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#151 lovehockey

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

Thanks, lovehockey.  My Facebook feed blew up with the Surdyk's recommendation after I'd already eaten at Shoyu in the G terminal - which was totally passable for airport food.  But next time I'm in MSP - and there will likely be a next time because I found it to be the best domestic airport at which to ride out a delay - I'll hit up Surdyk's and (apparently) Dunn Bros. for coffee.

 

I'm glad to know that I'm in good company!

 

It's been a while since I've flown through MSP but I'd be shocked if they don't still have the coupon books for shops and restaurants, listed by concourse.  Look for them by the airport map displays.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

How about LAX? Not sure what terminal I'll be in - will be transferring from a united trans-pacific flight to a united domestic flight - and will need dinner. Go! (And, thanks!)
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:07 PM

Mr. BLB still talks about the Wolfgang Puck breakfast pizza we had at LAX on the way to Hawaii in 2006. 



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Folks have already mentioned Tortas Frontera in Chicago's O'Hare upthread. 

 

I actually picked a flight that had a layover in Chicago just so I could stop at Frontera and get a torta.  I've been to Xoco and wanted another torta!  They make the tortas to order so it takes 10 minutes (they warned me when I ordered).  Luckily I had enough time between flights to wait.  The short rib torta was delicious.  I also love their guacamole and tortilla chips (you can really taste the corn).



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:49 PM

there are good options and ugh options:   http://news.yahoo.co...-180711528.html



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:11 PM

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:32 PM

Am sitting at Bar Symon in the C gates (near the "central core") of Pittsburgh International Airport. The "Mandarin Blossom" (Hangar One Mandarin Vodka, Campari, and lime juice) is a delightful drink, although I think it would be more balanced with a touch more lime juice. I'm not snacking, but the menu looks tasty enough, focusing on "Lola fries" with various toppings (rosemary, chili/cheese, pulled pork, sausage gravy).

 

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 03:28 PM

Some interesting spots in this article from Yahoo.

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:00 PM

We had an hour to kill at DFW over the Holidays.  Had dinner at Pappasito's Cantina (Terminal A, Gate 28) and was pleasantly surprised.  The charred tomato salsa and guac were both good, although the tortilla chips were fairly average.  The Baja fish tacos were solid with good rice and beans.  Modelo on tap.  Be warned - the portion sizes are massive, one entree can easily feed two.

 

The Pappas Restaurant Group looks to be big with 8 restaurant concepts and more than 80 locations.

 

Having not spent much time in Texas, I have no idea if Pappasito's Cantina is considered good Tex-mex, but it was good airport food.

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

We had an hour to kill at DFW over the Holidays.  Had dinner at Pappasito's Cantina (Terminal A, Gate 28) and was pleasantly surprised.  The charred tomato salsa and guac were both good, although the tortilla chips were fairly average.  The Baja fish tacos were solid with good rice and beans.  Modelo on tap.  Be warned - the portion sizes are massive, one entree can easily feed two.

 

The Pappas Restaurant Group looks to be big with 8 restaurant concepts and more than 80 locations.

 

Having not spent much time in Texas, I have no idea if Pappasito's Cantina is considered good Tex-mex, but it was good airport food.

 

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Almost ate there today.  We were on the rental car shuttle on the way to Terminal A when we got word that our flight moved to Terminal C.  We had been looking forward to mid-morning margaritas and appetizers (chicken tamales are my go to).  I never order a entree because of the large portions.  Whenever we are in Terminal A we grab a quick drinks at Pappasito's.  Last month I had to offer the boss an arm to hold on to as we made our way onto our flight - I was glad I had only had 2 ZiegenBocks. 



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

Charleston (SC) International Airport has an impressive number of drinking holes for a ten-gate airport. By my estimation, the Magnolia Grill outside security, plus the lounge and Sam Adams Brewhouse in the B gates and an assumed equivalent number of drinking locations in the A gates, equal five bars, or one bar for every two gates. I spent the afternoon at the B gates Sam Adams Brewhouse, where I should've stuck with the drafts -- a Hendricks G&T was a) warm and b ) limeless. I can't vouch for the food anywhere because I was too blessedly full of jambalaya to eat.
 

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

I've been in nine airports in six months in Europe and the US and by far the absolute worst, without a close second, is Malpensa, the major airport for Milan.  The food choices are lousy, it's rare that every thing is open, and the prices are absurd.  I'm not looking for gourmet food but one should be able to get a decent panini from the sandwich shops or mozzarella from the mozzarella bar.  No dice though.

 

One the other hand, Malpensa has a separate security line for families traveling with children.  That is something all airports should implement.

 

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:01 AM

Thanks, lovehockey.  My Facebook feed blew up with the Surdyk's recommendation after I'd already eaten at Shoyu in the G terminal - which was totally passable for airport food.  But next time I'm in MSP - and there will likely be a next time because I found it to be the best domestic airport at which to ride out a delay - I'll hit up Surdyk's and (apparently) Dunn Bros. for coffee.
 
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I'll be killing 2 hours @ MSP next month, so appreciate the rec. If Dunn's has Kringle, someone will be happy.

 

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 05:36 PM

I'll be killing 2 hours @ MSP next month, so appreciate the rec. If Dunn's has Kringle, someone will be happy.

 

How's this for a name? I had a really good Caffe Americano here today, served in a real ceramic mug, half-and-half poured and served in a tiny metal pitcher, was offered raw cane sugar, and super-friendly service, for the rather amazing (airport) price of $2.50. It's tucked away in an obscure corridor where gates G1-G3 are. And there's free WiFi *and* iPads all over the place - and I mean there are dozens of them.

 

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:08 PM

Looks like it has a decent beer selection for an airport too. Kind of funny that your coffee was exactly 1/100th of the cost of DC's minibar.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:26 PM

Toronto/Pearson has a True Burger company with okay poutine--nothing spectacular, mind you, but not bad. In the US transit terminal, it's right next door to Tim Horton's, so burger/poutine/maple donut options are possible...

 

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:22 PM

If you're flying out or connecting in Narita, I strongly recommend Sushi Kyotatsu in Terminal 1.  It's pricy (I got a big chirashi bowl for $30 and there were some sashimi sets for $60-70) but the fish is impeccable.  I might have had fish that good at Sushi Taro and Kushi Izakaya occasionally.  Every piece of fish was perfect.

 

Maybe the art of raw fish is so elevated in Japan that this *is* airport sushi quality in Japan, in which case, I must get myself to Japan ASAP.

 

 

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:12 AM

Folks have already mentioned Tortas Frontera in Chicago's O'Hare upthread. 

 

I actually picked a flight that had a layover in Chicago just so I could stop at Frontera and get a torta.  I've been to Xoco and wanted another torta!  They make the tortas to order so it takes 10 minutes (they warned me when I ordered).  Luckily I had enough time between flights to wait.  The short rib torta was delicious.  I also love their guacamole and tortilla chips (you can really taste the corn).

NYTimes' current Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel, mentioned the tortas in his 4-hour, $25 layover in O'Hare. Good to know about the options he found:

 

Tortas Frontera, from the Chicago chef and serial Mexican restaurateur Rick Bayless, has been called the “best airport restaurant” by Bon Appetit. But it’s more than that — it’s potentially the only airport restaurant in history to charge about the same price as its sister locations elsewhere. (In this case, it’s the hot Mexican sandwiches called tortas, from Mr. Bayless’s Xoco restaurants, around $10 or $11.) One torta, the cochinita pibil, is actually $1 cheaper at the airport — wow, my computer didn’t explode when I wrote that.

 

Tortas are best hot, though — not the ideal takeout for a flight. So instead, I paid $2 for a personal-sized cup of guacamole and $3 for freshly fried tortilla chips and two salsas, a tangy green and a smoky red.

 

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 11:02 AM

I spent most of my 1:45 layover at DFW yesterday dealing with various unhelpful American Airlines staff, so I didn't have time to sit somewhere and eat. My flights were all in the A terminal, so I grabbed a pulled pork sammich and a side of beans from Salt Lick BBQ (Gate A17) to carry on the plane. Salt Lick gives you a very generous sandwich and both small compartments of a square styrofoam container of your side of choice for ~$13. The beans were nice and savory with some bits of pork in them, and the pulled pork was delicious -- moist and smoky. Perfect with a Sam Adams Boston Lager (my best beer option) and the sunset beside me.

 

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 05:29 PM

Mumbai...new airport, in some ways spectacular, but like a stay at the Leela Mumbai, it is has little to do with life in India. That said, it really is a nice way to leave, although I felt filthy with the dust I'd accumulated on my clothes, body, face, travel bags, etc. There is no escaping dust and no way of getting really clean when you bathe out of a bucket--one bucket of hot water every two days, due to a serious water shortage where I was staying. The new Mumbai airport has Pizza Hut (chicken tikka pizza), KFC (spicy chicken tenders in a special masala)...but forget all that and try something from Street Food or what appeared to be some very tasty kabobs in a Kabob house. The chicken tikka from Street Food was very good and was prepared fresh...take a number and they call you when it's ready. Next time I'll bypass the Leela on the way out and have a much cheaper meal at the airport.

 

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 04:38 PM

Amsterdam -- if you are transferring through here en route to somewhere else, hit up the gift shop and get a chunk of Reypenaer cheese. It's available elsewhere in The Netherlands so you don't have to buy it in the airport, but if you are ONLY in the airport, it's to be recommended.

 

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 01:29 PM

We were recently at the Delhi airport (Emirates International, can't remember which terminal) which was also very new.  After all the stomach issues we were quite happy to see McDonald's, Dominoes Pizza (with pepperoni!) they had a few other options like Crunchy Chicken and a couple others, but we were into our safe bet survival for white people eating mode so we had McDonald's and Dominoes.

 

Also we found the food options at the Dubai airport to be really diverse with tons of good looking options, but since we were flying Emirates and they have really good food on the flight we ended up just getting Starbucks.  

 

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:11 PM

Wilmington International Airport (NC) is one of the smallest airports I've been in, one terminal, 8 gates. At 7am on a Sunday there were more TSA agents than passengers.

What is there to eat? A grill that I can't imagine does much business and a kiosk called "Food and Coffee". The coffee was in a self serve urn and really wasn't that bad after some cream and sugar. The food offerings ranged from premade sausage and egg biscuits, yogurt parfaits, fruit, and packaged chips/nuts/granola etc.

Our plane was so small everyone had to check carry on items at the gate, and we had to go outside to board. But, our flight direct to National left on time at 8am and I was home in NW DC by 9:45am with my feet up and cup of coffee in hand. All in all a neat little airport.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 08:10 PM

My direct flight on Christmas Eve was canceled and I was sent through Chicago  (O'Hare) on route to LA. Thankfully, I had just enough time in the lay-over to get a sandwich from Rick Bayless' place- Torta Frontera. I bought a very satisfying pork sandwich with beans and pickled onions and a side of guac and chips. The sandwich was on nice chewy baguette style torta bread and the meat was seasoned well and could be tasted along with the onions. Definitely on the expensive side, but a full stomach saved me from feeling riotous when the plane was delayed an hour and change as oxygen was installed (that and free direct tv for our inconvenience).

 

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:58 PM

My direct flight on Christmas Eve was canceled and I was sent through Chicago  (O'Hare) on route to LA. Thankfully, I had just enough time in the lay-over to get a sandwich from Rick Bayless' place- Torta Frontera. I bought a very satisfying pork sandwich with beans and pickled onions and a side of guac and chips. The sandwich was on nice chewy baguette style torta bread and the meat was seasoned well and could be tasted along with the onions.

 

A 12/29 NY TImes article about the farm-to-table movement improving airport dining describes the security and logistics issues that farmers need to overcome and specifically references Torta Frontera:

 

Greg Gunthorp, a pig farmer in LaGrange, Ind., experienced that challenge himself.
 
Mr. Gunthorp’s family has supplied the celebrity chef Rick Bayless with pork and poultry for at least 14 years. But when Mr. Bayless opened his Tortas Frontera at O’Hare four years ago, Mr. Gunthorp could not find a way to get his pork the 170 miles to the airport in time for the brief nightly window when food deliveries are allowed.
 
With the help of FarmLogix, an intermediary that connects farmers with large businesses and institutions, Mr. Gunthorp and other small-scale farmers have found a lucrative new market in airports. Mr. Gunthorp, who now provides bacon and chorizo to Tortas Frontera, has had to add employees and farmland to keep up with the O’Hare demand.
 
“They’re our biggest bacon customer by far,” he said. “At times it’s been hard to keep up, to be honest. It’s been rough, but it’s been fun.”
 
With the farm-to-table movement breaching previously untouched frontiers like airports, chefs and farmers say that it can only benefit small producers, who have not had much in the way of good news in recent decades. The Department of Agriculture has predicted a 25 percent decline in farm income this year.
 
“We’re just starting to see how this farm-to-table movement can revitalize rural America,” Mr. Gunthorp said.
 
Early evidence shows that the farm-to-table concept has at least revitalized airport dining. In Chicago, Mr. Bayless’s airport outpost has proved so successful that he has developed an app that allows travelers to order food from Tortas Frontera before they arrive at O’Hare.
 
One lesson Mr. Bayless said he had learned from Tortas Frontera was that the old restaurant-management theories do not work in an airport. Restaurants can provide fresh, local ingredients in airports, he said, but their survival will be difficult unless the agricultural system changes.
 
“There’s the boutique farm-to-table idea, and it’s very romantic,” Mr. Bayless said. “But the only way it really makes sense is to grow farms that are a bit bigger, and then we have to develop these middlemen like FarmLogix.”
 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 11:58 PM

 

A 12/29 NY TImes article about the farm-to-table movement improving airport dining describes the security and logistics issues that farmers need to overcome and specifically references Torta Frontera:

 

 

Airports mentioned in the article include: EWR, JFK, DEN, and ORD. The article also links to two road warrior blogs: StuckAtTheAirport and JoeSentMe

 

Thanks for sharing. Frontera has 3 separate locations at O'Hare: one in the United terminal, one in Terminal 2 (or 3? I get them confused), and one in the international terminal. I've read of varying quality between locations here and elsewhere, but I don't know the details of that variance.

Frontera's website lists other locations in downtown Chicago (at the Chase Tower, the same building where NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" is taped) and one at UPenn. What's a bit odd to me is the branding here; those torta places are listed both separately from Xoco, the quick-service spot in the same building as Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, plus a second location in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. But a couple other restaurants aren't listed at all; these are called Frontera Fresco, IIRC; there is one location at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, another in the Norris Center, the large student center on Northwestern's campus, and one in the 7th floor food court at the big Macy's in downtown Chicago (the old flagship Marshall Field's). I wonder if that branding was sold off and is no longer part of Bayless' empire, though his name and face is plastered on their separate website, as is the branding for his retail sauces and salsas.

 

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 12:04 AM

Thanks for sharing! I did not mention- there is a list of farmer providers in the restaurant. Not unusual except that it is in an airport.



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Posted 04 January 2015 - 09:35 PM

What's a bit odd to me is the branding here; those torta places are listed both separately from Xoco, the quick-service spot in the same building as Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, plus a second location in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. But a couple other restaurants aren't listed at all; these are called Frontera Fresco, IIRC; there is one location at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, another in the Norris Center, the large student center on Northwestern's campus, and one in the 7th floor food court at the big Macy's in downtown Chicago (the old flagship Marshall Field's). I wonder if that branding was sold off and is no longer part of Bayless' empire, though his name and face is plastered on their separate website, as is the branding for his retail sauces and salsas.

 

Xoco is a different, more expansive concept that what is offered at Tortas Frontera.  Tortas basically has tortas, open faced sandwiches and a couple breakfast options.  Xoco has a more extensive sandwich menu, soups and rice bowls, churros and chocolate made to order, and a full on separate breakfast menu (killer chilaquiles, emapanadas, and breakfast tortas - some overlap with the Tortas menu there).  It's a quick service format similar to G Sandwich shop.  And it's awesome.  You should probably go if you get the chance - especially on goat barbacoa day. 

 

Frontera Fresco is more like a cafeteria style experience but also has things on the menu that the other places don't have except for occasional specials - things like tacos and tamales.  I don't know if there was a sell off like you speculated but the only time I've been was a while back and it was still very high quality for a food court, as long as your expectations are at the level of a food court.  My experiences with the downtown Xoco/Frontera/Topo mothership have been uniformly great.  

 

As for the variance in Tortas locations in ORD, I've found that the Terminal 2 location is always busier but more on their game than the United terminal location.  Given the choice I'll do the extra walk.  No experience with the International terminal yet, but it's already 10 degrees and snowing here in Chicago.  If anyone wants to donate miles to the freezing I'll happily provide a field report. 

 

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 05:21 PM

My second meal at One Flew South, in Concourse E of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, was good. Our first dinner there was about 4 years ago, and opened our eyes to what good airport food could be. This meal wasn't quite at that level, but still much better than anything else at ATL (and that certainly would include Paschal's, which I've found to be very mediocre, if not bad, the few times I've tried it). My thyme rubbed pork belly was a bit large, but included three nice pieces of flavorful and nicely cooked pork belly over a rutabaga puree and underneath an arugula and black-eyed pea salad. the pickled red onion on top was fine, though perhaps a bit more than what was needed. As a starter I had a bagel roll--it caught my eye because of the use of greek yogurt in place of cream cheese, so I had to try it. It was okay, just okay, and I would have been better served by sticking to the kitchen menu. My Mettler Zinfandel was fine, showing some indication of sitting a bit longer after being uncorked than perhaps it should have, but just a bit. Service was friendly.

 

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 12:13 PM

Xoco is a different, more expansive concept that what is offered at Tortas Frontera.  Tortas basically has tortas, open faced sandwiches and a couple breakfast options.  Xoco has a more extensive sandwich menu, soups and rice bowls, churros and chocolate made to order, and a full on separate breakfast menu (killer chilaquiles, emapanadas, and breakfast tortas - some overlap with the Tortas menu there).  It's a quick service format similar to G Sandwich shop.  And it's awesome.  You should probably go if you get the chance - especially on goat barbacoa day. 

 

Frontera Fresco is more like a cafeteria style experience but also has things on the menu that the other places don't have except for occasional specials - things like tacos and tamales.  I don't know if there was a sell off like you speculated but the only time I've been was a while back and it was still very high quality for a food court, as long as your expectations are at the level of a food court.  My experiences with the downtown Xoco/Frontera/Topo mothership have been uniformly great.  

 

As for the variance in Tortas locations in ORD, I've found that the Terminal 2 location is always busier but more on their game than the United terminal location.  Given the choice I'll do the extra walk.  No experience with the International terminal yet, but it's already 10 degrees and snowing here in Chicago.  If anyone wants to donate miles to the freezing I'll happily provide a field report. 

 

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Thanks for breaking down those differences better than I could have done. I get a bite at the Old Orchard Frontera a few times a year, and it's usually good. My mom has been taking some classes at Northwestern and says the NU location is terribly slow.

I never think of Xoco as a breakfast spot, though I'm also not often in River North in the morning. But what I've seen looks good.



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 08:42 PM

A colleague and I grabbed lunch for the plane at Homeboy Cafe in LAX Terminal 4 near Gate 40. I had the cobb salad, which was huge and made with good green leaf lettuce, grilled chicken (a smidge salty), bacon, feta, grape tomatoes, red onion, and came with ranch; and a cranberry orange muffin. Both were tasty, but set me back about $15. Google tells me that Homeboy Industries, the parent organization, is a nonprofit that provides job training and other services (including legal services, which makes the former legal services attorney happy) to ex-gang members looking to start over.

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:23 AM

800 Degrees in the international terminal makes a damn fine pizza, nearly as good as any of DC area's best.

 

Wolfgang Puck Express in terminal 7 does not.

 

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 08:30 AM

Had nice beef brisket breakfast tacos with 'spicy' barbecue sauce (which was really more sweet and only very minimally spicy) at Dickey's Pit BBQ. Adding some extra heat was easy, though, and these were good with that amendment.

 

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 09:15 PM

I have been going through CLT several times a year for many years,especially since UsedAir stopped using Pittsburgh as an important hub. About the only place I buy food stuffs other than coffee there is Jamba Juice. It's between the walks between the D and E concourses and the C concourse. 

 

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