Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Oliver's on the Runway in Cahokia, Illinois, at the St. Louis Downtown Airport.
Winner of the IDOT Best Airport Food award, Oliver's on the Runway tempts taste buds with a menu chock-full of classic comfort food in a dining room adorned with aviation-themed décor. Hungry mouths can ingest a false sense of flight with a pound of crispy wings smothered in your choice of sauce ($6.79). The grilled smokehouse burger is hand-delivered and giftwrapped in cheddar, bacon, and barbecue sauce ($7.99), and well-behaved mashed potatoes and doe-eyed green beans cling to mom's meatloaf ($8.99). Embrace the savory tomato-sauce paradigm by noshing on a St. Louis–style thin-crust pizza ($5.99–$12.99), cheesier than a balding, middle-aged mozzarella ball driving a red Italian sports car.
The kid-friendly, wood-paneled dining room showcases the ups and downs of the airplane business with floor-to-ceiling windows that expose St. Louis Downtown Airport's runway. Parched patrons can sip a martini on the outdoor patio, which is protected from poltergeist-possessed helicopters by a wrought-iron fence and complimentary proton packs with ecto goggles.
Crusoe's on the Runway
Inside the St. Louis Downtown Airport, travelers excitedly bustle about on their way to distant destinations or emerge from vacations rested and ready to return home. The constant stream of action is all part of the experience for diners at Crusoe’s on the Runway, which combines the spectacle of air travel with hearty American meals. Whether they’re traveling or just stopping by for a bite, diners fill their bellies as they overlook two of the three runways from the airport’s east ramp. St. Louis–style pizza, steaks, and pastas satiate hunger pangs, along with comfort food such as Mom’s meatloaf and country-fried steak. As they watch Airbus A320 jetliners and lightweight Boeing 757 aircrafts launch into the sky and gently touch down on the runway from their tables, guests can hold up score cards to judge the pilots’ form.
East Saint Louis
10 Archview Dr.
Cahokia, Illinois 62206Get Directions