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Jul 22, 2006 12:24 AM

Which airport in the U.S. has the best food?

Both in terms of selection and quality.

*Exclusive members clubs (e.g. Delta VIP lounge) do not count.

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  1. The Northwest Airlines terminal in Detroit is new and has some excellent food (sushi, for example).

    I've always liked the selection of food at O'Hare -- great Chicago style hot dogs at the Artists' Cafe (I think that's what it is called), plus outputs of Billy Goat, Reggio's pizza, many others.

    I had an excellent pulled pork sandwich at the Bloomington-Normal (Illinois) airport.

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    1. re: Darren72

      Isn't airport and "best food" an oxymoron!

      1. re: theflytyr

        Not always. Honestly. The Chicago style dog at O'hare is not much different than what you'd get anywhere else in the city.

        1. re: Darren72

          Who sells the recommended hot dogs at O'Hare?

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            On Terminal 1, I've had the 2 hot dog/pizza carts with the big Vienna Beef sign on concourse C and they are OK. Forget Billy Goat in the food court, they have DIY condiments (onion, relish, mustard) and the bun was a bit dry. The one on the north end of B concourse (on your way to gates B19-B22) didn't have all the toppings.

            Gold Coast Dogs are at terminal 3 and 5(intl). I haven't tried these but the ones in the city are decent.

      2. re: Darren72

        I thought of the sushi in Detroit as well. Very tasty.

        1. re: Pylon

          I always stop at the Coney Island place in Detroit (these are what Detroiters call Chili Dogs). Utterly disgusting but utterly delicious. Oh, and have the chili cheese fries with the Cheeze Whiz sauce.

      3. Second on Chicago for the majors, I used to work at airports across the country and that was #1. The absolute best was Pizza Strada when it originally opened, fresh hot slices in triangular to go boxes that made everyone else on the plane jealous.

        Now I settle for a couple of hot dogs to go.

        1. At the Memphis airport you can get Corky's bbq, mmmmm.

          1. Had the best pina colada and the best cafe cubano at the Miami airport on a couple of visits.

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            1. re: leeds

              At La Carreta? The food is good, too. I had great roast pork, black beans,and plantains on the way out and that pressed Cuban sandwich with the ham and cheese and pickles (sorry, I'm blanking on what it's called) on the way home. We didn't have time to leave the airport so it was great to get delicious Cuban food right in the terminal.

              1. re: zorra

                I third Miami. Best Cubano I've ever had. Perfect, quintessential Cuban sandwich, Miami style! Mind you, this was a few years ago. Longer ago than the post I'm replying to, even.

                1. re: zorra

                  yep, I always grab a Cubano to go anytime I'm in Miami. It's not the best Cubano I've ever had but certainly better than anything I can get in NC

              2. It'd have to be O'Hare (both for the variety of 'local' food and for the fact that they're really low prices for an airport), Austin (the BBQ -- mmmmmm!) or Charlotte.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I'll give a nod to Austin also -- I was told by a cabbie there that the Salt Lick bbq place in the airport is excellent. Unfortunately my flight was really early in the morning the Salt Lick only had breakfast.

                    1. re: Darren72

                      I was just in Austin for the first time this weekend- ate at Amy's ice cream and Salt Lick, then went to the airport only to find them both there! I'd fly into Austin just for those.

                    2. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Mmmmmm.....Saltlik......I moved to Calgary from Austin 2 years ago and I'm still in BBQ (& Mexican food) withdrawal.