Ultralight Café information
An Israeli restaurant run by a Utila native named after a doomed flying machine – you know there’s a story here. Joya, the owner, leased her burger joint to an Israeli couple, who switched from hamburgers to hummus, but were mainly interested in flying their ultralight. They were better chefs than pilots though: the ultralight crashed (no one was hurt) while the restaurant took off – the aircraft’s propeller still hangs in the little wood eatery. Joya returned, the Israelis left, and Joya planned to go back to burgers. But the Israelis’ kitchen assistant had memorized all the recipes and convinced Joya to stick with shakshuka (a popular Israeli egg dish), falafel, sabich (a pita sandwich) and what is still the best fresh pita bread in Central America.