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Food options at BWI Airport?

vb_lady Nov 20, 2006 06:37 PM

I have a layover around dinner time at BWI and haven't been through that airport in a while. Any good food options there? While I am at it, any good food at the Detroit airport

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    skipper Nov 28, 2006 02:17 AM

    Just traveled on Air Tran in corridor D and the best that was down there was Roy Rogers -- in fact it was the only thing down there. There was a crowded bar, but I don't know if they had food, and a coffee bar.

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      vb_lady Nov 27, 2006 07:24 PM

      Reporting back. I was on a NWA flight and that terminal (B-I think???) had really pathetic food options. A mexican place with surly staff, a sad little beer place where - because you can't take alcohol out of the designated area - had some mopey looking people sucking down beers before their flights, and a lot of premade, not terribly exciting sandwiches. There are supposed to be more places being built from the looks of the advertising. There should be an airport section of Chowhound. For example, Detroit (DTW) in the NWA part of the terminal had tons of food options and good maps.

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      1. re: vb_lady
        Warthog Nov 27, 2006 07:29 PM

        Maybe it would be a useful Chowhound service to look up the "customer service" contacts for the firms that run the food/beverage/retail operations for the major airports. Maybe if they started getting "reviews" of how they are doing, they might begin to realize that treating airport patorns as a "captive audience" is not the most profitable way to go about things.

        1. re: Warthog
          crowsonguy Nov 27, 2006 08:24 PM

          Great idea!

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        Warthog Nov 21, 2006 05:15 PM

        Given that you need to be through security to get to most (though not all) of the options, it would be useful to know what airline you are using, which would help narrow down the options. On connecting flights, you're going to be coming in and largely staying within the confines of the security zone for that pier.

        I wasn't able to find anything on line that lists all the food options and where they're located (why don't airports do this to help travelers?), but this link has all the news releases by the company that runs the retail outlets (including food) at BWI. By going through them, you should be able to put together a list of what's there.


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        1. re: Warthog
          Chownut Nov 21, 2006 05:39 PM

          One good thing is that BWI is almost done with their renovations, and last month when I was there, they were advertising that lot more food options were coming. Right now, they have a few decent places that seem like knockoffs of Panera Bread. I'd still go with the Nathan's dog and tater tots though.

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          cbauer Nov 21, 2006 12:12 PM

          There's Obryki's (spelling?) But beware - extremely overpriced for a cocktail, even for the airport.

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            MikeR Nov 21, 2006 10:08 AM

            Airport food is airport food. I'd opt for California Tortilla if you like tortilla wraps that aren't particularly Mexican or Texican. Some are pretty tasty.

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              aubzamzam Nov 20, 2006 08:04 PM

              Most of it is chain driven, although Bateman's is at least a local chain (if in fact it has opened).

              Good luck.

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                Chownut Nov 20, 2006 06:47 PM

                I think there's a Nathan's hot dog in BWI.

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