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Aug 30, 2012 06:00 AM

Any reliable, decent airport food?

Occasionally, I have to eat in an airport. I try to avoid the Mickey D's, etc, but I have trouble finding anything that I don't hate myself for after the first bite.

My latest disappointment was a Wolfgang Puck in Toronto, where the pizza was truly awful.Any thoughts?

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    1. Best airport food I ever had was at the Reata in DFW.

      1. At YVR (Vancouver BC) JapaDog has set up a stall in one of the foodcourts.

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        1. re: fmed

          When the new airport was built in Austin, the people who pull the strings made a rule that only local food vendors could set up shop in the new airport. Consequently, we have some pretty good grub in our airport, BBQ, TexMex,etc.

          1. re: singlemalt

            I admit to not being enthusiastic about boarding a plane where a significant number of passengers have dined on chili or burritos while waiting.

            1. re: singlemalt

              Heading to AUS late next week, and will check this out.

              Thank you,


          2. Airports are usually abominable, but Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera at O'Hare is an unusually bright spot. I try to always fly out of that concourse whenever I'm there. At every other airport, I usually lean towards regional fast food. At Hartsfield-Jackson it's Chick-Fil-A or Krystal's. At Reagan or LaGuardia, I turn to Five Guys. In most other cases I'll pack something if I'm flying around meal time. Not a bad way to prolong the memory of happy travels.

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            1. re: JungMann

              For the Bayless restaurant, which concourse at ORD?

              As we fly UAL most often, we are usually out on C-Concourse, and I do not recall seeing this one.

              Thank you,


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Even if I didn't have my miles on American, I think I'd still fly out of Concourse K just for the tortas. The website says there's one in Terminal 1, Concourse B as well.

                1. re: JungMann

                  You know, depending on the layover, it might be worth a jaunt.

                  I feel the same way about LHR, as Gordon Ramsay is in the BA terminal.


                2. re: Bill Hunt

                  There is a Torta Frontera on concourse B of the United Terminal (Terminal 1) at O'Hare -- right next door to McDonalds. Frankly, the one time that I ate there, which was for breakfast, I was very disappointed. The coffee was excellent but the torta was mediocre in my view. Also be warned that it takes about 10 minutes for your food, as it is cooked to order, which would be fine if you are not in a hurry (I was not) and it was worth waiting for. Also, the seating area has piped in salsa music played at a high volume, which might be fine later in the day but was a bit much for my taste at 7:30 am.

              2. Patachou is solid in the Indy Airport. Don't know what they did to totally murder Shapiro's though.

                San Diego has a Rubio's though the trick is not to get the fish tacos but instead to get the reliably decent quesadilla.

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                1. re: chetatkinsdiet

                  Indianapolis also has King David Dogs. A huge all beef natural casing dog that's as good as you can get anywhere. That's about it though.

                  I had some excellent pizza slices from a kiosk at the airport in Jersey. Don't remember the exact place but then again it's Jersey... you could probably pick any random pizza place and it would be good.