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Mile High Meals in Madison

Submitted by on April 9, 2010 – 12:50 pm2 Comments

What Crayons?

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 Wright Brothers Enjoying Coffee

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
(608) 268-5010


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  • Matt (aka "Uncle Muggo") says:

    I highly recommend the “Benny at the Jet” if you like eggs benedict.
    The kids will love the view of the aircraft taking off, landing, and taxiing to the flight line right in front of the restaurant. When a small jet taxied up infront of the restaurant, my 3-year old nephew was so impressed he yelled and ran to the window, smashed his face to the glass, and screaming to everyone in the restaurant about the airplane outside. All of the pilots drinking coffee/grabbing a bite between flights couldn’t stop laughing! Your kids can also watch the passengers come out of the planes, aircraft refueling, testing their flaps while doing pre-flight inspections, etc. Lots of model aircraft and aviation momentos in the restaurant make it almost like a museum for kids. There is also an old teletype/teleprinter machine for airport weather conditions on display in the lobby outside the restaurant that the kids were FASCINATED with. I guess kids nowadays have never seen typewriters and couldn’t stop pushing the buttons – makes me feel old. Beware: there is a jar of free cookies at nearby coffee mess that the kids will raid before they get into the restaurant!

    This is a lot more up-close and personal than your average big-city international airport. You can watch the larger jets from the runway, but you will be surprised at how excited your kids get over the smaller aircraft that come near the restaurant flight line….

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