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Oct 11, 2004 04:29 PM

food at DCA; anything worth eating?

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45 minute layover at DCA, right at dinnertime. Should I pack a sandwich, or is something beyond fast food, fried cheese, or cinnabons available in such a time frame? TIA.

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  1. You might let folks know which airline you're flying. The food options vary quite a bit by terminal wing.

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    1. re: PollyG
      Hungry Celeste

      US Airways

    2. Below is a link to a Adobe PDF with pre and post security food. Legal Seafood, while certainly no Acme or Casamento's, isn't bad at all, though I've never been at the airport one, only D.C.

      Jerry's Sub's, a midsize D.C. chain has good subs and cheesesteaks.




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      1. re: KOK
        Hungry Celeste

        Thanks for the PDF; I just found it on my own a few minutes ago...what a handy reference. I've added it to my binder of airport info.

        1. re: KOK

          I've been to Legal Seafoods at National Airport 4 or 5 times over the last year, and found the food reliably good. It's at the far north end of the north terminal.

          1. re: moi

            Oops, should have said: it's a sit-down restaurant -- not so good for 45 minutes layover

            1. re: moi

              It's also OUTSIDE security, so you have to leave the terminal wing and re-enter.

              US Airways also has gates on two terminals, so you can't be sure where you'll actually be.

              If you only have 45 minutes, you're better off packing a sandwich...

        2. Matsutake outside security is not bad at all... while I would never trust airport sushi (they must be joking), I have had their tempura udon and enjoyed it.

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          1. re: Eric

            Matsutake is very good, and reasonable. My only choice when I need food at DCA.

          2. Suggest getting Legal Seafood's clam chowder to go, and simply eating it on the plane. It's pretty decent, and is vastly better than anything you'll get on the plane.

            1. Pack a lunch. Inside the terminals, the food choices are limited and not special. With only a 45 minute layover, you won't have time to go outside the terminals. (National often has very long waits through security.)