Airport food: the sumptuous and the scary
December 2nd, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

I don’t have the statistics handy, but my guess is that on average, 99.9 percent of the people running around airport concourses are not there for the food.

That’s not to say dining options haven’t gotten exponentially better. We can all remember the days when the only organic products at airports would get you in trouble with the DEA. Now you can find entire kiosks filled with products to delight your cardiologist right next to gate C16. So let’s start with the good news.

The Good

Tortas Frontera - O’Hare, Chicago
No kidding, Frontera makes you cross your fingers for delays at O’Hare. Rick Bayless, the Chicago-based champion of Mexican cooking, now has two airport branches, both with awesome griddled tortas (sandwiches).

Bar Brace - Laguardia, New York City
Finally, retaliation for all those nasty airport sandwiches. Jason Denton, owner of the world’s sweetest wine bar, ‘ino in NYC’s West Village, offers his exemplary panini.

Great Lakes Brewing Company - Hopkins, Cleveland
You know you're going to drink whatever you can get your hands on at the airport before your flight. So you might as well drink a really good local microbrew.

The Much Less Good
Just because airport food has generally gotten better doesn’t mean you can’t find dishes that would earn you a spot on my unrealized TV show, I Ate This and Survived. It’s no fun to name chain names (well it is and you should guess them). We’ll go by category.

Airport Pizza
Spinach and broccoli are normally healthy. Except, apparently, at chain airport pizza places where they’re stuffed into a slice for a total of 790 calories and 34 grams of fat. That’s modest compared to the almost-1000-calorie stuffed sausage & pepperoni pizza, which boasts 47 fat grams.

Airport Cinnamon Rolls
I’m waiting for a celebrity to release a fragrance that captures that sickeningly good, sweet scent of airport cinnamon rolls. Until then, you just have to eat one of these frosting-covered rolls and watch the 880 calories and 36 grams of fat stack up.

Airport Nachos
I’ve previously expressed wonder at “volcano nachos”, which come topped with both warm nacho sauce and cheesy molten hot lava sauce. Interestingly, they’re served with low-fat sour cream. What? Please order extra, full-fat sour cream on the side to take the dish right over the 980 calorie/60 grams-of-fat mark.

Airport Chinese Food
Because you can customize your order at these places, it’s possible to get the following 3-entrée plate: Cream cheese rangoons (crisp wonton skins filled with cream cheese – crisp being code for deep fried), honey-doused walnut shrimp (more fried, this time with a very sweet coating); and orange chicken (more fried, with a different very sweet coating). If you’re sick of counting up fat grams – and you’re in higher math territory with that entrée – consider the BBQ pork, which has 1310 mg sodium.

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Previously - ABQ > LAX > SEA: a guide to layover eating and "Private" dining in the Denver airport

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  1. A Mack

    Wolfgang Puck Express' Roasted Butternut Squash soup at the Delta terminal in Denver. That soup with some buttered bread has dictated many flight bookings for me. Make sure they put the red sauce on top.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  2. Blessed Geek

    US airport food is cheap but expensive.
    I'd rather eat in a hospital cafeteria.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  3. H

    ATL is actually better than average. Several large airports have only one or two overpriced options that are substandard. For Example, I am not impressed by Legal Seafood in Boston and LA has one decent supplier of food on the Delta Concourse.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  4. Dale

    42nd Street Oyster Bar at Raliegh Durham is great.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • gsxrgirl1

      Yes it is! I've eaten there :) Love oysters.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:35 am | Reply
  5. Lorenzo

    This is an "ARTICLE" about airport food?!–naming a random handful of spots in a few US airports with decent food and then making generalized statements about four categories of food that any nitwit knows are not likely to be good?! There are long lists that people have compiled, and even apps such as GateGuru. I feel tricked into clicking the link to this alleged "article." Did this take the author all of ten minutes to write?

    December 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Foodie

      I could not agree more strongly with you Lorenzo. This was a feeble attempt at an article by an author who took an easy way out by doing as little research as possible.

      December 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  6. diana

    I'm always surprised at how bad the food at ATL is. One of the biggest and busiest airports in the world should have some better options.

    December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Lorenzo

      Have you tried One Flew South in the E terminal? It's a pretty nice restaurant–one of the few places in US airports that could legitimately be called "fine dining." But I have to agree with you that, on average, ATL is terrible.

      December 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  7. KeithTexas

    Fly into Austin, Texas and eat a sample of some of the cities best restaurants. Airport food can't compare to the real thing but close enough for you to want to try it out when you can.

    December 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  8. Capercorn

    I pass through O'Hare about once every couple months. Does Tortas Frontera operate in the American Airlines concourse, or just in the United/Star Alliance concourses.

    December 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  9. Cj

    I was surprised how poor the food options were at the LAX airport (Virgin Airlines terminal). A McDonald's and a seafood restaurant. That's it. The seafood restaurant wanted 20$ for a tuna melt, and the food wait was close to an hour. San Francisco, on the other hand, had more food options, better price ranges, and the food was served quickly.

    December 4, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  10. Osobien

    I am all in on the Tortas Fontera. I saw that a few months ago as I was leaving O'Hare. Last time, I made time to stop in and have a Torta. Pretty good. Also "Five Guys" at IAD. Their breakfast burgers are the bomb. No doubt a full days worth of calories, fat, salt and everything else. But so good....

    December 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  11. Leslie

    The North Terminal (United Airlines) in San Francisco has a food court with several very decent places–Boudin's sourdough, dim sum, Mexican and a Just Desserts that I sometimes pick up on my way home. Lots of carry-aboard sandwich & salad options as well.

    December 4, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
  12. CB

    The best food I've found at US airports is at Denver International's Pour La France. Great soups and hearty meals are always tasty and well-prepared. The restaurant has nice ambience too.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply
  13. Stevie Wonder

    Best Restaurant is Outback Steakhouse in the Delta Terminal at Orlando International Airport. It is the only Outback Restaurant that is open for lunch anywhere I have travelled. Great food and they can get you in and out in a hurry.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Lee

      Outback has good food? Orlando airport Outback must be the real exception if this true, or you don't know good food

      December 4, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
      • K

        Troll alert. Move along, nothing to see here.

        December 4, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
  14. JRH

    I've had good luck with Wolfgang Puck Express. You can order a salad they prepare in front of you that is flavorful and reasonably healthy by asking for reduced dressing or dressing on the side. Or you can get something decadent. But it's all good, IMO.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  15. Jakey

    Oddly enough the one and only time I really enjoyed airport food was in Salt Lake City, at the American Bandstand restaurant. What can I say? Nothing special and I'm sure it wasn't that healthy (the food tends toward stuff like chicken tenders and fries), but it was really tasty stuff, it seemed freshly made, and they sure didn't skimp on the portions. I'm actually looking forward to the next time I'm there. Maybe it really was that good, or maybe, at the end of this long work trip, I was just so ready for another Ruby's-style disaster that it seemed all the better for being good at all.

    (P.S. If you're unfamiliar with Ruby's, it's a diner chain that apparently operates exclusively in airports. It looks like it will be okay from the outside. It is not. BEWARE.)

    December 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Carlos from SoCal

      First off, Ruby's is not just in airports. It's a SoCal-based chain that's throughout the region. You can find them at malls, performance venues, and stand-alone places.

      As for the AMERICAN BANDSTAND restaurant in SLC's airport, how can you say it's the best? It's just okay. They could be better, but they won't be. Why?? During a meal there last month, the waitress told me they're closing in March '12 and will be remodeled and opened as Market St. Grill.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:24 am | Reply
  16. jj

    Add to the good list "Itza Wrap" in Terminal B in Denver! Love flying through there to grab their cold shrimp wraps with peanut sauce. They have a lot of healthy options.

    December 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  17. ChrisB

    Urban Taco at DFW Terminal C has the best airport food I have ever eaten and I am a very frequent flyer. Their food is outstanding. It is so much more than what I think of as a taco. They even have a Bon Appetit rating

    December 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  18. Willy

    Ku-va at Miami airport. Outstanding Cuban food and service. Located in the American terminal.
    I can't wait to to go to Miami so I can enjoy the food again. Carry out also located next door.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
  19. Frank

    I forgot to mention, regarding Legal Seafood in Boston, on several occasions when flying from Dallas to London I have re-routed my trip to include a layover at Logan rather than take the direct flight just so I could eat there, it's that good. They're expensive but you definitely get what you pay for, I didn't know you could fit so much lobster into a bun.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  20. Frank

    I remember in New Orleans there was a stand selling cajun potroast that made me want to miss my plane. also Tigin Irish Pub in DFW is pretty good. According to the barman it's the only outlet in DFW that cooks it's food right there on the premises.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
  21. xab

    I only fly first, but it's nice to get an insight into what the little people eat. It must be one heck of a gas mine back there in steerage. Glad you guys can't use my bathroom.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • jj

      And a warm and happy holiday season to you, too.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • slw

      @ xab- You're a dick. You must have grown up dirt poor to be so arrogant. Good job loser.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Rigel54

      Yeah, you get a bigger seat and a little booze for double or triple the price. The main payoff is for insecure people who want to feel important, or for people who have plenty of $ who want to be just a little more comfortable. Certainly nothing to get a big head about.

      December 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  22. Norma

    Last Tuesday I flew from Phoenix to Louisville. I placed an empty water bottle on top of my purse and TSA did not take it. Filled it at a water fountain while waiting to board. Read online that an empty water bottle was ok and it was.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:18 am | Reply
  23. rjo3491

    Recently had a good experience at Harry Caray's at Chicago Midway.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Reply
  24. rockmusician

    Salt Lick BBQ at Austin Bergstrom Airport

    December 3, 2011 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • Mike in ABQ

      I knew Salt Lick at Austin Bergstrom would be good when seemingly everyone in line was uniformed flight crew (both cockpit and cabin) and airport employees. I was not disappointed. I once routed myself DAL to ELP via AUS just to have lunch at Salt Lick and it was even better the 2nd time around.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  25. Scott from NH

    This one is really easy. Legal Seafoods at Logan Airport. Best airport food in the world. Sadly, that's the one and only thing Logan has going for it, as it is about as far the opposite of Singapore Changi or Hong Kong Airport as a place can be.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Scott from NH

      ooops, I forgot to mention that Logan airport is in Boston.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  26. Paul

    I always look for a McDonald's and you will see I am not the only one, always the busiest place in the airport, which means the food is fresh because it sells all the time, reasonable price and you wont be hungry later and have to eat the disgusting stuff the serve on the plane.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Jerome

      Thanks, McDonald's CEO

      December 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • rjo3491

      McDonald's – I'll just arrive at my destination hungry.

      December 3, 2011 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • xab

      So you're the one taking the 10-minute long dump on all of my flights.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply
      • olafty

        i thought you only fly first they mr. big shot...i call your bluff

        December 4, 2011 at 12:46 am | Reply
      • Rigel54

        Yeah, pretty sad xab! Troll, or worse, pathetic loser who actually does take 1st class just to feel important and sends his kids to 2nd class schools, borrows over his head, and cheats his relatives just to maintain a fancy car/house image. Even after that, his horrible, over the top taste radiates his nouveau riche status and leave all, rich and poor, chuckling.

        December 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  27. afrofun

    One Flew South in the E terminal in ATL is not only a great airport food stop, but it is one of the restaurants I have been to. If you are at Hartsfield, check out the place. Order a nice glass of Pinot Noir and try the Pork Belly Sliders. They are to die for. So much so, that when I fly through, my wife asks me to pick up an order to go!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  28. RichieBrody

    I just ate some pukey hot dogs and ice cream that made me run and poop at JFK.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Bbkingz

      was that you who just ran by me in the black jacket holding his stomach and running to the men's room by United airlines?

      December 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Rigel54

      Wow, Richie, you're a real contribution. I bet your contribution to society in general is just as large.

      December 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  29. Great White Man

    Baltimore airport has the best crabcakes. I cannot remember the place I had them, but they were delicious.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • SenatorBrody

      I got crabs in the men's room at the baltimore airport!!

      December 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
      • Rigel54

        You should stay out of other men's pants. You're a pretty sad and disgusting figure.

        December 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Phys

      The name of the sports bar is in terminal D – The Greene Turtle. My must stop every time I go through BWI.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • ru serious

      Maryland Crab cakes the best at Obryckis in Baltimore's SWA terminal, awesome plus decent bartender for airport terminal place.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  30. Sevenseat

    Dickeys BBQ Pit at DFW.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Thank you. I have a nearly three hour layover at DFW coming up in a couple of weeks, will give Dickies a try.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  31. Fiona

    The "Chinese" eateries mentioned in the article (which have little to do with real Chinese cuisine) should be banned from arirports. The smell of that slop makes me heave. I can't count the number of times people have sat next to me in the waiting area to eat that stuff or - far worse - brought in on the plane with them.

    SFO international terminal has a great Japanese place...Ebisu?

    December 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • David Arth

      I find that the "Chinese" restaurants, whether or not they serve authentic Chinese food (and yes, I've been to China and I know what authentic Chinese food is), tend to be the best of the airport food groups. Authentic or not, count me in for a "Chinese" meal that's probably better and more reasonably priced than anything else around.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • xab

      People that bring that swill onto a plane should be ejected right there. I cannoth fathom how someone can have such little insight and empathy to subject everyone else to what amounts to assault and battery on the senses.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
  32. Emperor Norton

    There's a really tasty delicatessen in the Oakland airport. Their chicken matzo soup is delicious.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • SenatorBrody

      It is owned by some arabs from saudi arabia

      December 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  33. DiaD

    Anthony's in the Seattle Tacoma airport is very good!

    December 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  34. stfoster865

    Papadeaux at IAH is the best.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  35. Olaf Big

    She is barking at the wrong tree. Calories and fat by themselves are not the trouble. Just don't stuff yourself and have a green salad for supper if you had fatty food for lunch. It is the poor quality ingredients and full arsenal of preservatives, hydrogenated oils, flavor enhancers, residual hormones, antibiotics and pesticides that will likely make you sick. The fact that the oil for deep frying gets more mileage at a restaurant than motor oil in your car does not help either.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • molly allen

      Vino Volo wine bars are fantastic. My favorite is at the Philly airport where I always seem to be delayed.
      BWI and Detroit are also great.

      December 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • MCP

        I totally agree! I love getting delayed at BWI!

        December 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Rigel54

      It's barking up the wrong tree. Calories and fat by themselves are a problem. Preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides have nothing to do with it, any effect they have is trivial and only on long term exposure. Overuse of oil certainly can cause off flavors that are disgusting.

      December 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  36. Greg

    Portland airport has a city mandate that all airport businesses are local and that they are not allowed to charge more at the airport location that at other locations. The only bad thing about living in Portland is that I never have a layover at the airport. We will, therefore, arrive early enough to have a meal and get one to go. Every food plcae there will pack you a "lunchbox" to take with you. I love opening my care package from Portland while sitting in Dallas, everyone stares and asks where we got such wonderful looking food.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • jj

      There used to be a nice brew pub there...not sure if it still is. Great airport to shop in...esp Mother Goose.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  37. Capvan

    Yet another reason I don't fly anywhere....

    December 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  38. Mildred

    Chicago has a good sushi bar too... I forget the name.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • paul

      Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, between the United and American terminals (1 & 2). Decent prices for an airport too.

      There used to be a greasy spoon/short order grill type place in the Ohare American terminal with decent prices, but a few years ago they went expensive – I think it was around 6 bucks for a grilled cheese sandwich! At least it wasn't those half frozen, week old, cellophane wrapped things.

      This article really need a bit more research. There are tons of other good places popping up in airports across the country. For example, there's a wine bar, a Jersey Diner (with great shakes) and an Oyster Bar in Newark's Continental terminal.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  39. BooonDundy

    I will gladly pay for real food at any airport than buying crap with 1000% mark up at movie theaters!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Fiona

      Wow. You can use the word c rap, but my comment got pulled for moderation. The only thing I can imagine triggered it is the word s lop. CNN has a strange sense of propriety.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Kat Kinsman

      It's a modbot - not a human. I'll peek into the queue.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Kwag

      Yes, but at a movie theater you can get back into your car, go home, have a decent meal you already paid for and you don't have to sit next to someone unwrapping a sandwich wrapped in the loudest paper on earth and listen to them chew loudly with their mouths open at 30,000 feet.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  40. Jenn

    Even the fast food is expensive in an airport. Bottom line: If you want to eat good, you're gonna pay, simple as that. Airport restaurants are there to make money. You can always bring your own food.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Airport restaurants also have a high cost-of-doing-business. Also, floor space on airport concourses is so valuable that the kitchen is often quite some distance away. A single, central kitchen often serves all of the restaurants and bars on a concourse. It's just not an environment that's conducive to haute' cuisine. So, don't expect it. Stick to basic dishes.

      December 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  41. liz rondelle

    THe French Laundry in Minneapolis is pretty good.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • JRH

      I think you mean the French Meadow. And it is good.
      The "French Laundry" is that super high-end restaurant in Yountville, CA.

      December 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  42. Ruth

    The restaurant in the small Key West airport has remarkably good food, and less expensive than in town.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
  43. Rajiv Shaw

    Oh come on....wimping out on the worst without giving names and locations is perpetuating the worst fraud on the unsuspecting public.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  44. Guy

    Another reason to eat before you fly!! I am surprised they don't charge for the bathrooms too.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Shhh.... don't give them ideas.

      December 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  45. Guy

    Also, why are waters $2.60? Isn't that price gouging?

    December 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • OtherGuy

      Nope, I don't think it is price gouging... It is capitalism. I know that's a bad thing in the Soviet States of America. But the fact is, you have a choice. Buy bottled water (that is only tap water) for $2.60 or get the water from the tap your self or use one of the many drinking fountains. You may not like your choices, but you have a choice. Want to make some money? Then rent some retail space in the airport and sell the water at non-arirport prices. I'm quite certain you will soon go out of business, but if you can figure out how to make it work, then you have made capitalism work for you. And BTW, I find it funny that you don't find selling tap water in a bottle for $1.50 in a non-airport outlet price gouging. By your definition, I would think it would be... but in my definition it is still just good old capitalism.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • Bob Weir

        TSA at the local airport will not permit you to take an empty bottle through security, so what do you put this free water from the drinking foutain in? Maybe you're adept at filling the 1 quart plastic bag that holds your 3 ounce liquid containers, but I haven't mastered that yet, and I'm not interested in paying the airline $5 for their on-board water bottles.

        December 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Olaf Big

        Why so angry my capitalist friend? Have to keep your fangs sharp for all those bloody NPR liberals out there?

        December 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • Leaf on the Wind

        OtherGuy, it actually is price gouging, since you aren't allowed to bring in bottled water purchased elsewhere, and you aren't allowed to bring in an empty water bottle to fill at the drinking fountain. They have a captive audience, they are charging that audience more than they would pay elsewhere, ergo price gouging applies.

        December 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • Datch

        Where, exactly, are you not allowed to bring in an empty water bottle? I have brought an empty water bottle through security on every flight I've been on since the no-water rule went into effect. and have never had even a blink from TSA.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:06 am | Reply
      • David

        I have brought an empty waterbottle in the side pouch of my backpack on over 30 trips this year, and I fill it up once inside the terminal. TSA has no problem with empty plastic bottles.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Airport food service has a very high cost-of-doing business.

      December 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  46. Guy

    Airport food is overpriced and typically tastes dull.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Reply
  47. Thea

    Austin Texas – where all airport restaurants are local by city mandate! Salt Lick BBQ and Amy's Ice Cream provide delicious local options.

    And I've crossed my fingers for a delay in Nashville where you can smell the BBQ wafting in from the jetway before you are even off the plane

    December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Austin is smart in this way.

      One thing that many travelers don't know is that in many airports, while the restaurants and bars may all have different names and different themes, they're all owned by the same company (very often a division of a well-known national hospitality-industry company that specializes in this market) and all of the food for all of them is prepared in a single, central kitchen down in the basement. No wonder it's all sort of homogenous and not so good.

      December 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Thea – You are right. I am from Austin and fly out of there on occasion. Salt Lick and Amys Ice Cream are good, as are the Round Rock donuts which are based in Round Rock, just down the road. Austin is a great airport to fly out of once you get through the rude American Airlines desk and the security that takes your shaving cream from you even though you are in uniform returning to Afghanistan from your 2 weeks of leave.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
      • KeithTexas

        TSA are equal opportunity rude and stupid. Austin is not special.

        I do like the Austin airport

        December 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  48. AleeD®

    We recently had the opportunity to eat at BWI's Obryckis. I had their Chicken Chesapeake wrap: chunks of white meat chicken smothered in Maryland crab & cream cheese spread. It was wrapped in a tortilla, broiled and came with a side of homemade potato chips. Delicious. While it's not how I would want to eat every day, it was a refreshing change from the typical Chili'sToo/Quizno's/PizzaHut food stops.

    December 2, 2011 at 7:33 am | Reply

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