Will Fly For Food

5 Jul

As an aviation journalist, I have seen the best and worst of airport food.  I also am a big fan of the $100 hamburger, which is just an excuse for general aviation pilots to fly from one destination to another.

Which is why I cheered when I saw this great article — Test crew flies Boeing 747-8 to Pittsburgh for sandwich — from our good friend Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today’s Today In The Sky blog.  This story has two elements I just love — the Boeing 747-8 and great food.

The crew for the 747-8 flew from Seattle to Pittsburgh for some flight testing and took the opportunity to take delivery of sandwiches from Primanti Brothers.  Having feasted on its signature  sandwich –  grilled meat (give me ham), a vinegar-based cole slaw, tomato slices, and a mound of french fries between two hunks of Italian bread — I know why they made this particular stop, and I’m not hating on them.

Last September, I took a digital storytelling course at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.  We had to do a 2-minute story on the topic of our choice.  We were 5 minutes away from the Albert Whitted Airport, so I decided that’s where my story was.  After I shot my video, I went upstairs for lunch.  It was one of the best — and most reasonably priced — meals of my life.  I had a chicken/sun-dried tomato pasta with fresh bread that I still dream about to this day.

Another great airport restaurant is Enrique’s at the Ponca City, OK, airport.  Their chips and salsa are to die for, and you must try the Chicken Huarache.  When I went to Learn To Fly Day last year at Frederick (MD) Municipal Airport, I had a great — and cheap — lunch at the Airport Diner. The view of the runway was a bonus!

On the commercial side, I give high marks to Chicago Midway’s food concourse. You get a real feel of Chicago with its great mix of local food institutions, like Gold Coast Dogs, Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant, Pegasus on the Fly and Nuts on Clark.

So what am I missing? What commercial and GA airports offer the best meal options?

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7 Responses to “Will Fly For Food”

  1. Pueblo Spotter July 5, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Down here in Pueblo, the Spitfire Grill is a great mix of diner and airport restaurant- models hanging from the ceiling, countless photos of visitors to PUB on every inch of the walls, and a wide view of the ramp, as well as the main runway. The food is a great blend of American classics- The “Plane Cheeseburger” is one of my favorites- as well as local specialties- sloppers, burritos, etc. It’s a great place to stop in to grab a bite before your flight, or an excuse to head out to the airport.

  2. HobbyAirport July 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I challenge you to come try the pancakes at Pappas Burger! Pappas Burger has awesome burgers too, plus handspun milkshakes. Hobby Airport also has Pappadeaux, Pappasito’s and Buffalo Wild Wings – just to name a few.

    • Aviation Queen July 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      I’ve been to Pappasito’s at HOU and the food is fantastic!! I also love Harlan’s at IAH!!

  3. IAH July 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Where should I start? Just at Terminal C alone – Wine and Dine at the award winning Le Grand Comptoir; Feast your eyes on the array of options at The Real Food Company; Have you tried Urban Crave?? All we can say is YOWZA!! Bacon wrapped Haute Dogs!, Ceviche, Inside-out-burgers, mouth-watering sandwiches – YUM!; Come on down to Houston!

  4. AdvanceMan July 6, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Ksea has a restaurant that features some awesome salads including tabouli

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  1. Will Fly For Food (via Aviation Queen) « Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club (CRUFC) - July 6, 2011

    [...] As an aviation journalist, I have seen the best and worst of airport food.  I also am a big fan of the $100 hamburger, which is just an excuse for general aviation pilots to fly from one destination to another. Which is why I cheered when I saw this great article — Test crew flies Boeing 747-8 to Pittsburgh for sandwich — from our good friend Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today's Today In The Sky blog.  This story has two elements I just love — the Bo … Read More [...]

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