The $100 Hamburger

Just what is a "$100 Hamburger", anyway? It's the pilot's tongue-in-cheek way of saying they used the excuse of a meal to fly some distance in a private plane for fun.

$100 Hamburgers I Have Eaten:

  Harris Ranch: This is a superior burger at an establishment that really knows beef. Best of all, I got to fly it myself!

  30 Cafe at Half Moon Bay: Awesome diner-style burgers. Quiet airport in a pretty location. I've also eaten at the seafood restaraunts that are in walking distance of the airport.

  Tarpy's Roadhouse in Monterrey: Upscale chic southwestern grill very close to Monterrey airport.

  Jonesy's at Napa County Airport: Best steaks I've yet had via air travel. I flew right seat in my buddy's Piper Navajo and we took some company folks here as a productivity reward.

  Zuniga's At Watsonville: Tasty Mexican food at a great little airport that is my home base. I haven't yet personally flown here to eat, but have driven to meet friends at the airport many times to eat here. I'm sure at some point I'll take a long lunch out from work to fly here.

  Castle Air Force Base (MER airport id): In terms of a destination that gets pilots excited, this has got to be the best for me yet. Besides having a tasty hamburger, there is an amazing display of air force planes there including an SR-71, a British Vulcan bomber (and several other brit planes), nearly every US strategic bomber (B17, B29, B36, B47, and B52), lots of fighters including older oddities and seldom seen planes like the F101 Voodoo. It's just an amazing visit. The planes are beautifully restored and displayed in a very pretty parklike setting. I'm definitely going to run the family up here first chance I get after I'm a pilot.

All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.