Monday, April 4, 2016

Southern Flyer Diner

Though we had been to Brenham many times, it was not until this morning that my family and I had the opportunity to get over to the Brenham Municipal Airport and stop in at the charming, and ever-popular, Southern Flyer Diner. 

Southern Flyer is the airport's FBP (Fixed Base Operator). Owners are Jack and Janet - pilots themselves - and they are out to change the way people think about small town airports.

"Pilots want to land where there are good eats on the field," says Jack. "All pilots want to get up and go, because they love to fly, but it's hard to find someone to go with them if there's nothing but a vending machine at the end of the flight. We are out to change that."

The Southern Flyer Diner is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's situated near the airport's runway. From the outside patio, diners have great views of the country landscape, as well as the ongoing arrivals and departures of small (and not-so-small) private planes. 

The decor inside the diner is a throwback to the 1950s. For many, the red vinyl and metal chairs, the black-and-white tile floors and jukebox stir up old memories. In my case, the scene was a nostalgic look at my childhood. 

In their advertising, the proprietors of the Southern Flyer Diner promise "good food, good music and good skirts." I'm happy to report: all three lived up to the billing.

The food: As you might expect, the menu lists hamburgers and fries and milk shakes. But, it also features dozens of other things, including chicken-fried steak and chicken-friend chicken. And, to my delight, a fried catfish platter is also there for the taking.

The Music: Yes, the jukebox works, and out of it comes the classic tunes of Pat Boone, Bobbie Darin, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Debbie Reynolds and others of the era. 

The Skirts: The servers are cute and perky high school girls. All wear poodle skirts, white starched blouses and saddle loafers. All have long hair, and they wear it pulled back into ponytails that bounce around like crazy as they scurry about from table to table.

Having lunch at the Southern Flyer Diner was fun and, in many ways, even better than expected! My family and I will go back. Most likely, via a Texas highway, instead of by private turbo. Still, it will be a much-anticipated flight of fancy. 

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