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Dallas Airport Trying to Ditch Junk Food for Better Health

February 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

The healthiest airport in the whole wide world will soon be found here at home in the nifty fifty. Well at least that’s the plan if the folks down in Dallas get their way, as they are eager to show that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the best option for hungry travelers.

In the past the place has done well when examined by the group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as they’ve scored in the top five for good-for-you options when on the go. However, the airport is now going all in with salads, greens, and other healthy habits.

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Where to Find the Only Airport Locations of 'Starbucks Evenings'

January 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

If there’s one staple of the airport dining scene—besides Sbarro of course—it has to be Starbucks. The ubiquitous coffee shop is there when you need them, and of course they can supply you with everything from caffeine and cookies to macchiato and muffins.

Now things are getting even better, as the Starbucks Evenings concept has made its way to the airport. It’s just like Starbucks but with a little less coffee and a lot more food and wine. Here’s where to find the first couple of these locations during your next layover.

Los Angeles International Airport

The latest Starbucks Evenings location is part of the upgrades and improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal over at LAX . This one has been open since late last year, and it now gives the option for travelers to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer before their flight. As far as snacks are concerned they of course have those as well, as Chipotle Hummus Dip and Goat Cheese Flatbread are just a couple of the additions to the menu to help you further enjoy that adult beverage. Stop by before your next flight if you’re in the neighborhood of the South Concourse between Gates 157 and 156.

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Spring Rolls, BBQ, and French Sammies Coming to an Airport Restaurant Near You

September 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

We’re not sure if this is the year of airport eats, but it’s getting pretty darn close. Gone are the days of prepackaged sandwiches and stale pizza, as airports around the globe are really creating their own restaurant scene. Here are just a few airports worth checking out on your next layover.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

The suburban shopping mall is expanding out towards the airport, as a chain restaurant favorite is finally making an appearance within the terminal. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now home the world’s only airport edition of PF Chang’s, so feel free to get an order of those lettuce wraps between flights. Asian inspired cuisine can be found on the upper mezzanine of Concourse A—the former home of a Chili's—and they’ll even be serving breakfast.

New York's JFK Airport

At New York’s JFK the hits keep on coming over at Terminal 2, as Delta keeps pouring in the cash and new ideas to spruce and spiff things up. The plan is to bring new ideas and flavors, as well as whole bunch of iPads—after all, it’s more fun to order that way. New options that will be rolling in include Due Amici—think rustic Italian tastes with plenty of meat and cheese platters—as well as the BRKLYN Beer Garden and its 20 beers on tap. A French sandwich shop—Croque Madame—will be serving stuff up right in the terminal, as well as a Japanese spot called Shiso.

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Food Trucks Arrive, and Will Stay, Over at SFO

August 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM | by | ()

Food trucks at the airport are hardly a new concept, as we’ve seen them pop up all over the place. The latest airport to get in on the food truck fun is San Francisco International Airport, as a whole bunch of on-the-go eats are on their way to just outside the terminal.

Things started up as a test earlier in the summer, but the project must have received a passing grade—as the trucks are staying around as a permanent addition to the airport landscape. The Off The Grid trucks will now be doing their thing each and every Thursday—that’s tomorrow—between 11am and 2pm.

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New Airport Eats Arrive in San Diego, Dayton and Atlanta

August 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM | by | ()

New restaurants seem to be popping up at airports across the country faster than we can keep track of them, so we took some time to check out some of the newest options. Here’s just a few of the latest establishments competing with Sbarro for your airport restaurant dollars:

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

There’s a new less than healthy option for you to enjoy down in Atlanta, and it’s full of Southern flavor. Bojangles'—famous for fried chicken and plenty of other stuff—got its start in North Carolina, but is now busy expanding elsewhere. The latest stop is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as the place should be open this month over in Concourse T. We’d recommend sitting down to enjoy their hand-breaded chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and sandwiches, as the aromas might not be quite as enjoyable once aboard the airplane. If you need to something to take with you get some of their super sweet iced tea—delicious.

Dayton International Airport

Unless it’s your final destination there’s probably a good chance you’re flying to—rather than through—Dayton, Ohio. So if you’re headed into town or departing be sure to leave some time to enjoy a couple of new airport restaurants later this year. A brand new Starbucks will be bringing the caffeine fun to Concourse B, and over at the airport’s Main Concourse the airport will welcome a Chick-fil-A. In addition to the new options it sounds like they’ll also be upgrading and updating the Max & Erma’s location over in the Main Concourse. All the construction should be done before the end of the year, as the new spots will be open this fall.

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A Pop-Up Restaurant Checks In at Copenhagen Airport

August 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | ()

If you’re fly to—or through—the airport over in Copenhagen within the next month or so, you might just want to build in some extra time for a nice airport meal. This isn’t just a slice of Sbarro either, as this is probably one of the best airport restaurants around. Just remember to act quickly, as this Michelin-level spot is one of those pop-up options.

CPH Nordic Dining and its open kitchen will feature offerings from three of the country’s best chefs. Thomas Rode will be bringing techniques from his place—Kong Hans Kælder—and David Johansen from Kokkeriet will also be making some airport appearances. Last but not least is Mikkel Marschall who will also make up part of this tasty triumvirate of airport chefs.

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What's New at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX (Hint: Everything)

Where: 1 World Way [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90045
June 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | ()

If you thought airport terminals were just for killing time until your flight boards, well, you're right. Except at the new Tom Bradley International Temrinal at Los Angeles International Airport, you'll have a lot more to do while you wait. You'll also have a lot more to eat and to buy, thanks to the glut of new retail and dining options--totaling 150,000-sq.ft.--that will be in place when the terminal officially opens its "Great Hall" later this year.

The new terminal, which was done in a partnership with the luxury travel retailer, The DFS Group (DFS), and Westfield, developer of shopping malls and centers around the world, will finally bring LAX on par with other international airports around the world like Heathrow and JFK. And it will give you a chance to indulge yourself before and after your long trip.

Here's what to expect from the dining side of things. All in all there will be 31 new restaurants from luxury dining to healthy fare and the usual grab-and-go. These restaurants in particular caught our tongue, er, eye.

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How to Celebrate National Donut Day on the Road: Donut Shops in Airports

June 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

Today is more than just any Friday; it's National Donut Day. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we'll be doing what we do best: writing about donuts. And travel. Traveling donuts! People who travel for donuts! You get the idea. Now go get a cruller.

For those of you that are planning to be in the air today, there's no need to be left out of the National Donut Day action today (or really any day), as we've located the best airport donut outlets for getting it on with some sort of glazed-, cake-, frosted- or sprinkled-doughnut goodness.

For those that have decided that an ultra long-haul flight to Singapore is in order, look out for the Singapore Airlines gift of the sweet treat. The airline will start serving up Randy Donuts to passengers who fork over some extra cash to fly in their suites and business class seats form LAX. If you just can't swing that kind of dough, get some literal dough at Randy's shop in Inglewood, where the airline will be offering a free doughnut to anyone who stops by from 7 to 10am (today only).

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Why (Former) Gang Members May Be Cooking Your Food at LAX

April 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM | by | ()

We’re always quick to point out a solid option for airport eats, but more times than not we’re focused on the food. This time we’re looking at more of the story behind the restaurant, but don’t worry, they’ve still got some good grub to grab on the go.

Homeboy Industries is a non-profit organization looking to help those down on their luck work their way back into the community. The place does its best to help keep former gang member out of jail and on the straight and narrow. They do all kinds of good as well as plenty of warm and fuzzy, but what we’re most interested in is their latest venture over at the airport.

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New Airport Eats Arrive in Houston, Dallas and Boston

April 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | ()

New restaurants seem to be popping up at airports across the country faster than we can keep track of them, so we took some time to check out some of the newest options. Here’s just a few of the latest establishments competing with Sbarro for your airport restaurant dollars:

Dallas Love Field

Southwest is the carrier that ‘LUVs’ to fly to and from the smaller airport down in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean that the airport isn’t a great place to relax between flights. New restaurants are all part of a new expansion at the airport, as October 2014 is when certain flight restrictions will become a thing of the past.

Whataburger—in its first airport appearance—brings burgers and fries into the terminal, but if you’re looking to sit down during your meal there’s always Cool River and Sky Canyon. National options include places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, because you just need your coffee fix. However, if you’re looking for something local there’s Campisi’s Pizza, Cantina Laredo, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Things opened up earlier this week, so swing by if you’re heading to or heading through.

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Shake Shack and More on Deck for JFK's Terminal 4

March 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

When it comes to eating at the airport this might just be some of the best news we’ve heard all year, as New York-JFK is getting ready to add a whole bunch of restaurants and dining establishments. We’re sure they’re all pretty darn tasty in their own way, and we welcome them all to the terminal; however, there’s one brand that we just can’t wait to see arrive—Shake Shack.

It’s all part of a $28 million development deal, as 16 new restaurants are heading to Terminal 4 over at JFK Airport. That terminal of the airport mostly operates the international flights, so a nice burger and fries will be a warm welcome to those returning from aboard or those visiting the nifty fifty for the very first time. Everything will be completed by the end of the year, and the first phase of the restaurants should arrive as soon as this May.

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Does an Airport Really Need Two Johnny Rockets?

Where: Quito, Ecuador
March 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

When it comes to airport dining we’ve seen some pretty solid options over the last few years. In fact there are some spots that are so darned tasty, that we have even built in a little extra time just to take in a decent meal from the comfort of the airport.

Now we’re not saying that we don’t enjoy a good burger now and then, but we probably don’t need to have two of them during our trip. However, that might just be the idea down in Ecuador, as Mariscal Sucre International Airport now has two outlets of Johnny Rockets restaurants. If you ask us that might just be an overdose waiting to happen.

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