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Story Links From My About.com Air Travel Page

Regular readers know that I’ve cut back on posts here because I’m in my second year as the Air Travel Expert for About.com. It suddenly occurred to me that maybe you guys might be interested in some of the posts I’ve done over there, so I’m going to highlight three posts a week going forward.

Post one is my primer on how travelers can snag those rock-bottom air fares caused by airline “glitches.” In this post, I offer links to web sites, Facebook groups, air travel forums and folks on Twitter who are the ones that get the word out about fares like the Christmas present from Etihad that thousands of folks took advantage of.

With all the bad weather and flight cancellations that follow it, I wrote a post of 10 things travelers can do when they’re faced with delays and cancellations. Tip – smartphones are key in this process.

Finally because I’m a girl who loves a good meal at the airport, check out these five restaurants that are so good they actually make you forget you’re dining in the middle of a terminal. And there are many more than five — I could have written a post just on the great selections in JetBlue’s JFK Terminal 5 alone!


Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Airport Food In The World — With My Own Picks

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!

  1. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Photo by Benét J. Wilson

    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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Photo courtesy of Boston-Logan International AirportGordon 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.
  5. 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.


Best Of Aviation Queen: Airport Concession Confessions: The Fast Food Edition

Editor’s note: Folks, I’ll be out on medical leave this week, so you get best-of. Please enjoy this post, which first appeared on Dec. 4, 2013.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Photo courtesy of Ian Lucero, via Flickr.

It’s been forever since I’ve done a concession confession, so today, I offer up some of my favorite fast food places at airports across the country.  Don’t think you’re going to see McDonalds, Wendy’s or the usual chain brands. Below are five local/regional or house brands that are great alternatives. Enjoy!

  1. 360 Degree Burritos, Oakland International Airport:  you can get your food as burrito, a wrap, a salad, a quesadilla, a bowl or a sandwich, all of which are convenient for airport travel. They have meat, vegetarian and vegan options in flavors ranging from classic to Cajun.
  2. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Dallas Love Field: regular readers know I’m a fool for good barbecue. I was recently at this outpost with a lot of time to kill, so not only did I have a chopped brisket sandwich for lunch, I also took some pulled pork for the journey home.
  3. Broche Doree, Chicago O’Hare International Airport: the sandwiches at this outpost of a café that originated in France are divine. They use fresh bread and toppings, and I will admit I’ve routed myself through O’Hare for their prosciutto sandwich.
  4. Comida Buena, Albuquerque International Sunport: when I told a friend I was going to Albuquerque, she said that when I was leaving, I should add in extra time to get the green chicken chile soup here. She was right. There are also some great southwest-style sandwiches to choose from.
  5. Café La Carreta, Miami International Airport: I always get my Cuban food fix on at this outpost of one of the city’s most popular restaurants. I get the Cuban pressed sandwich, fried plantains and Cuban coffee, and I’m good to go!

Related concession confessions posts

Airport Concession Confessions: The Fast Food Edition

Airport Concession Confessions: The Comfort Food Edition

Airport Concession Confessions-Fast Food

Airport Concession Confessions: The Full-service Restaurant Edition

Airport Concession Confessions-The Wine Edition


Frequent Travelers Weigh In On Best Airport Eateries


The Vino Volo at BWI Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

I recently had a discussion with a friend who disparaged the lack of food selections at an airport we won’t name here. That led into a discussion on what airports were doing it right when it came to offering the best food and beverage offerings.

So I decided to tap the knowledge of my friends in my “I Love Sitting In 1st/Biz Class” Facebook group and ask them their favorite eateries.  These are folks who have spent more than their fair share of time in airport restaurants, so I value their opinions.

Mary Kirby of the fabulous Runway Girl Network and I agree on our favorite — Vino Volo, which serves world-class wines by the glass and in educational flights, along with “delicious nibbles, nice environment and usually some access to power outlets.”

Below are thoughts from other group members. Enjoy!

Kristin VanderHey Shaw: This may sound lame, but I really love the Garden State Diner at Newark Liberty. Comfort food at its finest! Rice pudding, omelettes, sandwiches, egg creams. It reminds me of my parents’ hometown in New Jersey.

Martin Rottler: One Flew South at Hartsfield-Jackson for excellent airport food, BBQ in Memphis (worth the connection),  and In & Out LAX because it’s the In & Out at LAX. (Read my review of One Flew South here)

Kevin Schorr: I have to second the vote for Vino Volo but it’s tough to find a seat at the IAD-C Concourse location during the evening push. Le Grand Comptoir at Houston Intercontinental is a nice substitute for Vino Volo.

Micheline Maynard: Cartel Coffee at Phoenix Sky Harbor. And yes, Legal Test Kitchen at Boston Logan. Also, Frontera and Garrett’s Popcorn at Chicago O’Hare.

Mark Adamski: Rick Bayless Tortas at Chicago O’Hare (in T1, T3 and T5) .

Morgan Johnston: I love that I can get my Salt Lick fix in Austin-Bergstrom. And for ambience and plane watching alone, Legends Restaurant & Bar at Long Beach Airport is a good time.

Albert Rodriguez: Anthony’s and Ivar’s at Seattle-Tacoma. Both great, and also popular. We also have a Vino Volo stocked with regional wines.

Jason Chiu: Pappadeux’s lunchtime seafood buffet at Houston Intercontinental. Pig out, then pass out. Not a good combo if you’re working the flight…

Andrew Wimpenny: La Carreta at MIA! Typical Cuban food.

Jeffrey Eslinger: Le Grande Orange in Phoenix Sky Harbor.

Dean Starovasnik: Just ate at Jekyll Island Seafood Co. in Terminal. F at Hartsfield-Jackson, serving actual Jekyll Island shrimp and scallops. They have a distinctively sweet flavor due to the sugar cane-related sea grasses upon which the sea creatures dine. Was impressed they had actually trucked them in the five hours from JI. Nice meal in a still brand spanking new terminal.

Rahsaan Johnson: Legal Seafood at Washington National (and now Boston). Pappadeux at Houston Intercontinental. And the Unnamed Coworker likes Lori’s Diner at San Francisco International. (He likes the grilled tuna and chicken salad sandwich with slaw.)

Jamie Baker: Shake Shack, JFK T4. This thread is now closed.

It’s pretty amazing — I’ve eaten at ALL of these restaurants except for five — Cartel Coffee, Le Grand Orange, Legend’s, Jekyl Island and Lori’s Diner. So what did we miss? What are some of your favorite airport restaurants?

 And for those you you who want to keep up with what I’ve been doing over at About.com, click here to see a roundup of all my posts for April. Enjoy!

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