Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's contributor, photojournalist Jeremy Harlan is based in Washington D.C., but he travels. A lot.
It’s a simple math problem. You may want to grab a calculator. You will have to show your work.
If my United flight from Washington-Dulles into O’Hare arrives at Gate C6 at 2:15 PM CST and my connection to Des Moines departs Gate B4 at 3:10PM CST, how much time (if any) do I have to haul myself and my belongings all the way to Gate C22, where my all-time favorite airport food, a Chicago-style hot dog, awaits me?
And even if I make it to C22, is there enough time for the vendor to apply all of the necessary toppings? Or Will I have to make the difficult decision to forego the nuclear-green relish in favor of an extra shake of celery salt?
These are the dilemmas I face as a constant air traveler. Where can I find the best food at airports I'm lucky to spend an hour or two in, at most?
Do you see any time in there for a baguette with cheese and a glass of wine? You don’t need a slide rule to figure that one out.
So, to help others who might find themselves in a similar crunch, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite food spots in airports around the country. These are spots where I or my colleagues must stop at if we get a chance to eat.
Are these the most elegant food choices? No. Will everyone agree with me? Certainly not. Could trying these spots leave you with indigestion? Sure, there are a few likely offenders on the list.
Hopefully, though, some of these suggestions will prove helpful when you find yourself in a Philly pinch or a Detroit delay.
Note: The airports I’ve included are hubs of major airlines. Consequently, these are places where you’d most likely have a layover between connecting flights.
Albuquerque (ABQ) – La Hacienda
Atlanta (ATL) – Chick-fil-A
Baltimore (BWI) – Obrycki's
Boston (BOS) – Legal’s Test Kitchen
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) – Reggio’s
Cincinnati (CVG) – Gold Star Chili
Dallas (DFW) – The D Terminal
Denver (DEN) – New Belgium Brewing Hub
Detroit (DTW) – National Coney Island Express
Houston (IAH) – Pappadeaux
Kansas City/Milwaukee (MCI/MKE)
Los Angeles (LAX) – In ‘n Out
Memphis (MEM) – Interstate BBQ
Miami (MIA) – La Carreta
Minneapolis (MSP) – Dairy Queen, A&W, Axel’s Bonfire
Newark (EWR) – Gallagher’s Steak House
New York LaGuardia (LGA) – Tagliare
Philadelphia (PHL) – Chickie and Pete’s
Phoenix (PHX) – El Bravo
St. Louis (STL) – Budweiser Stadium Club
Salt Lake City (SLC) – Dick Clark’s Grill
San Francisco (SFO) – Boudin
Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) – Anthony’s
Washington DC-Dulles (IAD)/ Reagan National (DCA) – Five Guys