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Best airport for a layover? (Food-wise) [moved from Ontario board]

I have to say O'Hare. I really enjoyed my meal at Wolfgang Puck in the American Terminal. Also, they have some good coffee at Corner Cafe.

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  1. ohmygod, I would say OHare is the worst! For an airport that does so many transfers, the food is terrible. What did you eat at WP that was tasty? Maybe I'll trek over to the AA terminal more often. The one in the United Terminal is a**

    My favourite hub airport is Charlotte NC airport. Great margaritas and pretty decent BBQ. Kansas City has Arthur Bryants and Memphis has interstate BBQ but they aren't really hub airports.

    is it a sign of too much travel that occasional I crave the BBQ chicken fingers at LaGuardia?

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    1. re: orangewasabi

      Charlotte is a nice airport (the atrium is really cool), but I haven't seen anything other than fast food there. I think the worst is Cinci.

      I enjoyed the pizza at WP, and they had some good beers on tap.

      1. re: puds_companion

        I noticed a BBQ-Southern cooking place in amongst the fast-foods last time I was at Charlotte. Didn't try it, but a lot of those dishes are ok on steam tables. Anybody eaten there (is that what you were remembering, orangewasabi?)?

        1. re: Aromatherapy

          yes, it's a fast food place, more or less behind the winebar/piano - the name escapes me. It's not Arthur Bryant's original location or anything but it's really good when the alternatives are Burger King or Sesame Stick Mix - I have the pulled pork when I am there.

          1. re: Aromatherapy

            I've had the barbecue in Charlotte (across from a sandwich/salad deli, right?). It was, to my great surprise, actually very good. Fatty meat and artery clogging as all get-out, but that's what you want in a barbecue.

      2. D/N/T Heathrow.

        Not just some of the finest fare London has to offer, but delicious cuisine from all over. If you get an opportunity, enjoy a pub meal at The Tin Goose, a nice African meal at Giraffe (if you don't mind all the kids), or grab a sandwich/wrap to go from Pret.

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        1. re: DSan

          How about a tin of Persian caviar and a cuban cigar! Ain't getting that here!!!! Second the nomination!!!

        2. Domestic (United States): SFO
          International: Changi

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            what do you recommend at the SFO airport?

            if we are going to do international, then I'll throw props to San Paolo for great airport food

            1. re: orangewasabi

              You can udon and japanese at Tomakazu (spelling?), as well as good sushi at Ebisu and Osho. Also dim sum at Harbor Village. There's also a decent Mexican joint, but the name escapes me right now.

              The problem with SFO is that I hardly ever fly into or out of that airport. Any time I have to be in the Bay Area it's usually through Oakland -- less traffic, no fog, no delays.

              Your turn ... whats good at Sau Paolo (I presume you meant Sau Paolo and not San Paolo in Italy, right?)? I have a aunt in Brazil I've been meaning to visit for a while now.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thanks for the tips on SFO (those are going in the BB right away).

                yes, I meant Sau/Sao Paolo in Brazil.

                I wish I had better names . . . my portuguese is non - existent. But. . .

                Find the store that sells coffee pots (there is only one) and they have a huge collection of stove top pots. Stand in the doorway and turn around. The food place right across from it has great hot plates with those fantastic cheese puff balls and grilled steak for breakfast, with amazing coffee. Actually the United, VASP and Varig lounges all have good cheese puff balls (there is a name for these things, I am just blanking on it). Outside where the pick up area is, there is a great cart fruit stand -- crazy good fruit, and stuff like cashew fruit juice.

                1. re: orangewasabi

                  I find the food in all of the airports in Brasil to be uniformly bad! And the thing about Sao Paolo (where I also have relatives), is the hour or two hour drive between the two airports to make international-domestic connections--usually no time to eat even if you wanted to.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  Is there a Harbor Village at the SFO domestic terminal? Only one I know is in the international terminal (or did you mean that the entire airport was domestic)? In any case, reports on HV in international recently (including my own) have been disappointing...

                  I think that Yankee Pier in the United domestic terminal at SFO is decent.

                  1. re: susancinsf

                    When I was referring to SFO as "domestic" I meant that it was an airport located in the domestic United States.

                    Whereas Changi is an international airport located outside of the U.S. (i.e. in Singapore).

                    Sorry for the mixup.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Definitely Chiangi for international. Good call!

                Narita also has some fine offerings (really nice ramen and a fast, great--but pricey--sushi place in terminal 1).

                Domestic? Hmmmm. Can't think of anyplace I'd recommend. Anymore it seems to be all wall-to-wall S'bux, McD's, and Puck pizza places

              3. I would say the Hong Kong International Airport. There's a whole range of food there, from fast food to full sit down restaurants. Off the top of my head I think there are 10 real restaurants and 15-20 "faster" food choices. The best part is prices are the same as in the city, no mark up!

                Definitely not LAX. I was there last weekend and the available food was sad. I was almost tempted to pick up some McDonalds... until I noticed they were charging $9+ for an extra value meal.

                1. At the SF Airport I have eaten a number of times at Tomokazu. One of the employees is Chef from 14th and Minna. If you are familiar with SF cooking lore then you know about his interesting travels in the D-League and PAC-10. Not to mention his time in Cabo and Maui. His Samoan sidekick Talufa works nearby, so he says. Not sure where.

                  If you are familiar with him you may recall he owns Bobby Brown's Mercedes(yes that Bobby Brown).