Airport Cafe

Burger joint with a view pops up in unexpected Dallas-area location

Burger joint with a view pops up in unexpected Dallas-area location

Radial Cafe, Grand Prairie Municipal Airport
We like our burgers with a view. Photo courtesy of Radial Cafe

A new restaurant in Grand Prairie offers views from here to the horizon with its burgers. Called Radial Cafe, it's located at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, giving diners a bird's-eye view of aircraft in the sky.

The airport is a city-owned public-use facility and is used mostly by smaller planes. But the parking is free, and you can get in and out a lot more easily than DFW Airport. It makes for a unique and close-by excursion, with burgers — and soon, beer and wine, too — to look forward to.

Radial is from Chad Ferrell, who owns Aviator Air, a flight school next door. The menu includes cheeseburgers, BLTs, chicken strips, a Caesar salad, fries, onion rings, tater tots, and milkshakes. The French fries are cut from fresh potatoes, and there are rice crispy treats for dessert.

Fans call it "a great airport cafe," where you can see a couple of planes every day and maybe even a helicopter, if you're lucky. If it's a cloudy day and people aren't flying, there are four TVs.

Also, as Yelper Kate V. points out, "You are likely to meet a friendly pilot, and if you play your cards right, you might get a tour or more knowledge than you ever wanted to know about general aviation."

A big date on the restaurant's calendar is January 10. "That's the day we'll be getting our permit for beer and wine," a spokesperson says. "It's a nice thing to look out our floor-to-ceiling windows with a glass of wine."