Bill Roper's Journal
Dinner at the Airport 
31st-May-2005 09:36 pm
We weren't going anywhere, but we'd read the review of Pilot Pete's in the Chicago Tribune and figured we'd head out to the Schaumburg Regional Airport and give it a try.

The decor includes a corrugated tin ceiling ("Look! Quonset the Hut!"), vintage posters, and large airplane models hanging from the ceiling. The menu is good-sized, with a number of sandwiches, salads, and entrees. I had the meat loaf with French onion soup, while daisy_knotwise had the cranberry-orange pork chop special and a salad. The soup was excellent as were the pork chops; the meat loaf was a bit salty -- not a surprise given the cheddar cheese and olives in the mix -- and might have been improved if I'd chanced trying the portobello mushroom gravy that it's normally served with. The twice-baked and garlic mashed potatoes were both just fine, while the steamed broccoli and carrots had been steamed a bit too long, but no more than I've seen at a lot of places.

Gretchen took one pork chop home so that she'd have room for dessert. The creme brulee was ok, but the warm apple crisp and ice cream was excellent, with signs of actual apples in its ancestry and not too sweet.

With tax, tip, and non-alcoholic drinks, we were just shy of a $50 tab, but it was a good meal. And you get to watch the light planes taking off and landing, which is a novel floor show.
1st-Jun-2005 02:47 am (UTC)
If I'm ever in Chicago, take me?

(And I bet the place will show up on someone's hundred dollar hamburger list)
1st-Jun-2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. Coming to Duckon? :)
1st-Jun-2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Not likely. One year, when I don't have a conflict, I'd like to. But it is not this day.
1st-Jun-2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Mmmm. Sounds decent. As does the tab -- I've found that fifty bucks for two people isn't at all unrealistic for either upscale or near-upscale-but-specialty-location (such as theme park or airport) dining.

God. I haven't had pork chops in the longest time....
1st-Jun-2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Personally, I'm not big on paying for atmosphere -- I'd rather have good food cheap in an ugly restaurant. But it doesn't sound like the prices are out of line, especially when I adjust my expectations to "big city".
1st-Jun-2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Atmosphere has less to do with it than you would think. Anne, huskiebear, and I have become masters at having fantastic food for good prices at Disney World, for instance, and I promise you that you can spend almost as much for the lesser food in the tackier settings as you do for the good stuff.

And airports are "specialty" locations because, if you're there and you've gotta eat, they've got your ass and they know it. Plane's delayed six hours? It's really not worth it to leave the premises, go through security again, and find your new gate. So you get a $12 burger.
2nd-Jun-2005 04:55 am (UTC) - "airport food"
Mike Bakula can back me up on this - Almost every small regional airport has a restaurant in it which has outstanding food at reasonable prices.
I think it's an FAA rule. (grin)

The one in Morris, IL has great burgers (Bakula took me to that one) The one in Petaluma, CA has the best breakfasts in California.
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