Eating on planes, trains and automobiles doesn’t usually rank on our list of awesome dining experiences, whether that's thanks to the cramped spaces, flavorless food or surly service. But these six destinations aim to change the way we feel about onboard meals, by wining and dining us in antique vehicles that have been outfitted as actual restaurants, where friendly staffers serve tasty food in a supercool, comfy environment. Here's where you can go to have a transportive meal, without ever leaving the ground.
The owners of the new Lily Airways restaurant in Wuhan, China take in-flight dining to another level. The staff wear flight-attendant uniforms while they serve upscale dishes in the cabin of a retired Batavia Airways Boeing 737. Diners even receive a boarding pass and go through a gate before making their way to the cabin. Photo courtesy of leo_lijie/Instagram.
You'll be home on the range at Prairie Schooner restaurant in Ogden, Utah. You'll eat at one of 34 covered wagon tables set inside a spacious dining area, and choose from dishes like a 60-oz top sirloin, country-fried steak smothered in gravy. The pioneer-era American West setting also includes a faux prairie fire scene. Alas, you can’t roast marshmallows on it, but you can hang out and tell ghost stories until the cows come home. Photo courtesy of theprairieschooner/Instagram.
At Pirate’s Landing Seafood and Steak Restaurant in Elkin, North Carolina, explore the antique cannons and weapons onboard a pirate ship while you dig into hefty dishes that could keep you fueled for a long journey at sea, from a loaded cheeseburger to the Buccaneer’s Fried Seafood Feast, complete with baby flounder, crab cake, clam strips, oysters, popcorn shrimp and scallops. Photo courtesy of Pirate’s Landing/Facebook.
While you won’t get a tour of the local attractions on this double-decker red bus, parked on a quiet downtown corner in Asheville, North Carolina, you will score some premium coffee and sweet snacks: At Double D's Coffee and Desserts, you order whatever you want outside on the patio, then grab a seat on the stationary bus to eat while enjoying the view (and without having to worry about spilling your coffee when the driver swerves). Photo courtesy of Double D's Coffee and Desserts/Facebook.
At The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, board a renovated KC-97 tanker with seating for 275. Aviation memorabilia and photos will make you feel like you’re sky-high, but you can enjoy your hot meal (from chicken marsala to baked spaghetti to teriyaki salmon) turbulence-free. Photo courtesy of The Airplane Restaurant/Facebook.
Feel like the king of the world at Cafe Jack, a Korean coffee shop and sushi restaurant in L.A. where you can dine on a replica of a passenger liner. Owner Jack Shin is such a fan of the 1997 movie “Titanic”, he built the restaurant as an homage to the blockbuster, and named it for Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in the movie. "After he saw the movie, [Shin] wanted his own Titanic," Café Jack's manager Christie Ne told Vice. It's safe to say the dishes, from the Titanic Roll (with spicy tuna) to the Cafe Jack dukbokki (a flat rice cake with assorted veggies) weren't inspired by the menu aboard the doomed oceanliner. Photo courtesy of Cafe Jack/Facebook.
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