This is the first in a series of reviews of restaurants associated with airports. Speak to a private pilot and you may hear the term $100 Hamburger. This refers to flying somewhere for a quick bite at the local airport diner. The food isn't really $100, but the phrase comes from aviation lingo for flying to a nearby airport, within 1-2 hours flight time just to eat and then fly home. It was coined back when a 2-4 hour round-trip excursion used to actually cost only $100. Now, with rental and fuel, you could possibly call it the $500 hamburger, depending on where you live.
The first featured restaurant is a nearby favorite of mine, Pilot Pete's Bar and Grill Restaurant. The restaurant is located at 905 West Irving Park Road in Schaumburg, IL. ...
...Overall, Pilot Pete's is a great destination, whether you drive or fly to Schaumburg Regional Airport. For a private pilot in the Chicago area, looking to impress a friend or significant other, it's a close hop from all other area airports and provides a great, delicious dining experience. Just ensure you become familiar with the overlying airspace as Schaumburg Regional lies under the final approach path for O'Hare.
For the first review, I'd have to give Pilot Pete's a 4.5 out of 5.