Restaurant name: Sky Galley Restaurant and Bar
Airport: Cincinnati Lunken Airport (LUK)
Famous for: Art deco building and big patio
Restaurant tips: The Sky Galley is an institution in the Midwest, having welcomed pilots and local diners for decades. It’s located right inside the former airline terminal building at Lunken Airport, so the location is hard to beat. In addition to the history of the art deco building, the Sky Galley features a large outdoor patio that looks right onto the ramp. This is a great place for a $100 hamburger on a summer day. The bar is also a happening spot, especially on weekends, and you’re sure to hear some good hangar flying if you pull up a stool.
The menu features a wide variety of food, from munchies like nachos and wings (a specialty) to higher-end fare like a New York Strip and fresh salmon. There really is something for everyone on the menu. Prices range from $7 for a hearty sandwich to $22 for a steak. The restaurant is not open for breakfast, so this is a lunch or dinner spot.
One of the fun parts about visiting the Sky Galley is the history. Lunken Airport has been in existence since 1919, with a flight school since 1921. American Airlines was born on the airport, among many other famous names. Take some time to soak in this history when you visit the restaurant–the terminal building lobby has some good historical pictures.
Airport tips: Lunken is a busy corporate and general aviation airport, with three runways and a control tower. A landing on 21R or 25 will leave you at the Sky Galley after exiting the runway. Just tell the tower you’re headed to the old terminal and they will usually oblige–the controllers are some of the friendliest you’ll find. Parking at the Sky Galley is free and there is plenty of space for multiple airplanes (although fuel can be expensive).
With the multiple intersecting runways, take some time to learn the airport layout before your first visit. Runway incursions are a real threat, so check your position or ask for progressive taxi instructions if you’re unsure. Lunken also sits in a valley, with hills on two sides and a river on the other two sides. That means fog can be a common occurrence, so be prepared for it on early mornings. There is an ILS approach to 21L.
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