Fly & Dine: Airport Steakhouse at Hutchinson Municipal Airport

Good eats abound at this Midwestern fly-in destination.

Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Where can you see Virgil “Gus” Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft, touch a Redstone Nuclear Warhead and fill up on a charcoal grilled Cowboy cut bone-in rib eye steak? The answer is Hutchinson, Kansas.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Landing at the bustling Hutchinson Municipal Airport (KHUT) is convenient and relatively easy. KHUT is a towered airfield with three runways (including two crosswind runways), a plethora of precision and non-precision instrument approaches and a centralized location just three miles from downtown.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
On the west side of the airport, near transient parking, is The Airport Steakhouse. The tail section of a yellow Piper Cub sticking out of the wall above the entrance makes sure you know that this is an airport restaurant.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
As the name suggests, this local institution is all about meat. Owner Kevin Bowen has been tossing Cobb salads and charcoal grilling corn-fed, Midwestern choice beef for over 20 years.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
The Airport Steakhouse offers what New York Chef David Walzog calls “utter predictability” chophouse fare. A standard, uncreative menu does hold flavorful surprises.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
In the how can fried foods be bad category, the large, crispy Fried Onion Rings ($4.99 & $6.59) lived up to their hype. These jumbo rings are crisp, tender, a tad bit acidic and slightly sweet without being greasy.
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
Hutchinson Municipal Airport
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