Airport Concession Confessions-Fast Food

8 Nov

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?

5 Responses to “Airport Concession Confessions-Fast Food”

  1. David Mueller (@quanterium) November 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Ahh… SFO! Really discovered Boudin at Terminal 3. In general I love how they have lots of outlets from local places and not so many huge national chains. I’m amused at how Burger King is tucked away off on its own in the corner of the terminal, and not in the prime food court locations.

    I’m looking forward to San Diego’s new concessions. They’ve moved in the same direction as SFO, increasing the number of local outlets. Highlights that stand out to me include Phil’s BBQ, Tender Greens, and Stone Brewing. I suppose Jack and the Box counts as local too, since their headquarters is in San Diego.

  2. Stephanie November 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    MMMmmmmmmmmm Krispy Kreme Donuts! So good but so bad for the thighs.

  3. Al B November 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Phil’s, Tender Greens, and Stone Brewing: Excellent reasons to visit SAN.

    Jerry’s Dogs is probably worth a visit at the new SNA (John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.) food court.

  4. Ken November 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    How about Dim Sum outlet? It’s fast and convenient to eat.

    • Aviation Queen November 18, 2011 at 8:07 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion. I only noted places I’ve actually tried.

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