Staying inside security is the key for sure. Memphis is #1!
Memphis has reasonably priced "Corky’s" and "Interstate" barbecue on the concourses, both equal to what you would get in downtown Memphis. I like Interstate, but there is always a long line that hurts if you have a quick connection.
Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Lindbergh Terminal is one of the best places for food layover there is because once inside security all restaurants are accessible and there are several to choose from. The terminal is a major hub terminal for Northwest Airlines so there is a good chance you could get stuck there. A complete list can be found here.
…and clicking on the Shop and Eat Guide PDF file.
Also, the Mall of America is very close by and reachable by light rail from the terminal if your layover is extended.
Milwaukee’s Mitchell International has the following places within a mile or so from the airport. Everyone is on my personal city favorites list.
Jalapeno Loco for very good Mexican, Beer Belly’s for Friday pan fried blue gill, lake perch or walleye, potato pancakes; very good french fries and sandwiches other days, The Packing House for a supper club atmosphere and it’s special prime fillet is as good a piece of beef as you’ll find, The Porterhouse-just fantastic Prime Rib, The Nightowl for double cheeseburgers but it’s only open seasonally, Martino’s-Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs, San Dong-Chinese/Korean plastic plate food with some with home made noodles, Oakland Gyro’s-gyro’s also a disposable plate place, super clean, with (I’m told) a fantastic ladies room, Final Approach-very good bar and grill that serves passable oysters Rock among other imaginative fare.
There are other places nearby, many actually, and some have their place such as a Culver’s and a cook your own steak over real lump charcoal place, The Prime Quarter, but the ones I mentioned first, I’d try first. Packy’s Pub serves a Sunday only real Irish breakfast that’s not to be missed if you have that narrow window of time available (I think it’s something like 11am-2pm). Dino’s pizza is a thicker crust Neapolitan-type pizza place that has a bonus of being very reasonably priced. Robert’s Lounge is one of Milwaukee’s prettiest bars, very 1920’s arts and crafts, that serves superb cocktails and has just started serving food that I have not yet sampled. A bit farther to the east on Layton in Cudahy sits Old Carriage Cafe, my favorite Serbian place in town (no bureks without a two hour notice though); nearby also is Ilija’s Place, also excellent Serbian.
Air Travel being what it is these days, how many times do we find ourselves with a five or six hour layover,trapped in the airport, with precious little worth eating? I am looking for best suggestions of Roadfood finds within an easy cab ride from an airport.
To start the ball rolling I offer Harbor Seafood and Oyster House in Kenner LA, virtually around the corner from the New Orleans Airport at 3203 Williams Blvd.
Attached to a fish market, Harbor offers fresh N.O. seafood treats like raw oysters (hence the name) boiled crawfish in season, Po’Boys and fried platters (red plastic baskets actually).A very agreeable Po’ Boy results as freshly shucked oysters slide from the shell into cornmeal into the fryolator in short order.A neighborhood place which has to stay good or be gone, Harbor makes a N.O.airport stay into a yummy opportunity rather than a test of endurance.
I imagine there are other hidden treasures just beyond the access ramps. Please share.
Totally agree and there’s also a new runway open at Atlanta, which significantly reduces congestion.
Dallas – Fort Worth, DFW, at least the American Airlines portion, is much improved too. I avoided it for years.
My old favorite at PGH was a bar at the end of one of the concourses that served fresh cooked potato chips and 23 oz. Dundee’s Honey Browns. Perfect before the short flight back to MKE. I think it was Hot Licks, but it is no longer there.
The best last time I was there was O’Brien’s Grille & Pub, I think its a non-chain. Try the Sheppard’s Pie if it is available and wash it down with an Irish ale.
I almost never fly, hate it. But in Oct of 06 I flew from LAX to O’hare and had my 1st ever CSD. It was very tasty so I had a 2nd one. So next time I fly to Calif. I’ll try getting myself routed thru there again.
The Atlanta airport has really improved over the past year with a overall makeover and many choices in food. I have no idea how many new restaurants have been added but it is huge.
I have been traveling through Hartsfield for better than 40 years. It is much much better now.
If I am there in the AM, I always get the Popeyes chicken and biscuit with some grape jelly.
Paul E. Smith
Goldstar Chili in the Delta terminal at Cincinnati airport. If I had a 6 hour layover, I would probably eat there twice.
Legal Seafood at Logan airport in Boston. Good for a last New England seafood fix.
Mons Venus just east of Tampa airport for eye-candy.[;)]
Hmm – I may have seen that Ben & Jerry’s but at 10 am (after catching a 0730 flight), I can’t quite get myself in the mood for ice cream. Yes, I know I have a problem but when I worked for a restaurant company, my problem was never the sweet stuff but always the savory stuff. In other words, skip the chocolate croissants, gimme that ham & cheese croissant and keep’em coming…
Portland, Oregon’s airport has Gustav’s, a fairly decent place with fish and chips, fondue, German sausage and decent beer.P rices are the same as non-airport locations and the food is good. Annie’s Donuts, the Cameo Cafe and Fairley’s Pharmacy are a short cab ride away if you are so inclined.
There is a Primanti’s in Moon Twp., just a few minutes away from the Pittsburgh airport. And just across the street from it is Wings, Suds & Spuds, my favorite wing place in the area.
Mark in VT
^^that place has Vernor’s on tap!!!!! [:X]
Oh Yeah, I brave using the plane bathroom to fill up on that stuff before heading back to VT. [:D]
Off topic, but I just returned from a (JEEZUSITWASFREAKIN’COLD) trip to Milwaukee/Wisconsin Dells and was REALLY impressed by the book store in the Milwaukee airport… could’ve easily spent several hours just relaxing and checking out the used selections. It had the feel of a great independent bookstore which is really unusual to find in an airport…. so if you grab some food at the places mentioned above you could have a really pleasant delay/layover in Milwaukee… who would’ve thought?
^^that place has Vernor’s on tap!!!!! [:X]
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