Runway Cafe: hometown feel and homemade food
Whenever I’m in the mood for a taste of small town Americana, I head right to the Wiley Post Airport control tower. Underneath the tower is the Runway Cafe, where you can usually catch up on the day’s events from the conversations which surround you with business men and women, pilots, and families with small children. There usually is a good group of people gathered to watch the planes take off and land as well as to enjoy eating some giant, homemade cinnamon rolls.
There’s a lot to enjoy here, but I mainly come for the baked omelettes and monster cinnamon rolls. I have every intention of trying all seven omelettes on the menu, but I can’t get past the spinach and bacon ($7.59 – see a pic) which includes mushrooms, onions and mozzarella cheese. It comes with your choice of hashbrowns or grits and a biscuit and gravy or toast and jelly. The hashbrowns are great — crispy and fluffy at the same time. And something about baking the omelettes gives them a unique taste and texture. They’re delicious and they take up half of a plate.
The biscuits are also homemade and very light. Dessert at breakfast must include one of their cinnamon rolls ($2.79 – see a pic). If you order it with your meal, your waitress will wait until you’re ready for it, then she’ll butter it and heat it up before serving. Personally, I think it’s a little too much butter and I ask them to hold it. But if you like to see it oozing down the sides, by all means enjoy!
The burgers are pretty good. My husband had The Hinden-burger which comes with mushrooms and swiss cheese ($5.99 – see a pic). Other burgers include the Charles Lind-burger (your basic cheeseburger), the Red Baron (hickory burger), the Barn Stormer (chicken fried steak sandwich) and the When Pigs Fly (bacon cheeseburger). Last time we were in, I tried The Mile High club sandwich ($7.29 – see a pic). I have to admit I’ve probably had better club sandwiches, and that’s why I mostly stick to breakfast when I come here.
One reason why Runway Cafe has become such a draw for young families is that small children get a huge kick out of going outside to see the planes while waiting on breakfast or lunch. Even if there is not much air traffic, there is usually a student plane parked right in front of the restaurant. I’ve also noticed there is much more air traffic on Saturdays than during the week.
It’s quite nostalgic to sit in a small, regional airport named for a famous Oklahoman who had such a direct impact on aviation history. That, plus the chance to take it all in with some tasty homemade treats makes for a very unique dining experience that’s worthy of your attention. So try it out, and let us know what you think about Runway Cafe in the comments below.
Get more information and see more photos on our restaurant listing for Runway Cafe.