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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.

 

GQ’s List Of The 10 Best Airport Restaurants in America Is Spot On

The AMAZING BLT I ate recently at One Flew South at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson.

The lunch I ate recently at One Flew South at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson.

Yesterday, I received a timeline request on my Facebook page from friend John-John Williams IV, the amazing fashion reporter for the Baltimore Sun and one of THE best cooks on the planet. He posted a link to a story at GQ.com with a simple question: “Benet Wilson, do you agree with this?”

My answer was simple: “Yes. 100 percent. I’ve eaten at 8 of the 10 restaurants.” I’ve not been to Ink Sack at LAX or Shoyu at MSP.

 

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A champagne flight I enjoyed at the Sacramento Airport branch of Vino Volo.  Photo by Benet J. Wilson.

The list included favorites including Salt Lick Barbecue (just as good as the off-site branch), Tortas Fronteras (I’ve booked myself through Chicago O’Hare to eat there, and Vino Volo (a favorite since they opened at BWI in 2007).  So take a look at the story and let me know which ones should have been included.

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Best Of Aviation Queen: The Daily Meal: Best Airport Restaurants Around The World

Editor’s note: Kids, the Queen is moving into her new palace this week, so you get best-ofs until the new castle is in order (which means the WiFi is in place). This piece first appeared on the blog Dec. 10, 2012.  Enjoy!

Regular readers know that I’ve traveled the world and eaten at more than my fair share of airport restaurants.  I’ve been really impressed with how airports in the past 10 years have really stepped up their game when it comes to dining options.   You can get local/regional brands, familiar national brands and outlets created just for airports.

So I was excited when I read a story/slide show on the 31 best airport restaurants around the world, as curated by The Daily Meal.  I’m pleased to note that I’ve had the pleasure of dining in 11 of them.  I was also delighted to see that venerable Baltimore crab house Obrycki’s (BWI Airport) and Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport) were in the top five on the list.  So below are some restaurants that didn’t make the list, but are among my favorites. Enjoy!

  1. Vino Volo: This has to be my one of favorite restaurants, hands down.  It’s good wine, small plates of food and a quiet oasis with plenty of outlets.  What’s not to love, kids? I was at the grand opening of the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport opening back in April 2007 (check out my Towers and Tarmacs post here).
  2. Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar, London Heathrow Terminal 5: I am a fool for smoked salmon, and the stuff served here didn’t disappoint.  The caviar wasn’t half bad either!
  3. Nonna Bartolotta’s, General Mitchell International Airport Concourse D:I had some time to kill at the airport, and after touring the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Aviation Museum (I’m just nuts about aviation museums) it was time to eat.  This place was near my gate, and I’m SO glad I stopped in. The food was good enough to make me think I was sitting at one of the original outlets in the city.
  4. Acme Oyster House, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport West Terminal:  This is NOT one of my favorite airports.  But it does have an outlet of this iconic New Orleans restaurant, and the food is just as good.
  5. Harry & Izzy’s, Indianapolis International Airport Concourse A: When I used to work for Rolls-Royce North America, I went to Indianapolis regularly to visit our aircraft engine plant.  Most times, the evening would end at St. Elmo Steak House, regularly on the list of the top steak places in the U.S. A version of that venerable restaurant is at the airport, sans steaks, but complete with the world-famous shrimp cocktail.
  6. Berghoff Cafe, Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 1: Some advice before you go-make sure you’re really hungry, or not going on a long flight before eating here.  The portions are large and although it has many German favorite foods, there’s also sandwiches and pizza.
  7. La Carreta, Miami International Airport: I went to college with a bunch of Cubans, who introduced me to their food and coffee. I’ve never looked back.  And when I’m at the airport, I go straight here to get my coffee, my Cuban press sandwich and Lechon Asado. Mmmmm…Currito, Boston Logan International Airport: this is not your father’s burritos stand.  They not only offer the traditional Mexican burritos, but they also have Cajun, Mediterranean and Asian options.
  8. Surdyk’s Flights, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: this outpost of the city’s Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop offers a great selection of wines by the glass, along with tasty small plates and great gourmet sandwiches
  9. Currito, Boston Logan International Airport: this is not your father’s burritos stand.  They not only offer the traditional Mexican burritos, but they also have Cajun, Mediterranean and Asian options.
  10. Boudin Bakery Cafe, San Francisco International Airport. Whenever I’m leaving the city of my birth, a loaf of Boudin (pronounce it Bo-DEEN) sourdough bread is in my carry-on. But if I have time to eat, I always get the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. De-LISH!

 

The Daily Meal: Best Airport Restaurants Around The World

Regular readers know that I’ve traveled the world and eaten at more than my fair share of airport restaurants.  I’ve been really impressed with how airports in the past 10 years have really stepped up their game when it comes to dining options.   You can get local/regional brands, familiar national brands and outlets created just for airports.

So I was excited when I read a story/slide show on the 31 best airport restaurants around the world, as curated by The Daily Meal.  I’m pleased to note that I’ve had the pleasure of dining in 11 of them.  I was also delighted to see that venerable Baltimore crab house Obrycki’s (BWI Airport) and Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport) were in the top five on the list.  So below are some restaurants that didn’t make the list, but are among my favorites. Enjoy!

  1. Vino Volo: This has to be my one of favorite restaurants, hands down.  It’s good wine, small plates of food and a quiet oasis with plenty of outlets.  What’s not to love, kids? I was at the grand opening of the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport opening back in April 2007 (check out my Towers and Tarmacs post here).
  2. Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar, London Heathrow Terminal 5: I am a fool for smoked salmon, and the stuff served here didn’t disappoint.  The caviar wasn’t half bad either!
  3. Nonna Bartolotta’s, General Mitchell International Airport Concourse D:I had some time to kill at the airport, and after touring the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Aviation Museum (I’m just nuts about aviation museums) it was time to eat.  This place was near my gate, and I’m SO glad I stopped in. The food was good enough to make me think I was sitting at one of the original outlets in the city.
  4. Acme Oyster House, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport West Terminal:  This is NOT one of my favorite airports.  But it does have an outlet of this iconic New Orleans restaurant, and the food is just as good.
  5. Harry & Izzy’s, Indianapolis International Airport Concourse A: When I used to work for Rolls-Royce North America, I went to Indianapolis regularly to visit our aircraft engine plant.  Most times, the evening would end at St. Elmo Steak House, regularly on the list of the top steak places in the U.S. A version of that venerable restaurant is at the airport, sans steaks, but complete with the world-famous shrimp cocktail.
  6. Berghoff Cafe, Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 1: Some advice before you go-make sure you’re really hungry, or not going on a long flight before eating here.  The portions are large and although it has many German favorite foods, there’s also sandwiches and pizza.
  7. La Carreta, Miami International Airport: I went to college with a bunch of Cubans, who introduced me to their food and coffee. I’ve never looked back.  And when I’m at the airport, I go straight here to get my coffee, my Cuban press sandwich and Lechon Asado. Mmmmm…Currito, Boston Logan International Airport: this is not your father’s burritos stand.  They not only offer the traditional Mexican burritos, but they also have Cajun, Mediterranean and Asian options.
  8. Surdyk’s Flights, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: this outpost of the city’s Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop offers a great selection of wines by the glass, along with tasty small plates and great gourmet sandwiches
  9. Currito, Boston Logan International Airport: this is not your father’s burritos stand.  They not only offer the traditional Mexican burritos, but they also have Cajun, Mediterranean and Asian options.
  10. Boudin Bakery Cafe, San Francisco International Airport. Whenever I’m leaving the city of my birth, a loaf of Boudin (pronounce it Bo-DEEN) sourdough bread is in my carry-on. But if I have time to eat, I always get the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. De-LISH!

So — what are some of your favorites? I’d love to feature them in a future post.  And don’t forget — I’ll still giving away my 12 favorite Christmas songs.  Just drop me an email at auntbenet@gmail.com.  Happy Holidays!!