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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.
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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!

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Airport Concession Confessions: The Fast Food Edition

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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!

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We’ve all been to the airport where we just want to get something quick to eat, and either sit down or take it with us on our flight.  We look for the familiar places — McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc. — where we know exactly what we’re getting.  I love the convenience and quickness of fast food, but I also like to get something off the beaten path.  So below are five fast food outlets I suggest you try on your next trip.  Enjoy!

  1. TIE! The Salt Lick, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AND Arthur Bryant BBQ, Kansas City International Airport — I come from a long like of grill masters on both sides of my family (shout out to Uncle Charles), so I know my barbecue.  Both of these iconic barbecue places have outlets in the airport, and you can smell them before you even see them. Get the brisket at the Salt Lick and the Sausage sandwich with sweet heat sauce at Bryant’s.
  2. Dish D’lish, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — I once had to spend almost 6 hours at this airport (another story for another time). Of course, I was hungry and I had plenty of time to look at post-security food outlets.  I also saw people flocking into the airport branch of this outlet for its sandwiches and salads. I had a chicken salad sandwich that i still dream about 4 years later!
  3. California Tortilla, BWI Airport — I have to commend my hometown airport for having such a great selection of fast food outlets, especially in the A/B Concourse. And my favorite is this outlet, which serves a great variety of TexMex burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesedillas and salads, along with chips and a fantastic selection of hot sauces. My favorite was a Thai chicken burrito, but it’s no longer on the menu. So instead, I recommend the Crunchy BBQ Ranch Chicken Burrito. Ole!
  4. Deep Blue Sushi On The Fly, JFK Airport, Terminal 5 — I’m a big fan of the food options JetBlue has in its signature terminal. I’m a big sushi lover, and I always go to  the carry-out version of this great restaurant. Splurge a little on one of their signature rolls.  I’m partial to the King Crab California Roll, myself!
  5. Krispy Kreme Donuts, Orlando International Airport — I love these donuts, and they taste just as good in the pre-security food court at the airport.  And you even get the iconic Hot Donuts sign!

So, dear readers — what is your go-to fast food joint at the airport? What can I try the next time I fly?