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Hunt: Any breakfast and lunch "restaurants" at the airport that aren't vomitoria?

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Joebob Nov 15, 2011 02:06 AM

I'll be passing through to and from Austin to visit kids.

Just Wondering,

Joebob

P.S. If you get out Kapolei way on Oahu, I can recommend a place to eat.

  1. hohokam Nov 15, 2011 07:08 AM

    There are three terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. If you can tell Mr. Hunt which airline you will be flying on, he might be better able to give you a terminal-specific recommendation for the least bad option available.

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      Joebob Nov 15, 2011 03:14 PM

      Thank you for the info. I'm flying US Airways.

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        willyum Nov 15, 2011 05:13 PM

        US Airways uses Terminal 4 ... the best eats (or at least the most choices) are found outside security on Level 3, so assuming you are just in transit I'd suggest exiting the secured area to eat, then going back thru security, assuming you have enough time.

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          willyum Nov 15, 2011 06:22 PM

          Here's a map of Terminal 4 level 3, where the restaurants are located. The area I mentioned is the large rectangle marked "Level 3 Gates and Shops"

          http://skyharbor.com/pdf/Terminal_4_L...

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            Bill Hunt Nov 15, 2011 07:40 PM

            Wow, that is MUCH more than I could have offered. Thank you, as JoeBob keeps me in line on the Hawai`i Board, and I am not being of much use here.

            Thanks,

            Hunt

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              Joebob Nov 16, 2011 07:34 PM

              THANK YOU willyum and to all.That is a big help. Any other food recommendations anyone now that a map is available?

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                hohokam Nov 17, 2011 05:58 AM

                In the past, the least bad options in Terminal 4 have been the two local Mexican food restaurants: Oaxaca, which is in the pre-security food court area at the center of the terminal; and El Bravo, which is in the concourse housing Gates D1-D8 (Southwest Airlines gates). Blue Burrito (in the concourse housing Gates A17-A30) is inoffensive, but a little too generic to pull me away from the other two. On the rare occasion that I eat at Sky Harbor, I usually go for the chile verde burro at Oaxaca or some kind of Tamale at El Bravo.

                If you want just a quick sweet treat, Grateful Spoon Gelato (near the entrance of the concourse housing Gates C11-C20) is definitely worth a stop.

                I've yet to try the newer options, Barfly and Jose Roux (both of which went in over this past summer, along with Grateful Spoon), so I can't comment on how they stack up against the others.

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                El Bravo
                3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

                Oaxaca Sky Harbor
                3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

            2. re: Joebob
              Bill Hunt Nov 15, 2011 07:39 PM

              OK, that means Terminal 4, and to the north, for their concourse.

              Danged, I seldom fly US Air out of PHX, though wife does more often. She's not home, but I'll ask her. She's usually in the US Air Lounge, so not sure that she's had many breakfasts, though.

              More to come, when she returns.

              Hunt

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            cactuschowdah Nov 15, 2011 01:54 PM

            Barfly by Fox Resturants is already open in terminal 4- looks like they stole a few favorites from Culinary Dropout/Arrogant Butcher and threw them on the menu- I didn't have anything to eat, though, so I can't vouch for how well Fox concepts transitions to airport food.

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              Joebob Nov 15, 2011 03:17 PM

              Thanks for the information.

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                EWSflash Nov 17, 2011 05:31 PM

                Fox Concepts is a good restaurant chain, for my $.02.

                Have not had any airport food from them, though, in fact I'm a little surprised they went that route. I'd try it.

              2. Bill Hunt Nov 15, 2011 07:36 PM

                Joebob,

                We fly out of PHX often, BUT then we fly UAL most often, and there is far, far less there, especially for breakfast. This is Terminal 2. We end up at the UAL Red Carpet Club, and just pass on breakfast.

                Now, when we have flown out of Terminal 4 (Southwest, US Air, and some others), we have had breakfast at a Mexican restaurant, that has not been bad. Going out to the SW concourse, it's on the left.

                I cannot think of any others, that are lingering in my memories.

                Which airline are you flying. Each of our three terminals have different offerings (at PHX, there is no Terminal 1, so it goes Terminal 2, 3 and 4). That might make a big difference.

                Whatever, travel safely!

                Aloha,

                Hunt

                PS - Played Kapolei last trip, but were dining back in Waikiki. I'll take you up on that next time! Mahalo.

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                  Joebob Nov 17, 2011 04:32 PM

                  Hi Hunt!

                  Thanks to you and all the Phoenix hounds. I'll try to eat local Phoenix Mex in both directions.

                  I've only been to the Kapolei Thai Lao Rest. twice so I'm not ready to render a public judgement, but the roasted eggplant-shrimp-pork appetizer is extraordinary.

                  Mahalo again.

                  Aloha,

                  JoeBob

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                    Bill Hunt Nov 17, 2011 05:26 PM

                    Not sure where all of their locations are, as the three terminals are scattered about, unlike HNL, but a good local restaurant, El Bravo, has opened several at PHX. I have not tried the airport iterations, but their original restaurant is just over the mountain from us, and we have enjoyed dining there for about 13 years.

                    Travel safely, and aloha,

                    Hunt

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                    El Bravo
                    8338 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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                      willyum Nov 17, 2011 08:27 PM

                      >>> "Not sure where all of their locations are ... El Bravo " <<<

                      The map I linked to shows an El Bravo inside Security Checkpoint D, the concourse with gates D1-D8. This is Southwest Airlines territory but you can reach it without going thru security from the A and B concourses (USAir) by walking to the far right on the map and taking the moving walkway.

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                      El Bravo
                      3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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                        Joebob Nov 18, 2011 10:26 AM

                        I've printed out and studied your map (Thanks again.) and located El Bravo and Oaxaca. Does anyone know if Einstein Bros. produces a decent, boiled before baking, hard on the outside bagel? I can't get a decent bagel on Oahu unless I make it myself.

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                        El Bravo
                        3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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                          Steve Green Nov 18, 2011 10:34 AM

                          Unless things have changed radically, Einstein follows the Noah's model; i.e. steamed bagel-shaped bread.

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                            Dmnkly Nov 18, 2011 01:01 PM

                            They have not.

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                        jock Nov 18, 2011 01:29 PM

                        Original El Bravo has the best green corn tamales in town, Been going just for them for 20 years.

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                        El Bravo
                        3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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                          exit2lef Nov 18, 2011 02:02 PM

                          Agree about the original El Bravo in Sunnyslope. The Airport location, is not as good , however. It's not unpleasant, but it's simply not the same as eating in the actual restaurant. It's amazing how something always seems to get lost when beloved local restaurants try to operate behind a security checkpoint.

                          Speaking of checkpoints, El Bravo is inside security, and Oaxaca is outside security -- just in case that influences the OP's decision making.

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                          El Bravo
                          3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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                            Bill Hunt Nov 21, 2011 08:34 PM

                            I was a bit afraid of this, and wanted to differentiate my experiences with the "original," and what might be in Terminal 4.

                            It's sort of the same with Pour La France in Denver, out near the Tech Center, and their DIA branch - good (actually very good, by any airport standards), but not up to par with the original.

                            Still, when flying into, or out of, DIA, they are our normal dining spot, just like Yankee Pier in the United concourse at SFO. Also, Pour La France actually has a decent airport wine list, and that is a big plus to us.

                            Hunt

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                    kmarg Nov 19, 2011 10:11 PM

                    best breakfast inside security is the Jody Maroni's on the lower A gate concourse. they make a andoullie and egg breakfast burrito that is really tasty for just a hot dog stand. if you are stuck insude security I recommend it.

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                      Joebob Nov 20, 2011 02:00 AM

                      Interesting...

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