Burger and a View at Flightdeck

Was that burger I remember from the mid-seventies so delicious, because it was "free"?
"Really? I get paid to work AND get a free burger?"
Maybe it was a constant state as a teen, but when my shift was over, I was hungry--very hungry.
After I had worked at Sizzler for 6 months, they changed up the free daily meal offered to employees to 50% off  certain menu items. Perhaps that change has made the memory seem even tastier all these years later.

That Sizzler burger was a simple burger and looked very similar to the two in the slide show above--even the fries. That's the memory that popped into my head as I took the first bite of one of Flight Deck's burgers. Mine was their B24 Bomber (with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese) and N's -- P51 Mustang (with bacon and American cheese, but he asked for and was given cheddar instead). The menu lists a choice of 9 sides (Fries, Tater Tots, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Cottage Cheese, Fruit, Soup, Salad, or for an additional charge-- Onion Rings) to go with their burgers, both of us chose fries.

Food can transport me back in time and that's exactly what that first bite did. Thankfully, my sensory experience didn't include the ill fitting, itchy, brown polyester outfit I was issued. No, the burger wasn't the most amazing I've ever bit into, but it was cooked just right, the bun was toasted and the produce was fresh. Also, it was delivered with a smile, ketchup and came with a big windowed view of McNary Field's tarmac.

During our dinner, I spotted a few solo diners. I imagine it would be nice to have an interesting view to enjoy if you didn't have any dining partners. Even though both of us were in the mood for fries and a burger that evening, I couldn't help but notice the "Spaghetti and French Onion Soup" on the specials board. Sounds like home cooking or good old comfort food. Are you a Flight Deck customer? What's your favorite menu item?

2680 Aerial Way SE
Salem, Oregon
(503) 581-5721
Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 9 pm
Sat. & Sun. 8 am - 9 pm


Chuck Bradley said...

Reuben or Club Sandwich's are always good here. Their Patty Melt is a winner also. I remember having real good Fish & Chips here, but no longer see it on their menu. I think all the food is good. The place is run by very nice folks, by the way. And you're right KandN, it's one of the better places for solo diners. Good observation.

Jason Cox said...

For the price the steaks are hard to beat.

Anonymous said...

The food and service there is very good but charging $2.50 to add soup or salad with a Rueben is extreme in this economy, what does it take to put some lettuce on a plate?

Flight Deck Restaurant said...

Flight Deck introduces New Menus
Flight Deck Restaurant & Lounge introduced new menus June 9, 2011. Highlights of the changes are: all of our steaks and burgers are now Certified Angus Beef, our dinner menu is expanded and includes several new items, and we now have a Lighter Than Air section for people watching their weight with approximate calorie, fat and carbohydrate content and Weight Watcher Plus Points. We still have our delectable Cod Fish & Chips on the menu with an option to upgrade to Salmon Fish & Chips (new). Our Breakfast menu features stuffed French Toast and fluffy biscuits with seasonal compotes made in house as well as many of our traditional favorites. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 11am to 9pm (Lunch & Dinner) and Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 9pm (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Reservations are suggested for groups 5 or more – call 503-581-5721. Thank you for your business, we really do appreciate it!

tracylee said...

I'm one of the regulars, and have been known to eat there by myself. The ex-husband and I went about once a week, and I still get there about once a month. In fact, I'm meeting a friend there Wednesday for lunch.

Favorite menu items - keep in mind that I can't eat much....
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Shrimp Melt
1/2 Order Nachos
Tomato Bisque Soup
Meat Lasagne (had it for group buffet - not sure if it's on regular menu)
Pumpkin Crunch (Fall/Winter seasonal dessert)

The Flight Deck really turned around when Barry and Natalie took it over. Paul, Crystal, Chris and the rest of the staff treat me like family!

Because of the planes hanging from the ceiling and coming in and out of the airport, this is a great place for kids and airplane buffs!

beccles suffolk said...

Those burgers look mouthwatering. My favorite at Flight deck would have to the their shrimp melt.