By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterApril 13, 2018
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Deciding on where to grab a quick meal during the hours of the work day can often be a hassle, but Fort Rucker provides dining options that offer quick, quality meals at competitive prices.
The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers some of the best food around with unique dining experiences that shouldn't be overlooked, according to Hugo Siegel, DFMWR business operations officer.
"There is a misconception that just because there isn't a drive-through option, that we're not quick service, but that's not the case," said Siegel, "and our prices are competitive with the outside market."
THE LANDING ZONE
One of the most popular dining options that has become a staple on Fort Rucker is The Landing Zone, located in Bldg. 113, which offers a sit-down experience with made-from-scratch meals at fast food speeds.
The Landing Zone offers Rapid Fire lunch specials Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which includes an entrée and two sides with a menu that changes daily.
"People can come in and get their food in minutes," said the business operations officer. "A lot of people only have 30-45 minutes (for lunch) … and we understand the quicker we can get it out the better. The convenience is right there."
In addition to the Rapid Fire menu, The Landing Zone offers up a full menu that includes burgers, wings, a variety of sandwiches and salads, steak and seafood options, and even a dessert menu.
The Landing Zone is open Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with hours extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on The Landing Zone, call 255-0768.
Another option that is often overlooked for a quick lunch, where people can also take in a bit of recreation during their lunch hour, is Rucker Lanes, where the staff offers a full-menu snack bar complete with burgers and fries, a variety of sandwiches, an assortment of nacho selections and even artisan flatbreads.
"A lot of people think it's just a bowling alley, but it's a great option," said Siegel. "They are used to doing high volume, so they are a quick-serve option."
The bowling center also offers daily lunch specials, as well as a Lunch and Bowl special Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those who want to get in a couple games while they enjoy their lunch.
Rucker Lanes is open Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information about specials at Rucker Lanes, call 255-9503.
Divots Bar and Grille, located at Silver Wings Golf Course, is another often-overlooked option for lunch, said Siegel, but it offers some of the best views while dining on the installation.
Divots offers options ranging from hot dogs, wings, salads, sandwiches and wraps, and is a quick option for lunch, and is open Mondays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Fridays.
For more information on Divots Bar and Grille, call 255-0088.
Mother Rucker's, another staple on the installation, offers a unique dining experience in a sports bar setting. Catering to those 18 and older only, Mother Rucker's is open Mondays-Saturdays from 4-11 p.m. and Sundays from 4-9 p.m.
The staff offers signature food options, like Mother's Monster Nachos, which are meant to serve multiple people, as well as a variety of burgers, wings and sandwiches, and also features its X-Fit menu providing healthier options.
For more information on Mother Rucker's, call 255-3916.
In addition to dining options, DFMWR also offers multiple locations where people can satiate their caffeine needs with The Coffee Zones, of which there are three, located in the atrium of Bldg. 5700; Lyster Army Health Clinic; and The Landing Zone. Hours of operation for all Coffee Zones are Mondays-Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landing Zone location.
With options like these, people should have no problem filling their cravings when it comes to meal time, said Siegel.
"We're selling customer experiences, as well as a high-quality product -- that's our goal," he said.
For a complete menu list for all DFMWR dining facilities, visit https://rucker.armymwr.com/promos/menus-weekly-specials.