This weeks Cedar Rapids is as fly as it gets. We stopped by The Flying Wienie for a fast and scrumptious lunch.
The Flying Wienie's building was originally a gas station back in 1929. The structure retained its garage doors by integrating them as windows. Much of the interior echoes back to an earlier era, too, with wooden floors, original architectural elements, and vintage character.
Airplanes galore hang throughout The Flying Wienie. Parachutes and planes overhead. Vintage prints and flight posters. Vintage character is alive and well here, too. Arcade games, an old gas tank, and retro chairs. In the dining room, you can even play old-school PacMan or Mario while eating if you sit at one of the two arcade game tables.
The Flying Wienie serves up a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, and soups. They also make their own Brat, Italian, and Polish sausages. Haleigh ordered the (massive!) gyro and fries on the side, while I went for the famous Chicago Dog (a Vienna All-Beef dog topped on a fresh bun topped with mustard, dill spears, onion, tomatoes, relish, sport peppers, and celery salt) with fries. We also got to sample two soups: chicken & dumplings and beef & bean. Fast, filling, and delicious!
For the fans, The Flying Wienie even offers "Wienie Water" and lip balm sporting their catchy logo.
Have a hankering for a hot dog? The Flying Wienie is located at 103 8th Avenue SW (the corner of 1st Street and 8th Avenue, one block south of the police station) in Cedar Rapids. For more information and a look at the full menu, check out The Flying Wienie website.