Next Stop ... Dinner: Transportation-Themed Restaurants

Holiday travel can be stressful, but not if your journey is to one of these transportation-themed restaurants from Food Network Magazine.
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The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs

This military tanker once circled the globe refueling other planes, but today the Boeing KC-97 is used for refueling of a different kind. A former pilot bought the decommissioned plane from the government (he had to agree not to sell it to a foreign country) and turned it into a Colorado restaurant.

The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs

Whether you snag a seat onboard or in the main dining room (called "The Terminal"), you'll have a high-flying experience: Servers wear military-style uniforms and serve dishes like Air Tower Nachos and, of course, wings. 1665 North Newport Rd., Colorado Springs; theairplanerestaurant.com

Bliss' Hot Rod Grill in Florence, Ore.

As a way to attract attention on the West Coast's famous Route 101, Hot Rod Grill owner Gene Bliss chopped 10 vintage cars in half and mounted them on the roof of his restaurant. It worked: The cool sets of wheels and 10-inch-wide burgers turned the nostalgic eatery into a popular pit stop. The inside is packed with more auto-themed antiques — even the cash register stand (it's made from a '55 Chevy). Call ahead to score the most sought-after booths, built into two classic Fords. 1179 Highway 101, Florence, OR; 541-997-6726

Parachute Inn in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Of all the planes at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport, only one is worth boarding for the food alone: A former Southwest Airlines jet now serves as a dining room for the airport's comfort-food restaurant, Parachute Inn. (The Boeing 737 was a gift from a neighboring business that refurbishes old planes.) Workers lopped off one wing and attached the plane to the restaurant, but otherwise, they kept it pretty much intact, right down to the seats and overhead bins. 10 Skywatch, Walnut Ridge, AR; 870-886-5918

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kan.

If you sit down for a hash brown-topped hamburger or a chili cheese dog here, you won't see a waitress: Every meal gets delivered by a toy train, part of a wacky system that has been chugging along for nearly 40 years.

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kan.

Diners place orders from a phone at their table, then wait for model trains to lower the food from the rails above. The original location, in Kansas City, Kan., proved so popular, Fritz's now has outposts in Shawnee, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. Three locations; fritzskc.com