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Escape at Bessie's Diner with views and delicious food

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Bessie's Diner

Escape at Bessie's Diner with views and delicious food

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WREX) — If you're looking for a quick, local getaway, take a drive over the Stateline to Bessie's Diner. 

At the aviation inspired spot, you can look up into the clouds figuratively and literally. Located at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, it pays homage to famed Beloit pilot Bessie Raiche.

"Bessie was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, she was a woman of her time," says General Manager Melita Jensen. "In 1910 she took the first solo flight as a woman with no instruction."

That spirit of adventure Bessie had is evident in the restaurant with planes whizzing by right outside its windows.

"When you come in you will definitely see planes in and out outside our huge windows," says Jensen.

"Nothing better than [when] a little one walks through and first thing you're seeing them, 'mommy and daddy there's a plane out there!' Just their happy faces bright and early in the morning is awesome."

Pancakes and planes are a winning combination for families, and so is the rest of the menu. 

Bessie's prides itself on offering unique, seasonal specials like their fall menu: caramel apple pancakes, a caramel apple mimosa, homemade apple donuts and pumpkin spice coffee.

For lunch, you can grab chili cheese fries, a burger and other diner classics with an elevated take.

"People feel like we're special and one of a kind, we're not you're local diner, we're something a little more special," says Jensen.

From the view outside to the dining room inside, the restaurant provides an escape for patrons.

"We're kind of a little getaway away from town. You don't feel like you're in Janesville or Beloit area, you feel like maybe you're on a mini vacation for an hour or two."

So whether you're going for breakfast or lunch, head just over the Stateline for a high flying experience.

Bessie's Diner is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 1716 West Airport Road in Janesville.

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