As another small blue plane soared into the air, I sank my teeth into a decadent cheeseburger piled high with toppings, letting the juices run down my fingers as I watched the private plane’s ascent through the sky. The angular figure grew smaller and smaller until it disappeared completely as it headed north along the coast, hovering over the ocean, toward a destination I wouldn’t know never.
There are plenty of places with unique scenery to enjoy a meal in the Bay Area, but Pilot Light Cafe, a restaurant at Half Moon Bay Airport, is one of the few places in the area. from the bay where aviation nerds, enthusiastic kids or any other locals missing from a bygone era can enjoy lunch with a side of high-flying entertainment. The cheeseburger was good, a quintessential smashburger with a slightly thicker patty, topped with a high quality cheddar cheese, a generous slice of tomato, several pickle chips and a soft toasted bun, but the standout part of this dining experience is that it’s one you can’t have anywhere.