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Fat Wednesday: Creole/Cajun Lunch at Stinson Airport Cafe (Bernards)

We're pushing the envelope here because Bernards (bernardssa.com) is opening its second restaurant, this one here at Stinson Airport, on Monday the 11th of February (Fat Monday) and has a Fat Tuesday event going on February 12th, so hopefully everything will be operational and settled down by Wednesday the 13th.

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Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013: Everything is confirmed for 20 at 11:30 AM, so be sure to cancel (change your RSVP to "No") today if you are not going to be there tomorrow. That way people on the waiting list will have time to be notified. Thanks!

Note: So far it is a go. I am in communication with Mr. Bernard and he assures me they will be open on schedule. Please help me give him an accurate count by honoring your RSVP or changing it to "No" if you cannot attend. I am limiting attendees here, so if you fail to remove your RSVP you may be preventing someone else from attending. People on the waiting list will be automatically be RSVP'd as per their place in the queue, and will be notified by email that they have been promoted to the RSVP list.

Also, the restaurant will be located in the terminal building (the one you see in the picture here), on the runway side where the Patio Cafe used to be.

I talked to Mr. Bernard about seating us in the far corner where we have windows on two sides looking out over the apron and runways. Hope this works out, so I will arrive by 11 AM to get it organized.

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Berhards has a restaurant at Baptist University over by Palo Alto. Admittedly, I have not been there because I just now stumbled across it with the announcement of the Stinson location, so this may be a new experience for many of us.

If this works out, maybe we could have a Fat Wednesday lunch somewhere in S.A. about once a month. Mid-week noontime is pretty convenient for me, hope it is also for many others. If you are working, perhaps you can break away if the location is nearby.

This particular venue, Stinson, has a lot of charm, and the restaurant setting (formerly known as the Patio Cafe, which was nominally a Tex-Mex) is right out on the airport apron where you can see small aircraft taking off, landing and taxiing almost right up to the restaurant's windows. We have one member, Stan Pennington, who flies in for lunch now and then with some of his buddies who are members of the WW II Scout Plane squadron down at Cannon Field (which is just a short flight south of Stinson).

There are many historical pictures around the airport which give you a wonderful perspective on the development of Stinson, one of the oldest continuously operating airports in the United States, and Katherine Stinson's story is amazing as she pre-dates Amelia Earhart by a number of years. For example, she was the 4th woman granted a pilot's license in the United States. See the Wikipedia article on Katherine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Stinson

Since we are skating on thin ice timing this restaurant's opening, I will keep you informed if anything necessitates rescheduling this event to a later date. For now, so far, so good.

BTW, there is plenty of free parking on the other side (east side) of Mission Road opposite the Stinson terminal.

P.S. One of our hombres, Albert Motz, knows about everything there is to know about Stinson, having researched it thoroughly.

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P.S. They have $5.99 lunch specials, different each day, and this Wednesday it's Pasta with Bernard's Cajun Creole meatballs.

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  • Shirley K.

    Good food. Noisy. Good view of planes taking off. Fun people in our group.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great company. Service was a little slow.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    busy

    February 13, 2013

  • John(ny)

    Gets a 5 stars from me on accountta it's always nice seeing everyone. The fried catfish and jambalaya rice was superb, but I think Bernard's is in serious need of some attention to the acoustics in there. It was quieter outside where the helicopter was taking off - ha.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Karen

    Good food and company!

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good company madeup for the okay food and loud atmosphere. Overall I enjoyed it and would do it again. The cost can't be beat.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will check for openings in the am

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will love to join the group if space becomes available. ;-0

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to work.....this is my time to join and I hope that more get together a r after work hours

    February 10, 2013

  • Cray L.

    Looks like a good meetup but I have other commitments. Enjoy!

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun idea!

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is close to my house so I would like to attend. Katie Otten

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun! Hope my GPS finds it.

    February 3, 2013

  • Linda B.

    I am a little bit concerned about finding the place.

    February 2, 2013

  • John M.

    Just talked to Mr. Bernard, and he assures me they will be open as scheduled. I would like the count to be accurate, so if you cannot come and have RSVP', please RSVP "No" so someone else can attend.

    February 2, 2013

  • John(ny)

    Midweek noons work well for me too, and I love cajun / creole, cept for you can have the crawdeads.

    January 26, 2013

    • Sally R

      I'm with you 100%!

      January 26, 2013

  • John M.

    Whuh? No suk da heds?

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope they have good gumbo

    January 26, 2013

  • pat C.

    Bernard is a Katrina transplant. His first restaurant was in a former service station so you can see he has grown. Authentic cajun food.
    The express news did a big article on his restaurant several years ago.

    January 26, 2013

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