We ate tacos at La Fortuna. We sampled olives at Granzella’s. And we observed large flocks of birds at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. It should be time to head back south to home. But it’s not. We have one more stop to make. At Nancy’s Airport Café in Willows.
“The café is decorated with historical photographs of airplanes…. Pilots fly in from afar for the good food; we are known among travelers and truck transport drivers, who always know where to get a good meal. Frequent customers include racers from Thunderhill Raceway, local farmers, Department of Forestry Service workers, seasonal hunters as well as the local Willows residents who have been coming to Nancy's Airport Cafe for years…” (nancysairportcafe willows.com).
Nancy’s was one of the stops when Chuck’s cousin Barbara and her friend from San Francisco made their mini “eating I-5” road trip. And a friend of Barbara’s friend (Or was it a friend of a friend of Barbara’s friend?) relayed a story about eating there one day and watching a small plane land on the runway and someone from the kitchen running out and handing the pilot an order of food. This gives new meaning to the concept of “take out.”
While we are waiting for our food to arrive, Chuck begins looking around the café for photo subjects.
We had our first broasted chicken shortly after moving to the Philadelphia area and during our two-year experiment in urban living. Down the corner and around the block was a small store-front broasted chicken take-out stand, and it was a regular Friday night dinner stop. To reach the store one had to pass by the truck from which a gentleman would be selling fruits and vegetables and, when sales slacked, preach the gospel through a bullhorn. (I am sure that I have told this story before, but I operate under no illusion that my words are forever etched in your memory.)
Anyway, how could Chuck not have realized the Nancy’s sells broasted chicken. There is a sign advertising it on the exterior of the building. There is a large poster just inside the doors. And, of course, the aforementioned large menu board. So while we are waiting, Chuck
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.