A "Country" Find in Rural Marana - The Sky Rider Cafe

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A "Country" Find in Rural Marana - The Sky Rider Cafe

Yesterday my daughter and I got up early to get a bike ride in before the temps rose too high.  Our destination was the nearby Marana Airport, 5.8 miles away.  They have a little restaurant there called the Sky Rider Cafe.

(Every bike trip is better with a place to go TO!)

Sky Rider Cafe in Marana

The airport is one of those little municipal ones with the Cesnas and locally owned 2 and 3 seaters taking off.  We did have some jets practice out of there once, and the Blimp always "bunks" there during the Golf Classic.  It's a fun place to sit and eat and watch the planes touch and go. 

The waitresses know most everyone by name and you have a bit of a feeling of going back in time.

Airplane photos at Sky Rider Cafe

History, Airplane photos,  and Murals cover the walls, and the whole place is dotted with "balloon art".

Airplane mural at Sky Rider Cafe

We "shared" two menu items and ended up with coffee, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, cinnamon roll, and sliced tomatoes all for $10.

Lunch specials are priced similarly - it's a nice place to stop in for a bite when you're out exploring the country in rural Marana:  The Ironwood Forest and Reserve, cutting through Sandario Road from Kitt Peak, winding around the scenic trails of Saguaro Mountain Park. viewing the Petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, and so forth.

You can find the Marana Municipal airport at the corner of Avra Valley Road and Sandario Road, not ten minutes west off 1-10.

Rub elbows with the pilots and enjoy a bite "cafe" style at the Sky Rider Cafe.  No matter how you get there, for breakfast and lunch, it'll be open:  "Ate days a week"


If you'd like to see the neighboring subdivisions of rural Marana all within 10-15 minutes of the Sky Rider Cafe:

Gladden Farms
Rancho Marara
Ell West
Tierra Linda
Tierra Linda Nueva
Hunter Subdivision
White Fence Farms
Avra Ranchetts
La Vista Ranchettes
Manville Estates
Happy Acres
Desert View Estates
Montanas Del Sol
Saguaro Springs
Rancho Del Rio Estates
Vista Del Sol
Howrey Subdivision
Old West Ranchettes
Picture Rocks Estates
Rancho Del Norte
McAffee Subdivision
or even Continental Ranch and Reserve

just let me know!  I'm a Marana neighbor and I'll be happy to show you a bit of the "country" life!

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Cara, There aren't many of those little, independant ,old time restaurants left. Sounds like you had a great breakfast.

Jun 07, 2011 05:30 AM #1
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Cara, next time I come down, I'll have to take I-10 instead of the back roads through Florence.  I'll call you ahead of time and meet you - well, maybe not - puppies would be in the car, LOL.

Jun 07, 2011 06:02 AM #2
Barb & Sal Dragotta
Macomb, MI
Macomb County Michigan

Cara...the photos are great; the ambiance precious; the prices not too shabby either;  AND to top it all off, you both burned calories before & after eating. A great day all around.  Have a good rest of the week.


Jun 07, 2011 06:47 AM #3
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Donna - it reminded me of a little town restaurant in Casco, WI, back in the 70s, 80s, 90s...Casco Kitchen or some such thing. Population 381 at the time, I believe...  Only back then they made ALL their pies from scratch.

Juli - I'm sure we can work something out at any outdoor cafe setting...!  Let's do!

Barb - I also took an hour walk later in the evening...can't be too careful!

Jun 07, 2011 09:58 AM #4
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