Hey guys, been flying out of Van Nuys (good ol' 16R) for a couple years now, and have found a few good places for day trips and burgers. Santa Barbara might be an obvious one, but if you keep going up the coast a bit you'll reach the tiny airstrip of Oceano which is literally walking distance from the beach (a unique one, in fact, because it's full of ATV's and RV's driving on the sand). In the other direction, an hour south Oceanside is a pleasant little community with a modest strip and a nice downtown area and pier a short taxi ride away.
But some of our best destinations haven't been beaches. Santa Ynez is again up just past Santa Barbara, but inland a bit in the heart of some great wine country. Catalina Island is a treat to fly into, though it's again a shorter (and slightly convex) runway... and be aware they'll charge you $20 for touching down. But perhaps my favorite $100 hamburger was in Big Bear, where an approach over the lake brings you to a small runway in the mountains. And (being as I am from Montana) it's a real treat just to walk around this delightful little ski town hidden unexpectedly in Southern California. And of course, good burgers to be had as well, just as you walk out of the airport to Big Bear Blvd.
Tell us about the places you've enjoyed.
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I've slowly been getting around to all of the various airports in SoCal with dining options. One of the best is Hangar One Cafe at Hemet (KHMT). Taxi right up to the cafe for great breakfast/lunch food, and save room for dessert. The pies are homemade and are always good. Big Bear has several options. On the field is the Barnstorm Cafe. A bit pricey, but be sure to get your pilot discount. Down the street about 2 blocks is Thelma's. Bring cash, no credit cards taken. Catalina is another must see. The food is good, but somewhat expensive (its an island so you are paying for the shipping!). The outdoor patio is very relaxing and the view is outstanding. There is a $25 landing fee, unless you are an Aero Club member ($150/year). Aero Club members get some discounts on transportation to Avalon, and a free large cookie! French Valley (F70) in Temecula has a nice cafe right on the flight line with plenty of parking. Corona (KAJO) is another favorite. Good chilaquiles, huevos rancheros and Peruvian steak sandwiches on the weekends. Fly in, take the free shuttle over to Aircraft Spruce if you need to shop for goodies for the airplane. Cable Airport in Upland has Maniac Mike's restaurant on the field. You can also find lots of fast food within a mile walk. In-N-Out Burger is one of those. Flabob (RIR) in Riverside has a nice diner. Further up the coast is Camarillo with the Waypoint Grill. Come for the Santa Maria style tri-tip BBQ on the weekends. If you want to experience the desert, Borrego Springs has a small Italian restaurant on the airport.
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