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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
Talking about the airport may not always conjure up fond memories, but some of Oklahoma’s local airports are destinations in their own rite and luggage is optional. Take the Ponca City Municipal Airport for example. It is home to Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant which bills itself as “the hottest jalapeno on the runway.” Folks fly in just to grab a bite of their fresh, authentic Mexican food which includes savory family recipes that have been served up for the last 26 years. Enrique’s is a family-owned operation that takes great pride in satisfying every customer who walks through the door. While you’re watching the small aircraft take off and land next door, munch your way through an order of chips and queso before you move on to the main event – the sizzling fajitas or the unique seafood platter. In addition to mouth-watering fare, the Ponca City airport also hosts fly-in events on the first Saturday of every month. This free event features hundreds of planes and old war-birds which can be browsed until they fly out, typically after 10 a.m. Attendance ranges from 50 to 150 planes with new and unique aircraft on display each month. Airplane enthusiasts may also enjoy the Okie Flyers Fly-in which takes place at the Claremore Regional Airport on the last Saturday of every month. Pilots from surrounding states converge on Claremore for a pilots luncheon, display their planes and to view presentations of various aircraft from the region. The free event typically runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another great runway restaurant is tucked inside Westheimer Air Field in Norman. Ozzie’s Diner is a local favorite known for its all-you-can-eat breakfast that’s made-to-order. The place isn’t fancy, but the floor to ceiling windows provide a great view of both parked planes and the runway, making for fun entertainment while filling up on comfort food.