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Watching Planes Over Breakfast at the Midfield Cafe

It’s a hidden gem in Nashua, nestled on the edge of the runway at the Nashua Airport next to an airplane hangar, so there’s a good chance you’ve never paid a visit to Midfield Cafe. If so, you’re missing the most unique view Nashua has to offer over coffee and pancakes.

Midfield Cafe

Where: Midfield Cafe, 83 Perimeter Road, Nashua, NH 03063

Website: Midfield Cafe Facebook page

To get there, drive down Perimeter Road (it’s between the road for Daniel Webster College and the airport firehouse) and take a right into the parking lot. You’ll see this corner area:

Midfield Cafe

Follow the signs down the chain link fence.

This is the spot!

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Midfield is traditional diner food with classic breakfast and lunch options at affordable prices. It’s a popular spot for pilots with private planes who’ll fly to Nashua and then grab a bite to eat. The real reason to come here though, is the view of the busy runway.

Midfield Cafe

Midfield Cafe

That’s a solid fruit cup there. Not filled up with green melon the way some places do…

Midfield Cafe

HUGE pancakes.

Each table in the small cafe is next to a window overlooking the runway.  I was worried that any aircraft sightings might be far and few in between, but the diverse traffic at the active airport made for great entertainment. In the span of 30 minutes we watched:

  • an acrobatic plane maneuvering in the sky
  • a helicopter every few minutes
  • a $7 million jet casually pull up and park, with the pilot hopping out, maybe for lunch!

The airport is home to training, military, corporate and charter flights.

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And with the weather turning warm, grab a seat on their deck for the best spot for a clear view.

It was all high-flying fun for my nephew, who was thrilled by the decor: helicopters hanging from the ceiling, aircraft on the tablecloth, pictures of skydivers on the wall.

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To top it all off, they keep a treasure box for kids to pick out a prize at the end of their meal. No surprise, he picked a build it yourself glider.

Even if you’re not a kid, you’ll appreciate the change of pace eating at Midfield offers; a chance to mix it up and stare at planes instead of your phone. It’s also part of Nashua History. Boire Field is named after Nashua’s first casualty in World War II, Ensign Paul Boire. The cafe itself opened in 1954.

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P.S. The airport has a host of events for the public coming up this summer, including:

  • The Air Power History Tour June 8-12. Your ticket gets you a walk around tour (including inside the cockpit) and a chance to see the world’s only flying B-29.
  • Later in June the airport hosts their first “Home Built Fly-In” featuring experimental and hand-built aircraft.
  • In August they’ll be screening STAR WARS: The Force Awakens outside on the lawn. How cool does that sound?
  • August is also their “Wings and Wheels” event.

And if you want to learn more about Nashua’s role in aviation, don’t miss my post on the history of the FAA center.

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