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Jul 23, 2010 09:50 AM

Austin airport

I have a couple of hours in Austin before catching my flight. Is there anything good to eat at the airport?

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  1. Salt Lick BBQ is pretty good, great burger at Waterloo Ice House and Amy's Ice Cream is outstanding.

    Waterloo Ice House
    14900 Avery Ranch Blvd, Austin, TX 78717

    1. Harlen's BBQ is good. If you want a Round Rock Donut, you can grab one at the store by gate 14.
      Mangia's make decent stuffed pizza.

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      1. re: hnewburn

        I live in Chicago so I'm sure I'm somewhat of a pizza snob, but I think that Mangia's pizza is terrible.

      2. I'm sure this is too late for the OP, but I just had a delightful meal from Wok and Roll! They have a buffet table - half cold, half warm - all appeared fresh (at 2PM) and smelled great. I chose a really terrific cabbage salad, crunchy shredded cabbage and fresh cilantro in a lime sesame dressing with crushed peanuts...very nice! I also had a bit of the curry vermicelli noodles and I wish I had gotten more. Oh, they had an amazing cucumber salad with a light sesame oil dressing that was really, really good. Other things I remember seeing are lo mein, fried rice, and a bunch of meat/veg stir fry dishes that looked pretty OK. This will be my go-to spot at ABIA if I have to eat there!

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        1. re: saticoy

          saticoy-- not too late actually! The flight through Austin won't be until November so I have plenty of time to plan. I had seen Wok and Roll on the Austin map and dismissed it but your post makes me think I wrote it off too quickly. I cook stir-fry at home quite often but the salads sound really appealing. Thanks for your post. I'll keep it in mind.

          1. re: saticoy

            Your experience is exactly the opposite of what I've experienced the 2 times I've eaten there. Maybe the salads are good, but the actual main courses were nasty. Stick with Salt Lick and Waterloo.

            1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

              Well, its true, this is the first time I have eaten there, and besides the vermicelli, I didn't try the warm dishes. Not a fan of Waterloo in or out of the airport, and I can do Salt Lick in Driftwood when coerced, but DH and I had breakfast tacos from there in the airport and I couldn't take more than a bite or two. My actual advice would be to avoid eating at ABIA, but I was delighted with the freshness and lightness of what I had at W&R.

              Dimsumgirl - how long is the layover? There are a few options near the airport it might be worth your time to head out for....the whole east side springs to mind.....

              1. re: saticoy

                Saticoy, I've just got a little over an hour. Sadly, not enough time to venture out too far but my final destination is Houston.

                1. re: dimsumgirl

                  In that case, I'd just go to Salt Lick and get sausage. You could try ribs or brisket as well, but the sausage is the "safest" as it will not dry out. If you get brisket, and especially if it is slow that day, ask for "moist brisket" or "fat brisket." Even an end piece, although they use an electric smoker at the airport (don't order an end if it is at all slow at the restaurant). Now that I think about it, the ribs are actually better out of the electric smoker than at the real restaurant.

                  Then go to Amy's and get a cup of mexican vanilla. You can add "crushins" to that.

                  Maybe there will be a band playing in the center of the terminal.

                  Don't go to Wok-n-Roll, as there's not even a hint of an Austin experience....and it is nothing that you can't get anywhere else. I will say, though, as a local, Wok-n-Roll is my goto place when catching a plane. They charge by the weight and you can get exactly what you want and how much of it you need.

          2. The only thing worth eating at the airport that comes close the non-airport version of the restaurant is Amy's Ice Cream. My only other piece of advice is to avoid the airport versions of Austin Java if you can. Try to get coffee at a different airport.

            Austin Java
            1206 Parkway, Austin, TX 78703

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            1. re: Mike B

              Mike, I saw a sign at Bergstrom yesterday on a construction area near the low-numbered gates that a Ruta Maya is coming soon. So there may be hope yet!