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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.

 

I'm excited about the new Ink.sack at LAX!



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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.

 

DFW.

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.
 
MSP

 

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.

 

(Apologies for the rotation.)

 

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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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