Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
A lot of important questions come up at Thanksgiving: turkey brining, pro or con; cornbread stuffing, yes or no; and whether or not that stuffing should be baked in that turkey. (If you answered pro brined turkey to the first question, the answer to the last question is no.)
But now that airport food has improved so drastically, the most relevant question might be: Is anyone even hungry for Thanksgiving dinner, after they pigged out so much at the terminal?
I asked my very favorite frequent flier, Andrew Zimmern, who travels the world for his show "Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel, for his favorite dining spots in airports. He obliged by giving me his favorite places to eat in 12 airports around the country. From now on, I’m booking all my flights with stopovers in Minneapolis.
For more great intel from Zimmern, check out andrewzimmern.com. Now, take it away, A.Z.!
– Croque Madame - John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 2: New York City
– One Flew South - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Terminal E: Atlanta, Georgia
– Custom Burger by Pat LaFrieda - LaGuardia Airport, Terminal D: New York City
– Legal Sea Foods - Logan Airport, Terminals A, B & C: Boston, Massachusetts
– Matsutake Sushi - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Delta Terminal: Washington D.C. area
– Shapiro’s Deli - Indianapolis International Airport, Concourse B
– Tortas Frontera - O’Hare International, Terminals 1 & 3: Chicago, Illinois
– Salt Lick - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, West Terminal: Austin, Texas
– Jim Neely’s Interstate BBQ - Memphis International Airport, Terminal B
– Acme Bread - Cowgirl Creamery and Tyler Florence Rotisserie Chicken - San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2
– Taste of Shoyu, Surdyk’s Flights, MinniBar - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
There is also MinniBar from Andrew Zimmern, which makes the best airport sandwiches in America. But I am biased.
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