a 30 second walk brings you inside the diner where you are immediately taken back in time to the 50's. Mostly likely you will be greeted by one of the waitresses dressed in a poodle skirt and bobby socks. You may choose to sit inside at a booth or at the tables and chairs from the period. All of the booths have jukebox controls mounted on the wall where you can fire up the large jukebox in the center of the room.

Another option is to sit outside in the screened-in porch that overlooks a large pond, if the weather is agreeable.

Apparently when starting the restaurant, the owners had to decide between a World War II theme and a 1950's theme. They figured the 50's theme would be more popular with non-pilots. It seems that was a good decision as 50% of the clients are pilots and the remaining half are non-pilots. On the day we visited, a girls sports team was eating and they all seemed to be having a good time.

The menu includes all kinds of hamburgers (of course) as well as soups, salads, chicken, milkshakes and lots of other good things. A menu can be found here. Most all of the food is made from scratch.
Our first indication of that was that our hamburger patties were not perfectly circular or square like the kind you find at a fastfood place. It was a pleasant surprise.
The Brenham airport is located about 55nm N-NW of Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH) in SE Texas and is very popular with local pilots. In addition, most local student pilots have either heard about the diner or have been taken there by their instructors.

The Houston area has a tremendous amount of traffic and there is a lot of Class B airspace in the area, so consult your charts and plan accordingly.

Brenham Airport 11R

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