Mile High Meals in Madison
Without a road sign or legible business address for 3606 Corben Court in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s amazing Pat O’ Malley’s Jet Room has any customers at all. And yet, on a random Tuesday morning in March chairs barely have time to cool between customers (roughly half having “just landed” before their meal).
Located in the Wisconsin Aviation building on the western expanse of the Dane County Regional Airport, a person might expect TSA clearance and orange juice served in 3 oz. increments (with a straw poking out of a clear, quart-sized Ziploc bag).
Stroll into the main entrance and you may be pleasantly surprised to find a celebrity entourage spread across the royal blue couches in the airy lobby. And the wall of windows. How many squeegees must it take to keep an entire building so full of sunlight?
Ask Pat or Pam O’ Malley about their restaurant and they’ll tell you it’s the “Madison’s best known secret.” In fact, they rely solely on word-of-mouth advertisement and a six page menu to keep customers hungry for more. President Obama even recently popped in on Air Force One.
The food is anything but “plane” at the Jet Room. Kids 10 and under can order from the Lil’ CoPilot Flight Plan. Our flight attendant delivered mickey mouse pancakes and french toast sticks, each $2.95 (drinks are extra). Between the paper airplanes and a backdrop aerial show, our meal appeared without anyone noticing a slight holding pattern.
If you’re a fan of Hollandaise sauce and poached eggs, you’ll want to have a “Benny at the Jet” (available in favorite, veggie, broccoli and bacon, crab cake, wild Alaskan salmon, and southern). Other fun choices are the Beef-52, The Landing Strip, Winglets, and Departure salads.
If you visit the Jet Room on the weekend, you’ll want to arrive at least 30 minutes before boarding your table. Turn onto Amelia Earhart Lane, and locate the parking lot using whatever instruments you have available. Read: print a map. Heck, once you find it, the “Jet” might be a mandatory layover on your next trip.
Pat O’ Malley’s Jet Room
3606 Corben Court
Madison, WI 53704