I am a long-time subscriber to Conde Nast Traveler magazine. I enjoy the writing, the photos and just seeing the travel possibilities. The magazine checked in with its list of trusted travelers, including three celebrity chefs — Daniel Boulud, Jamie Bissonnette, and Dominique Ansel –and asked them what were their favorite foods at airports around the globe.
Conde Nast created a wonderful slide show with commentary on the top 25 on the list. I’ve eaten at nine of the restaurants, including the winner, Chef Rick Bayliss’s Tortas Frontera, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Below are my picks for another five restaurants you should try on your travels. Manga!
Obrycki’s Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, between Gates B9 and B11: here in Baltimore, we love our crab houses, and this one is very popular. If you’re not going to order the Maryland Blue Crabs, try Obrycki’s crab cakes, the crab soup or the hot crab dip.
- Singapore Foodstreet, Changi Airport, past security in Terminal 3: Anyone who is a fan of the city’s famous hawker stalls will love this concept, which offers samples of the best Singaporean foods, like roasted duck, satay and chili crabs.
- Legal Test Kitchen, Boston-Logan International Airport, across from Gate A3: Of course Legal Seafoods made the Conde Nast Traveler list. Who doesn’t love their iconic clam chowder? But I would have also included the Test Kitchen, which gives travelers a taste of items being considered for the menu. A great alternative to a lobster roll is the lobster wrap, made with avocado and bacon on flatbread.
- Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, post security across from Harrods: It’s the name of the chef that draws you in, but it’s the good food that brings you back. It offers Express Meals that guarantee a two-course meal in 25 minutes or a three-course meal in 35 minutes, using a seasonal menu. It also has a picnic menu for easy takeaway food.
- Andale, Oakland International Airport, Terminal 2: If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you will love this outpost, which offers regional fare that you can’t get at chain restaurants. A good alternative to buy-onboard plane food is the restaurant’s take-away quesedillas and tacos. Or you can sit a spell and enjoy tostadas or chili verde.
So what eateries did I miss? Tell me below, in the comments.