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The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs - Colorado


One of the things that we decided on this year is to experience at least one new thing in our state weekly. That would mean 52 things if we weren't traveling. However, in just a little over 2 weeks we will be experiencing new things in London, England. Last week I decided to take a look at what our now adopted state and hometown had to offer, so I visited the Colorado Springs visitors website. What was there really surprised me. I can't believe that I've been in Colorado Springs for 4 years and I had no idea that so many of these things were available for me to do. Quite a few of them were free as well. It was almost lunch time when I decided to search and one thing really stood out. The Airplane Restaurant right here in Colorado Springs. Now what also surprised me was that this place was less than 10 minutes away from my house.


Madison just LOVES flying. She's been flying, making international flights since she was 4 months old, but this was one flight that she was going to enjoy that was stationary. We could enjoy a meal on a plane without actually paying for an airline ticket. How often can one do that? This was truly a treat that anyone who loves planes would love to do, and we both love to fly so we just had to do it. We got dressed and headed to the the restaurant. 


Now before I headed there I paid a visit to their website to find out a little bit more about The Airplane Restaurant.  I found out that they served American cuisine but I also found out this, and I quote:
"The Airplane Restaurant centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker. Built in 1953, this magnificent airplane refueled aircraft throughout the world. Then, in May 2002, it began its second mission~ to be the preeminent aviation restaurant in the United States. Forty-two passengers can actually eat in the plane of the 275-seat restaurant. Rich in aviation history, displaying 100's of pictures, memorabilia and rare artifacts, Solo's offers much more than great food, it offers a flight through aviation history."

There is convenient parking in front of the restaurant and we made our way inside. We were greeted by a "flight attendant" who showed us to our table. I was however able to take a few pictures of the inside that I want to share with you. They weren't kidding when they said that there are hundreds of photos and artifacts awaiting you. It was like walking into an airline museum, but you knew that you were going to be served some amazing food. 




No while you have the choice of eating in the restaurant building, you also have the choice of eating on the plane. Since that's what we came to do that's what we did. Why eat in building when you can do that at any time? How often can you eat on a plane? Not very often. Our flight attendant guided us to our seats and we decided to get a "window" seat. It's usually what I request when flying as well. Our tables I noticed were maps and we were given menus that were printed and looked like newspapers. I mentioned that The Airplane Restaurant serves American cuisine and what's more American than a good ole burger. Besides it was lunch time. I ordered a Guacamole Burger but was very tempted to order the Buffalo Burger since I'd never had Buffalo before, but didn't want to risk end up not liking it. Madison also decided on a cheeseburger from the kids menu and a bowl of fruit. All burgers come complete with fries. We also ordered some old fashioned raspberry tea. 





We placed our order and while we waited for our food to arrive, we were told that we could take a look around and even head to the cockpit. This was a dream come true. It's not often we're allowed in the pilot's cabin. Madison was able to pay a visit with the pilot's on our flight to NYC this January so she was once again excited to go. If you're interested in the menu, both the lunch and dinner menu are available on their website. 



Our food arrived and I have to say that I was impressed with our burgers. These aren't your ordinary run of the mill burgers. These burgers were humongous. While I expected a small cheeseburger from the kids menu they truly exceeded my expectation. The only complaint and what I wasn't too impressed with was Madison's fruit bowl. I expected fresh in season fruits, what we got instead was fruit from a can in syrup. Madison loved it but I wasn't too happy since I'm not a fan of canned foods. Here's a suggestion for the owners if they're reading this. Buy fruits that are in season and cut them up and serve them to the kids instead. *hint*

Kids Cheeseburger

Guacamole Burger

Fruit Bowl


All in all this was an amazing experience and I hope to go back once again. Maybe this time for dinner. So what are our thoughts on the Airplane Restaurant? 

Service:  A+
Food:  A- (wasn't impressed by their fruit bowl)
Atmosphere:  A+

They totally get an A+ in our books and we would highly recommend them to anyone visiting the Colorado Springs area. 


Here is the location and hours of operation of The Airplane Restaurant if you're ever in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Put it on your bucket list since it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience, or if you live in Colorado like I do, a must do over and over. 

Location:
1665 N Newport Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916
Phone - 719-570-7656

Hours:
Mon - Thurs - 11:00am - 9:00pm
Fri - Sat - 10:00am - 9:00pm
(Military discount offered to those in uniform)

Annmarie John
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  1. This is going on out to do list. Looks so fun!

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    1. Angela when you come to the Springs, you better let me know so we can do this again!

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  2. Wow! How cool is this. I'd love to dine here. With family is Colorado Springs, I'll have to make sure we spot by when we go visit!

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    1. Oh yes please put this on your list of things to do when in Colorado Springs.

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  3. An Airplane Restaurant?! Oh man you make me want to visit Colorado even more now. My kids would LOVE that and so would I. I'm going to check out the menus but that burger looks amazing although I personally would try the Buffalo burger. :)

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    1. I think the next time I go, I'm going to take the plunge and order the buffalo burger. :)

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  4. The food there looks amazing. My boys are all about cheeseburgers, too!

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    1. You definitely can't go wrong with cheeseburgers.

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  5. OK I want to eat here and not just because of the food but because how often can you say that you ate at an Airplane Restaurant. This is just too cool!

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    1. That's exactly what I said when I read about it. I just had to go and you're right, how often can you say that? Not very often, well unless you live here. :)

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  6. Wow this looks like so much fun. I've never seen or heard of this before, so a great post todo! Very unique :)

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    1. Yes it really is. I'm not sure if there is any other like it but it sure is something you should definitely do at least once in your lifetime. Put it on your bucket list.

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  7. I want to go here!! This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience for sure. I've never seen anything this cool before.

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    1. We had never seen it either and it's like 10 minutes from our house. Now that we know it's there I'll be sure to go again.

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  8. This place looks like so much fun!! I bet she had a blast there! :) I remember going to a restaurant similar to this in Seattle, but not nearly as cool as this one.

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    1. Oh we both had a great time there and I have to learn about this one in Seattle. I have a friend who lives there and maybe if I visit we might have to go to that one.

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  9. Des would love this so much. And I'm a window seat girl myself.
    It's almost lunchtime here so I'm all about those pickles and french fries! Yum! And sorry about the fruit bowl. I hope they take it into consideration!

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    1. Oh I hate sitting anywhere else. I almost never have to get up to use the bathroom and love looking to see where I'm at. If you ever make it to CO, we would definitely have to take Des here, and I'm hoping that they do take the fruit bowl into consideration.

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  10. What a fun place to eat at! I have three boys and they would love it and it's not super close it would be fun if we were in the area.

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    1. So sorry that you're not closer but if you ever in the Colorado Springs area you can surely take them then.

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  11. This place looks so fun! We will probably be visiting Colorado this summer and if we end up in this area, we'll definitely add it to the list of places to visit!

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    1. Oh you most definitely have to add it to your list. I'm planning on going back there myself soon.

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  12. That looks like such a fun restaurant. If I ever make my way out to Colorado again I will definitely have to stop by.

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    1. Oh most definitely. There are so much other things to do while here but this is a must do I think.

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  13. Looks real fun and friendly and such a unique concept to hone on for a restaurant! Looks family oriented as well. I love Colorado!

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    1. It truly is a family oriented restaurant. Everyone was so friendly and nice and my daughter just loved it. She almost didn't want to leave.

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  14. What a great restaurant. My kids would love a place like that. It's such a neat concept. Now this is a plane my husband will get on! Yes!!

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    1. Krystle your husband is like my dad. My dad hated planes but this one that is grounded he would totally go for.

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  15. What a cool place to eat! And I love your goal to experience new things in your area, such a great one!

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    1. Thank you and yes I plan on doing at least 1 thing a week and we're off to a good start so far.

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  16. This looks like such a fun restaurant! I know my kids would have a great time eating there and the food looks really delicious too.

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    1. Oh the food was really really good. I plan on going back there and try a few more of their burgers. They were so big that they could barely fit in my mouth lol

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  17. Kids would love that! How cool! I want to explore more of our state.

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    1. Our states are usually so big and we tend to stick to what we know. I'm not a Colorado native and I realized that when I went back to NY that there was so much I didn't know even though I lived there almost all my life. It was one of the reason for me now wanting to experience CO.

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  18. It looks so creative! I would definitely love to go there! There's an airplane hotel in Stockholm

    http://www.siniciliya.com

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    1. Oh I would love to stay at that airplane hotel. I love unique things like that. I'll have to google it.

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  19. That is so cool. My husband was a pilot for the Marine Corp. He would love it!

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    1. Oh this is a lot of fun to not only visit but to eat in. I'm sure he'll enjoy it.

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  20. Wow, this is so cool! I will keep this in mind when I am in the area.

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    1. Please do if you're ever in the Colorado Springs area. You'll love it.

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  21. How cool is this! Kids and kids at heart would love to eat in a restaurant like this one. It's also a great way to impart information and knowledge about the aviation industry.

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    1. It sure is and my own daughter enjoyed it. She loved going to the cock pit and pretending she was a airline pilot.

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  22. A meal on an airplane?! This is super neat! She has me beat! I hadn't gotten on an airplane until I was in my mid twenties!

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    1. Oh Meredith, she's been flying for quite some time and this year she's about to make her 2nd flight for the year. She just LOVES flying.

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  23. so super fun. My boys would LOVE to eat on the airplane!

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    1. I personally think that any kid would love to eat on an airplane. :)

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  24. A restaurant inside an airplane? Wow! How cool is that? lol I feel like a little kid wanting to go to this place badly. Sure reminds me of Barstow where they have restaurants and stores inside of an old train. This one looks way cooler though. I would love to visit this place. Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely keep this in mind if ever I'm in the area.

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    1. Oh that sounds great as well. I love doing things that are different so that train restaurant would totally be something I would LOVE to do.

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  25. My kiddos would love dining in an airplane like this! This looks like a fun way to spend time as a family!

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    1. Oh yes it is very family friendly and you and your family would enjoy it if you ever made it there.

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  26. Awesome concept for a restaurant! That kids cheeseburger sure looks yummy!

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    1. Not only did it look yummy but it tasted yummy too because she ate it all and she's a picky eater. :)

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  27. That's so awesome!!! Any kid would love to go there, even grown-ups if I'm not mistaken. What a cool concept for a restaurant. And you get to learn some history too. The food looks great!

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    1. Oh the food was amazing and there is so much history here. It's a must visit for sure.

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  28. We have one of those here since I was a child but I have never eaten there. It's kinda expensive, haha.

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    1. Awww well this one isn't too expensive so you'll enjoy going to eat there if you're ever in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area.

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  29. It is nice to discover little surprises in your own hometown. You really do not have to go very far to enjoy some activities.

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    1. You really don't at times. You are so right about that.

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  30. I like the concept of airplane restaurants. It's a fresh idea and perfect for the feel of jetsetting because of its ambiance.

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    1. It's really like eating on a plane without the expensive price tag of actually flying. :)

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  31. This looks interesting having a meal this way and everytime given a chance i love to stick to a window seat.

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    1. Oh me and you both. I don't like flying any other way.

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  32. This place is so cool and fun to dine in. I wish we can have one here also.

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    1. Well if you can't then be sure to add this one to your bucket list.

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  33. An airplane restaurant concept is amazing! I never thought of having a restaurant like this! But sad to say, it's western dining again... if not, it will be pretty cool!

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    1. There's nothing wrong with western dining if I do say so myself.

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  34. Dining in an airplane, sweet! I am sure it's every plane loving kid dream come true to be able to dine in one without the plane sickness :)

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    1. Oh it most certainly is. Although my own daughter doesn't get sick while flying this is perfect for those who do and even those who are scared of flying.

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  35. Totally fun place to visit it seems. Kids love visiting restaurants that have such novel setting. That guacamole burger looks awesome!

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    1. Oh my goodness, you can't begin to imagine how amazing that burger was.

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  36. I wish I am just near Colorado springs. I will definitely visit that restaurant. Whoever thought about that concept is a genius. Foods look delicious too. Yum!

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    1. Well you can always visit one day. I'm sure this restaurant will be here for years to come. The best thing is that it is very close to the Radisson Hotel so finding a place to stay will be no problem.

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  37. That's interesting. I really love these themed restaurant. I've been to an airplane restaurant in Gujarat, India. Pretty cool it was!

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    1. Oh I had no idea there was more like this. Now going to that one in India is definitely on my list now to do before I die.

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  38. Oh I am envious of Madison, lol. She did quite pretty cool things there. I love the concept of the plane restaurant. Well, I do love eating during flights so this one is something that I think I'm going to enjoy.

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    1. We love eating on planes as well, but some of the food on the plane just aren't worth the price. The food here is delicious and so worth it.

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  39. This is an amazing experience for a child. It's nice to know that she's been everywhere and that she loves traveling just as much as you do. That's good quality time and it builds a stronger relationship between kids and their parents. The food looks fantastic! I'm glad you had a great time here!

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    1. Oh we had an amazing time and yes she just loves to travel. She never wants to be left alone and wants to go everywhere with me. The last time I flew by myself she was upset so I had to plan a trip for her so she can fly again. :)

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  40. I love unique places like this. Isn't it great to have your meal in a restaurant plane? I'm sure your little one had a fabolous experience there, as well as you, of course. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

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    1. Oh so with you on that. I love unique things like this too. Nothing like eating on plane without the exorbitant travel fee.

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  41. What a very innovative way to recycle an old airplane. I would like to visit this restaurant myself. The food also looks delicious, and your kid looks like she enjoyed it as well.

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    1. Oh she sure did and so did I. I can't wait to go back again.

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  42. I love that you can eat on the plane! I also love the idea of trying something new each week. I think I'm going to suggest that to my husband after we move this summer. It'd be the perfect way to explore our new town!

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    1. Oh yes that would be great. I can't wait to read all about your experience.

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  43. This is so nice!!! I would love to try that out soon or anything similar to that. Hoping to see something like this in our country as well. :)

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    1. Well if you ever come to Colorado I would suggest making it one of the must do things on your list.

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  44. What a cute idea! Love to be here inside the plane restaurant.

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    1. And you can totally do it if you ever pay Colorado a visit.

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