Breakfast At The Airport – C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant

People very rarely associate airports with good food but walk into the small Vero Beach Regional Airport terminal on a Sunday morning and you will probably find people waiting for a table at C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant. Knowing that no commercial flights have taken off from the airport in years, you might wonder why the restaurant has a waiting list for a table.

C. J. Cannon's Restaurant At The Vero Beach Regional Airport

C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant At The Vero Beach Regional Airport

The Vero Beach Regional Airport

The Vero Beach Regional Airport

This popular restaurant describes its decor as “vintage”. If you are an aviation enthusiast, take time to look at the kitschy lobby decorated with large model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, retro aircraft memorabilia and photos of famous people hung on the walls of the restaurant.

Flight Attendant Mannequin In Old Phone Booth

Lobby Of C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant With An Old Phone Booth And Flight Memorabilia

C. J. Cannon's Restaurant Is Decorated With Model Planes and Memorabilia

C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant Is Decorated With Model Planes And Retro Aircraft Memorabilia

While lots of airports have vendors selling fast food, C. J. Cannon’s has been serving its customers reasonably priced, homestyle southern cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner for just over 30 years. Regulars are called by name and come in often for the good food as well as the restaurant’s views. Large windows in the main dining room look out at well manicured, palm laden grounds and the runways of the airport. As you watch the takeoffs and landings of airplanes at this small airport, you can appreciate the short wait it might take for a booth next to the windows.

Large Windows Look Out At The Airport Runways At C. J. Cannon's Restaurant

There Might Be A Wait For A Booth With Views Of The Airport Runways

For our early morning breakfast this weekend, my husband enjoyed sunny side up fried eggs, crispy corned beef hash, grits and rye toast, one of his favorite morning meals.

Crispy Corned Beef Hash, Fried Eggs And Rye Toast

Crispy Corned Beef Hash, Fried Eggs And Rye Toast, My Husband’s Favorite Breakfast

Florentine Eggs Benedict With Grilled Tomatoes, Sautéed Spinach And Hollandaise Sauce

Florentine Eggs Benedict With Grilled Tomatoes, Sautéed Spinach And Hollandaise Sauce

I had a delicious Florentine Eggs Benedict…perfectly poached eggs on top of toasted English muffins with grilled tomatoes, sautéed spinach and topped with a light Hollandaise sauce. Our coffee cups were frequently refilled by our pleasant waitress. It was a perfect breakfast as far as we were concerned. For lunch, my husband can’t resist ordering the Ruben sandwich with sweet potato fries while I have ordered the chili topped with shredded cheese, some of the homemade soups and their Cobb salad on previous visits.  We’ve not had dinner at the restaurant but I’ve heard people like their fish fry and prime rib dinners.

Many pilots fly their own airplanes here for breakfast or lunch, especially over the weekend. While my husband and I were having breakfast, several small private planes and jets were parked just outside the restaurant windows. One couple came in wearing flight suits and helmets, had breakfast and then walked back out to the tarmac, climbed into their ultralight aircraft and flew off towards a beautiful view of Vero Beach.

Ready To Take Off On A Ultralight Aircraft After Breakfast At C.J. Cannon's Restaurant

Ready To Take Off In An Ultralight Aircraft After Breakfast At C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant

During the winter months, the airport runways can be very busy and when looking out the windows of the restaurant you’ll see Gulfstream, Bombardier, Citation, Challenger and Falcon Jets, ranging in size from 6 seater to 16 seater, taking off and landing. Vero Beach is reported to have the fourth largest concentration of wealthy residents in the U.S. Many of the passengers arriving and departing from the airport are the wealthy seasonal residents that live in the private communities on the barrier island that is divided from mainland Vero Beach by the Indian River Lagoon.

The airport has certainly changed over the years. In the 1930’s, the small municipal airport was used by Eastern Airlines and then it became the Vero Beach Naval Air Station in 1942 where it trained both men and women from the Navy, Marines, and WAVES. It was also used as a Marine Air Squadron Base and training facility for pilots.

Historic Marker In The Gardens Of The Vero Beach Regional Airport

Historic Marker In The Gardens Of The Vero Beach Regional Airport

After your meal at the restaurant, walk out into the well manicured gardens and you will find a historical marker dedicated to the memory of the men and women who trained at the airport to help keep our country safe. There is also a memorial courtyard detailing history of the airport, including a plaque listing people who died during training at the former World War II Naval Air Station.

Historical Marker

Historical Marker

The last commercial flights from the airport were in 1990’s when American Eagle flew for less than one year. Besides being used for private and charter flights, today the airport is also home to Piper Aircraft and the Flight Safety Academy, one of the world’s leading flight training schools. We have seen lots of young pilots at the restaurant having lunch, many of them speaking languages from around the world.

Elite Airlines Will Fly From Vero Beach Regional Airport To Newark, NJ

Elite Airlines Will Fly From Vero Beach Regional Airport To Newark, NJ

It has been almost 20 years since regular commercial passenger service was offered at Vero Beach Airport. Now Elite Airways is going to start regularly scheduled passenger service this month between Vero Beach, Fl and Newark, NJ a couple of times a week. One of their planes has been sitting near the restaurant while the terminal is being  altered slightly for passenger check in and security. One thing that won’t change in the terminal building is the 1935 Piper Cub airplane suspended from the ceiling in the facility. If the new passenger service proves successful, perhaps my husband and I will use the airline next year to fly from Vero Beach to Newark and then on to Europe.

1935 Piper Cub Suspended From The Ceiling Of The Vero Beach Airport Terminal

1935 Piper Cub Suspended From The Ceiling Of The Vero Beach Airport Terminal

Wealthy or not, whether living on the barrier island or the mainland, we all get to enjoy the mild climate and small town charm of Vero Beach. Part of that charm is having a nice meal at the casual C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant while watching airplanes take off and land. With its large and reasonably priced menu and friendly service by a wait staff that welcomes you back each time you return, you realize you can indeed have a good meal at an airport, at least at the Vero Beach Regional Airport.

This is the first article in a series that I will be writing about my town of Vero Beach. As a new resident, I’ll be discovering all there is to love about this small city located on what is called the Treasure Coast of Florida. I hope you will follow along.

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158 Responses to Breakfast At The Airport – C. J. Cannon’s Restaurant

  1. Mad Dog says:

    How fantastic – that place has a lot of charm 🙂

  2. What a great place to have as a local restaurant. Look forward to reading more about Vero Beach! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, It really is a good place for a restaurant with built in entertainment. I’m happy that you like that I’ll be doing a series on Vero Beach. With all the traveling you do, who knows…you may decide to cross the pond and visit someday. 😀

  3. Cathy says:

    I love that kind of vintage style with all the pictures and exhibits creating the right atmosphere. I certainly will follow your discoveries Karen, and hope you start to feel ‘at home’ soon!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, I agree with you about restaurants that share some history with us…they do have a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’m happy to know that you are interested in the series about our new home and I appreciate your nice wish, thank you.

  4. This is the coolest restaurant ever… love the vintage interior. Imagine being a private pilot and just dropping in for lunch, that is so unique.. I am glad you are finding yourself at home in your new surroundings. Take care

    • Karen says:

      Oh yes Bobbie, it would be fun to fly in to have lunch. I’ve read that pilots say they are going for “a hundred dollar hamburger”. 😀 We are enjoying our new home and discovering all that Vero has to offer, thank you.

  5. There’s a couple of small airports near us that have reputations as having great restaurants, too. A growing trend? (I’d have the benedict, too, Karen!)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, Perhaps it is a growing trend…watching planes take off and land is rather entertaining. The benedict was delicious, I’d definitely order it again.

  6. Definitely looks like a nice place to enjoy a delicious breakfast, and you don’t even have to go through security. 🙂

  7. Hurrah Karen! You have arrived! I must admit new lifestyle envy…and will greatly enjoy your posts. Do you have a FLA real estate agent you could suggest? Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, We are all settled into our house…of course, lots of decorating still to be done. I’m happy to know you are looking forward to our new Florida adventures. I believe I have the best real estate agent in the world…my daughter who lives and hour and a half away from us. 🙂

      • Lucky you on many counts! While you are busy decorating, I am installing 17 new shrubs in the front border…by myself…all three gallon containers, and tough clay soil. OMG! Then comes the rock mulch…so you see what I will be up to this winter! Send sun and warmth! 😉

  8. Florentine Eggs Benedict look fantastic! Seems like you visited a fantastic restaurant!

  9. Monique says:

    Great idea a series on your new town..it will help us discover it through your eyes..I used to love a great Reuben..mmm…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Monique. I am going to enjoy sharing our new town with all my friends…I’m glad you like the idea. I think I could safely say that a Reuben is my husband’s favorite sandwich.

  10. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, I know I will like your new series, love to hear more about your new city, restaurants and beaches.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, It makes me happy to know my friends are going to like this new series and I appreciate your kind words. When we moved from New England, I was worried I might lose some of my readers. Hopefully everyone will enjoy our adventures in Florida.

  11. Gosh what fun, what fun! I’d love to have breakfast, lunch AND dinner there. There is something magical about aircraft, isn’t there. And … yes .. maybe it’s time for you to get some flying lessons, huh?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, It is a fun restaurant and we’ve been for both breakfast and lunch but not dinner as yet. My father wanted me to take flying lessons with him but my mother had the last word and that was “no” for both of us. 😀

  12. How informative. You are right I would never think to go to the airport to have breakfast or any other meal. Looks like you found a great spot.

    • Karen says:

      I agree with you Jovina, you don’t think about going to an airport just to have a meal. We are happy we heard about C. J. Cannon’s…it has good food and of course, it has the bonus entertainment. 🙂

  13. Larry says:

    How great would that be to fly over to Vero Beach for a meal. Your meals both look delicious and after looking over the menu, I know I’ll stop there if ever in the area again – wish I’d know about it when we were in Okeechobee last winter – of course we would have just driven over 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, I was thinking about you as I was writing this post as I know how much you enjoy a good breakfast. I do hope that you get this way again so that we can meet and share a meal together. Now if you replaced that beautiful RV of yours with a plane…… 😀

  14. Geek Goddess says:

    I like the Cirrus next to the ultra light 🙂 My friend is a GA pilotl. The Southern Flyer restaurant at the Brenham TX (home of Blue Bell) airport is famous among pilots for their food, especially the burgers, and regularly wins ‘Best of the Best” from the 100 Dollar Hamburger survey, a book that pilots use to read and rate diners at GA airports.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Naomi, The Cirrus was a nice plane. After seeing the one floating down on its parachute on TV the other day, I bet a lot of pilots wish they had a Cirrus. I haven’t been to Brenham (I’m a Texas girl) in years but I bet the Flyer is good.

  15. lulu says:

    I guess this post answers my question about your being in Florida, and I know you will make it all very interesting with your posts and photos. Mickey and Phil share fondness for the same breakfast.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Yes we moved last month and are getting settled in. I’m glad to know that you will be following along. I agree, our two husbands have lots in common…especially when it comes to food. Say “hello” to your sweet husband for us.

  16. kitchenriffs says:

    Will love reading all about Vero Beach! Don’t know much about it, so will be happen to see it through your eyes. Fun idea! And this breakfast looks wonderful. And it reminds me it’s been ages since I’ve had rye toast. Now I’m starved for some! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, I’m happy to know you will be reading the posts I do about Vero Beach, it is a lovely small beach town. If I don’t have an English muffin with my breakfast, I’ll always order rye toast.

  17. What a wonderful post, I’m dreaming about a Florida vacation! And making a big brunch breakfast this weekend! Corned beef hash was a favorite of my mom’s, of the sweet memories.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Deb. If you are planning a trip to Florida, I believe you would enjoy Vero Beach as one of your stops. I’m happy that this post brought back nice memories. 🙂

  18. Excellent vignette. Glad you are exploring your new home.

  19. I’m not sure which breakfast I want more. Delicious looking meal and beautiful location 🙂

    Sues

  20. That sounds really wonderful. Lucky you!!! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fatima, I do think we were lucky when we discovered the restaurant at the airport…the food is very good and it is not too far from where we live.

  21. Nice article. I’m looking forward to touring the city through your eyes. By the way, how is your foot/ankle doing? Are you back on full throttle?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jill, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and will be following along on our adventure in Florida. My foot gives me very little pain as long as I wear flat shoes…nothing girlie in my future but that is OK. Thank you so much for asking!

  22. Heather says:

    I love restaurants like that! Denver has one just like this at the private jet airport- not that Im flying private jets but I do go to eat! Also, the airport in Zurich has restaurants that would blow your mind! Looks like a great trip!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather, I’m glad that you have a similar restaurant in Denver. We have flown in and out of the Zurich airport and it is a wonderful facility but I can’t remember if we ate at any of their restaurants.

  23. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures exploring Vero Beach. 🙂 It sounds lovely.

  24. what lovely place, love these pictures!!

  25. We have a hidden restaurant at our small airport too, but without the rich history like you have! What s gem!

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad to hear that you have a nice restaurant at your airport too, Sandra. Yes, there certainly is a lot of history at our little airport.

  26. What a great place (and great food too!) I love all things old and vintage, my best buddy and I had our 40th birthday party at an old aerodrome – in the booking hall in fact. It’s been used to film some episodes of things like Poirot (Agatha Christie) in the past 🙂 Lovely to know that we’re going to find out more baout your new home town!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I’m happy that you will be following along as we explore our new town. Your birthday party sounds like so much fun…that is terrific.

  27. lifeincharente says:

    Love the décor and the food looks really good. Enjoy while you can. Diane

  28. Oh, this restaurant looks SO great! My uncle flies planes as a hobby, and he would absolutely love this place — both the food and the theme/surroundings. My toddler would also be absolutely enthralled by it — so much so that she probably wouldn’t eat a bite, ha! Really cool – I’m glad you shared this!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and I appreciate your nice comment, thank you. How nice that your uncle has such a wonderful hobby. I’m sure he would really enjoy the restaurant.

  29. What a fun place to visit! I know a few aviation enthusiasts and they absolutely adore this place! 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lorraine, I’m sure your friends would indeed enjoy the restaurant if they are aviation enthusiasts…there is much to see scattered throughout C. J. Cannon’s.

  30. So nice to read a post about Vero Beach – we stayed near there on our first trip to Florida and loved the area. Very charming. Really enjoyed reading your article, your photos are great, and the breakfast options look scrummy! Glad you are settled in now – how wonderful for you both!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Colleen, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. Vero Beach really is a charming little town. I know we are going to enjoy living here…yes, we are definitely getting settled in. Thank you for your nice comment.

  31. Wonderful kick off to your series about your new home town! I’m looking forward to reading more about Vero Beach as you continue to explore…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Jean. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and will be following along on our new adventures in Vero Beach.

  32. Debra Kolkka says:

    What a great place. I think you might become regulars. I look forward to seeing more of your town.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I know we will be regulars, one of the waitresses already recognizes us when we come in. I’m happy to know that you will be following along…the little town of Vero Beach has a lot to offer.

  33. Darlene says:

    I look forward to more posts about your new home town. I love the restaurants at small airports. This one sounds fabulous. I haven´t had grits in a long time. Now I´m hungry!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darlene, I’m happy that you are looking forward to my posts about our new home in Florida. You are right, we really do like the restaurant. I grew up eating grits and I haven’t had them in a long time either. Living in the south now, I can see lots of grits in my future. 🙂

  34. Norma Chang says:

    So glad to learn that you have settled into your new home and enjoying your new hometown. What a fun restaurant, just finished dinner but I could still polish off that Florentine Eggs Benedict. Looking forward to reading about your Vero Beach discoveries.

    • Karen says:

      Yes Norma, we are getting settled into our house and it is coming together nicely. The Florentine Eggs Benedict were delicious and I’ll definitely be having them again. Thanks for following along with the series about Vero Beach.

  35. ramblingtart says:

    How fun! I visited a restaurant like this at the San Jose Airport in California. It was such an interesting setting chock full of history and people-watching. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krista, Aren’t restaurants like this fun. I agree with you, it is nice when the history of something is kept alive with memorabilia that is so interesting.

  36. Eva Taylor says:

    Your story about the restaurant at the airport reminded me of my father in law, he loved flying in to the small, remote airports for lunch but I suspect the food wasn’t up to your restaurant. He flew until he was 80 and then he sold his Lake Buckaneer (amphibian) but he still drove to these little airports with crappy snack bars for lunch. He just turned 91.
    I had an eggs florentine last Sunday at brunch and it was wonderful, yours looks great. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in your new city.

    • Karen says:

      Good bless your father in law Eva, it sounds like he has led a very adventurous life…may he have many more. I’m happy to hear that you will be following along with the posts to introduce everyone to the new town we have chosen for our new home.

  37. What a fabulous place to have breakfast. I’d probably end up with a crick in my neck from watching the planes take off. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, We really do like starting a Sunday morning with breakfast at C. J. Cannon’s…the food is really good and we get to see the comings and goings of the aircraft.

  38. This sounds delightful, breakfast with entertainment! I would love to sit all day and watch the planes land and take off. I might even order breakfast twice!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, You wouldn’t have to order breakfast twice, you could order lunch and then finish with dinner if you stayed all day. They even have a happy hour with two for one drinks. 😀

  39. Liz Berg says:

    What a fun spot to dine! I think my husband and I would be delighted with the same breakfasts you two ordered!

  40. Jane says:

    I love a good comfortable airport, one that thinks of the people having long waits. A great restaurant is a blessing and this one looks awesome. Oh—the food, I would want to linger over these meals!

    Jane x

  41. Gerlinde says:

    Thanks for sharing your new home with us . It looks lovely and entertaining. I can’t wait for more stories from Florida. Oh boy, do I love eggs florentine.

  42. How interesting to read about this. Eggs Benedict is my favourite breakfast to order when eating out 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, I glad that you thought the post about our airport and the restaurant was interesting. We felt so true when we discovered them. Thank you for your nice comment.

  43. The climate where I live is very similar to Florida so it doesn’t seem all that different to where I lived in Central Florida. That restaurant sounds really nice and I prefer your breakfast over the husband’s. I look forward to more hometown stories!

    • Karen says:

      I believe you are right Maureen, about our climate being similar. I know you would enjoy the eggs Florentine, they were delicious. I’m happy that everyone is interested in learning about our new hometown…it certainly is going to be a new lifestyle. 🙂

  44. Barbara says:

    Such a fun post, Karen. There ARE airports that I love visiting…not many, but some. Vero is a great example. Always have loved Charlotte too. Perhaps we should do a blog on favorite airports!

  45. missemzyy says:

    Wow!! What a clever idea for a cafe! The food looks delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emma, My husband and I really thought so too. It is very popular…I think both for the atmosphere as well as the food. Thank you for your visit!

  46. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    What a beautiful and charming place! I love that egg Benedict!

  47. Oh, this place sounds great! Fried eggs and crispy corned beef hash – nothing better!

  48. Love the picturesque restaurant with its distinctive decor and comforting food. Because I am a fan of both grits and eggs, I would have had what your husband ordered. Enjoy the sunny Florida!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise, This is definitely the place in town for comforting, homestyle cooking. My husband thought his breakfast was great. Next time he said he was going to try chicken and waffles. 🙂

  49. Ruth says:

    Wow, now that’s something to write home about! Oh wait, that is your home now 😉 Let’s see, it’s got delicious breakfast, a beach, warm weather, and fascinating people and things to watch. Lucky!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ruth, You gave me a smile with your comment. Yes, this is our home now even though I keep mentioning “home” when I talk about our New Hampshire house…that will take a while to get used to. We do think we are lucky and are enjoying every minute exploring our new town. 😀

      • Ruth says:

        Just think…no heavy layers and coats for you and the Mr. this winter…man we’re all going to be even more jealous. Can’t wait to see how you dress up the new house for Christmas this year.

  50. aFrankAngle says:

    What a fun post … and cheers to the restaurant’s success with the locals! – especially at an airport without commercial service. So how did you find out about it?

  51. mjskit says:

    Looks just how my husband described it. He flew in there to go to our nephew’s wedding. He love Vero Beach! Hopefully, I’ll make it out there some day because that breakfast looks pretty awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, It is nice to know that your husband has flown into our little airport. I do think you would love the town and hopefully you both get a chance to visit together…it would be nice to meet you.

  52. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s a beautiful building and I’m so glad it wasn’t pulled down when the airport was closed. I love how people with their own planes can fly them to this airport to have breakfast at the restaurant. Your Eggs Florentine looks very good. I do love buildings like this that have such a rich history xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, The airport has changed over the years but it is a lovely small facility that has retained and appreciated its long history. The Florentine eggs were great, I’ll be having them again.

  53. Gretchen says:

    This is so our style. I have a hubby and three boys who are all aviation enthusiasts. My husband would probably order the same as your husband!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gretchen, I do think that your gang would indeed enjoy the airport restaurant…it is really a fun spot to visit and the food is very good.

  54. Sophie33 says:

    We will be following you along, of course, Karen! I loved this cool original post!
    Thanks for the tour & that restaurant sounds ideal to me! The perfectly poached eggs Benedict looked amazing & very appetizing too! x

  55. Kristy says:

    I’m very much looking forward to learning more about Vero Beach through your eyes Karen. Always fun to discover new places. And your breakfast is definitely one of my favorites! I can’t resist a good Benny.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, I think you and your family would really enjoy Vero Beach…think of a warm, flat, and not rocky Maine. There is a different kind of lobster, good shrimp and fish and pretty beaches. 😀

  56. libraryselkie says:

    I very much love the history and good food with this post! All the best in your new home. We have been blessed with warm New England weather these past weeks!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mary, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post…there is a lot of history in this area. Thank you for your nice wish, we are slowly getting settled into our home and I think we will really be happy. I do miss fall in New England…there is nothing quite like it.

  57. Debra says:

    The history adds a really nice layer of interest to a lovely location for a meal! It must be quite nice to begin discovering features of a new home town. And you should have a mild winter climate in which to continue your investigations. 🙂 I don’t know Vero Beach, but I grew up hearing about it as the city where our Major League Baseball team, the Dodgers, traveled to spring training. I think that changed a few years ago, but it’s such a familiar city name. I’ll look forward to other “special reports” from Vero Beach. Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, You are so right…we are having a great time discovering all that makes Vero Beach such a lovely and quaint Florida town. As much as I’m missing fall in New England, I do know that I won’t miss winter. Actually I’ll miss Christmas in New England very much, I just won’t miss Jan., Feb. and March. 😀 Dodgertown, where your team used to have their spring training is right across the street from the airport. I’ll definitely do an article about it as it is still plays a major roll in Vero Beach even if the Dodgers don’t come anymore.

  58. What an absolutely charming restaurant! I would wait for a window booth and be glued to the window watching the airplanes all day!

  59. Karen says:

    Hi Kathryn, I agree with you, it has so much atmosphere. Come for a visit and I’ll reserve a window booth for you. We’ll join you and watch those planes as we enjoy a meal. 🙂

  60. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Dear Karen, what a wonderful blog post – with all that incredible atmosphere, this certainly looks like a special place to visit!

  61. I have some family members who would love this airport – a brother-in-law retired from Southwest Airlines as a pilot (fighter pilot in Iraq too) and then bought his own plane. Three of the four kids also have their licenses. One nephew loves airport food, especially somewhere in Tennessee 🙂 I will have to ask them about it as they have a home near Orlando.

  62. Sounds like the most perfect place. I think my children would love it as well, and might sit quite still in awe of watching the small planes take off and land. Looking forward to reading about your other discoveries.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laila, I do believe your little ones would have a great time at the airport. I’m happy that a you enjoyed the post and are going to be following along as we discover all that our area has to offer. Thank you.

  63. What a lovely airport, Karen. Normally one wouldn’t think of going to an airport restaurant for a meal, unless one was actually flying. I really does look charming, and the food looks so delicious. I’m so glad that you’re happy in your new town. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, I agree with you about not thinking of heading to an airport unless you are flying. The good homestyle cooking seems to be a real draw at C. J. Cannon’s. We are indeed happy with our move…thank you.

  64. I love it! Here in Norman, OK where I live there is a great diner inside our little airport. We go there on Sunday mornings for Breakfast and Lunch during the week sometimes – it’s great! Who knew there could be great places to eat inside old airports! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, It sounds like your airport diner is very similar. That’s how my husband describes Vero’s airport restaurant. It has a large menu and good homestyle cooking.

  65. Daniela says:

    What a charming post, Karen.
    It would have never occurred to me that in an airport restaurant you could have such great food and lovely atmosphere. Looking forward to your discoveries in your new hometown.

  66. Very charming place! The breakfast looks fab!

  67. Cecile says:

    Great photos of a truly charming place. And – I’m so envious of you… living in beautiful Vero Beach! It seems that you’ve settled in nicely. You Go Girl !! ; o )

  68. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen, this is indeed such a nice cute airport…I love the decor for the restaurant…and the food looks delicious.
    Enjoy your week 🙂

  69. Karen says:

    Thank you for your wish Juliana, We are having a very nice week as we have friends from up north visiting. I think we will probably be taking them over the the airport for a meal because the food really is good.

  70. Looks like an excellent breakfast but what a very cool place to sit and enjoy the meal. That is the coolest decor ever!

  71. ladyfi says:

    What a delightful place!

  72. who knew? it’s so unusual to find really good food in an airport. I’ve heard that One Flew South in the Atlanta airport is an excellent upscale restaurant—although I’ve never been. we look forward to learning more about your Vero Beach finds. Nancy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, It is true that usually you just get an OK meal at an airport. Thanks for the heads up about the Atlanta restaurant. I’m happy that you are looking forward to learning a little about our new town as we discover new places to visit.

  73. This is so interesting and I am looking forward to hear more about your new home of Vero Beach.

  74. Velva says:

    This was really interesting. A great restaurant in a small municipal airport. I thought this post was very cool. Looks like soon one of the big boys will be flying out of Vero Beach.

    Hope you enjoy your time in Vero Beach

    Velva

  75. Karen says:

    Thank you for your nice compliment, Velva…I’m happy that you enjoyed the post about Vero’s restaurant out at the airport.

  76. What a charming restaurant, Karen! It’s like stepping back in time to a kinder, gentler place. I love the look of your Eggs Benedict and what a grew view it must be from the window tables.

  77. Those breakfasts look delicious, and what a great restaurant. I love small airports, and it’s nice to hear this one is so active.

  78. Gallivanta says:

    What a lovely setting, and great that such an historic airport is still being put to good use. Looking forward to more stories from your new town. Has your leg healed well?

  79. lvaletutto says:

    Wow, your eggs Benedict looks fabulous. I’m glad you two are having fun discovering the culinary delights and sights of your new town.

  80. restlessjo says:

    Nice to see where you have ‘landed’, Karen 🙂 Looking forward to more tales of Vero Beach. Glad you’re settling in.

  81. Loved seeing this beautiful vintage little airport…a slice of heaven.

  82. cakespy says:

    Who knew! This looks like a gorgeous experience – like flying used to be, in my most idealized daydreams. The breakfast looks freaking incredible!

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