I hear rumor that the best airport food in the world is in Portland, OR. Is this true? Anyone been there, Mr. Chips, Ralph Voss? Here is the link and the full article from Usairways Magazine march edition.
Link 15 Best Airport Bites
April White JFK John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City
Deep Blue Sushi
Yellowtail sashimi, Kobe beef tataki roll, miso-glazed seabass, and duck meatballs with foie gras — in an airport? Noted chef Michael Schulson breaks all the rules of jetway restaurants with his of-the-moment menu, cool blue decor, and a leisurely pace best for long layovers. For those with a less forgiving itinerary, there’s sushi-to-go at Deep Blue on the Fly. Find this fare in Terminal 5.
IAD Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Raise a glass to Vino Volo for catering to the wine-loving traveler with a notable wine list, a light menu, and a quiet escape amid the chaos of the concourse. Look for the wine bar on Concourses B and C. Not flying through Dulles? The successful concept has expanded to a dozen U.S. airports. vinovolo.com
CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Brookwood Farms BBQ
This is the kind of barbecue that evokes images of a seasoned pit master carefully tending ribs slow-cooking over smoldering charcoal — even amid the bustle of an airport food court. Find this great BBQ in the Atrium. brookwoodfarms.com
LaGuardia Airport, New York City
Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda
NYC butcher Pat LaFrieda brings the gourmet burger craze to LaGuardia, providing his signature ground beef blend for these affordable griddle-cooked patties. Bonus: the crisp fried pickles served up like french fries. Chow down in Terminal D.
MIA Miami International Airport
Known for its generous portions and lively dining room, La Carreta is a taste of Little Havana in Miami’s Concourse D. If the ever-present cafeteria line is as long as the one at security, order a pressed Cuban sandwich from the to-go counter. lacarreta.com
ORD Chicago O’Hare International Airport
The reason we’re planning a lunchtime layover at O’Hare: the warm, crisp Mexican tortas and fresh lime margaritas from celebrated Chicago chef Rick Bayless’s new Tortas Frontera. Give this hotspot a try in Terminal 1.
San Francisco International Airport
Anchor Brewing Company
Because you can’t leave without another pint of the city’s hometown beer, there’s Anchor Brewing Company’s airport outpost, pouring their small-batch brews until your final boarding call. Taste for yourself in Terminal 3. anchorbrewing.com
ATL Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
One Flew South
This fine eatery touts itself as “the first upscale dining experience at the world’s busiest airport.” And that would be correct. One Flew South whisks you away from the crowds into a serene space. If your schedule allows you to concentrate on the menu rather than the clock, indulge in pecan-dusted scallops, thyme-roasted pork belly, and a classy cocktail. There are to-go options if you aren’t lucky enough to have a long layover. Look for One Flew South in Concourse E. oneflewsouthatl.com
SEA Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Seattle chef Kathy Casey knows just what you’re craving en route: fresh and tasty sandwiches and salads. At Dish D’Lish’s airport locations, travelers on the run should know that everything can be packaged to go. Find this fresh fare in both the Central Terminal and the Ticketing Level in the Main Terminal. kathycasey.com
PHL Philadelphia International Airport
Chickie’s & Pete’s
At the airport outposts of this well-loved Philly sports bar, do as the natives do: Order up a lager and Chickie’s & Pete’s famous Old Bay–dusted “crab fries.” Or opt for a classic Philly cheese-steak. And if there’s a game on, feel free to boo the TV. Look for these great tastes in Terminals C, E, and A-West. chickiesandpetes.com
AUS Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The Salt Lick
The best souvenir of Austin? Sausage, ribs, and brisket from the city’s classic barbecue restaurant. Now you can enjoy it in the West Concourse. saltlickbbq.com
LAX Los Angeles International Airport
For more than 70 years, Pink’s hot dog stand has been an L.A. institution. The International Terminal may not have the same charm as the fabulously retro original in Hollywood, but it does have those deliciously messy chili cheese dogs.pinkshollywood.com
BOS Boston Logan International Airport
Legal’s Test Kitchen
You can enjoy excellent seafood sandwiches to go, but it doesn’t take much longer to settle into the dining room for a creamy cup of Legal’s Test Kitchen’s well-loved clam chowder. A wireless credit-card terminal lets you settle up quickly and catch your flight. Look for Legal’s in Terminal A. legalseafoods.com
CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Gold Star Chili
This chili is a Cincinnati staple — and it’s really good. Order a bowl three-way (with spaghetti and cheddar), four-way (add onions or beans), or five-way (all of the above). You’ll find this hearty meal in Terminal 3. goldstarchili.com
PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
The El Bravo in Phoenix’s Sunnyslope neighborhood is a must for any visitor, but its famed tamales are also available at the Phoenix airport in Terminal 4. It’s not unusual to spot someone packing a carry-on with a dozen tamales. One taste and you’ll do the same.
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