The Hungry Pilot: Stearman Field Bar & Grill

Stearman Field Bar and Grill

The Stearman Field Bar & Grill has a fantastic patio right by the airplanes.

Restaurant name: The Stearman Field Bar & Grill

Airport: Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1), Benton, Kansas (just a few miles east of Wichita)

Famous for:  A really great on-field, aviation-themed restaurant

Restaurant tips: The cafe offers plenty of inside seating and a wonderful open air patio that can be enclosed during inclement weather. The cafe is open 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, and not only offers great hamburgers, it has a full breakfast menu, luncheon menu with a daily special and several steak choices. For the non-flyers in the group, it has a full service bar.

The food and surroundings are always great and Saturday and Sunday breakfast are especially fun because many times the locally-based customers are out with their Stearmans, Pitts, Extras, etc. and the airplane activity is fun to watch. Try it sometime–you won’t be disappointed.

Airport tips: Stearman Field is a super fuel stop on a cross-country or a great place to stop in when out flying around.  It offers a 5000′ runway with a GPS approach, self-serve fuel and parking right in front of the café. Lloyd Stearman Field has seen the rapid development of condo/live-in hangars and the occupants are frequent visitors to the cafe.

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