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When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.
Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:
Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5
This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.
Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7
Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.
Abica Coffee: ATL
Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.
A few years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—the ones responsible for running the big airports like JFK and Newark—gobbled up operations at Stewart International. The airport in the Hudson Valley has gained some new flights since then, plus a greater presence on the airport map, but the one thing they've been missing all these years is alcohol.
We never even noticed it before, but this airport has been dry—no beer, no wine, and no liquor. Thankfully this is changing, and now nervous flyers everywhere can score a little bit of pre-flight medicine—or confidence—before heading to the boarding door.
Be sure to bring your appetite if you’re heading to or through Copenhagen anytime soon, as the airport is bringing in some fine concourse cuisine.
As part of the Copenhagen Cooking Food Festival the airport has opened up a pop-up restaurant called Hallo Hello. Of course the food here is the focus, but the folks behind the idea—Lasse Askov and Bo Lindegaard—have real life social networks on the mind as well.
They’re encouraging diners to share three course meals with strangers, as they’re trying their best to offer up a little bit of relationship and friendship as a side dish.
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When we last left Portland International Airport we were busy admiring their beautiful airport carpet designs, but now we’re back and we’re investigating something a little more delicious. A bunch of famous local eats from the city’s foodie scene are making their way past security and into the terminals and concourses. Best of all we won’t have to wait years and years for a first taste, as the first will likely debut early next year.
It sounds like plenty of vendors, restaurants, and other shops are running out of time on their leases. That means that a whole bunch of establishments will be changing hands, and that allows spots like Bunk Sandwiches, Bunk Sandwiches, and Mo's Chowder to open a few new airport locations to offer up some on the go eats.
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We can hardly keep up with how great things are over at Changi Airport, but yet again we’re ready to share some news about what fun stuff they’re adding to the terminals and concourses.
This week the airport is adding a little bit of the local foodie scene, as they’re taking a creative spin on the airport food court. The new options are all included within what they’re calling "Singapore Food Street," as they’re introducing 13 local hawker stalls right into the airport.
Good news for hungry travelers heading to or through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as a new sandwich shop is due to open with something other than the usual airport fare.
The new place will be called Banh Shop, and it’s the first location of the Vietnamese sandwich concept being tested out from the company behind other fast food eateries like Taco Bell and KFC. The focus here will be banh mi, as well as variations on the sandwich.
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On Sunday, I was sitting in Terminal 4 at LAX, having a coffee at Campanile during a layover. I was seated in one of the last bar stools, right by the glass display case where sandwiches and salads are sold to go. I was enjoying this seat for the sake of people watching, but for the most part I was minding my own business.
Then, someone came up and bought a salad, and I almost fell off my bar stool. I couldn’t believe what the charge had been for the chicken Caesar salad, the one in the clear plastic take-away container. I also couldn’t believe the customer had gone through with the purchase after he heard the price. Ready for this? Including tax, $19 and change!
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If you’re headed off to the airport anytime soon there’s probably a chance you’ll need something to eat at some point, so here's a heads-up for the newest openings and coming soon situations.
For those who have summer vacation plans in upstate New York, Syracuse airport officials are hard at work getting one of those Johnny Rockets spots—famous for burgers, fries, and nostalgia—ready before the end of the year. A new Dunkin’ Donuts and Market Express have already opened up shop, and there are also plans to feature some local brews and beverages over at Middle Ages Alehouse.
Starbucks, Coffee Bean, yawn... we're tired of the same old options around every corner, too, and so next time you've got a stopover at Miami International and need a good cup of joe, try a cup of the local specialty.
Called cafe con leche (coffee with milk), this Cuban creation is very similar to a latte by definition in that it is coffee mixed with scalded whole milk at a 1:1 ratio. The main difference is that while a latte typically has foam on top, cafe con leche does not.
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If your travels have brought you through Chicago O'Hare's International Terminal, then you may have noticed that it's hardly the nicest place to spend some pre-flight time. Alas, that was then and this is now, because as of last week, passengers are now being welcomed into a totally refreshed Terminal 5, featuring Chicago hometown brands and international boutiques.
The project totaled $26 million and two years of overhauling, but the terminal now boasts a wider variety of airside activities. Chicago restaurant masters, Lettuce Entertain You, have opened several of their mainstay eateries (Big Bowl, Wow Bao, Urban Olive, Hub51 and R.J. Grunts) and, if you need a pick-me-up, there's Intelligentsia Coffee for delicious brews and Wicker Park deli, The Goddess and Grocer for nibbles. No drama if you've got your heart set on Frontera Grill's tortas, since Rick Bayless has this terminal covered as well.
It seems that each and every week we hear about new restaurants hitting the airport dining scene, and this week is no exception. At this point you probably know that Sbarro and Starbucks are out in favor of some high end concourse cuisine, and that’s exactly what they’re getting over at Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A—the good stuff.
Fans of Top Chef and The Chew will want to head to the airport a little bit earlier than usual, as they’ll need time to check out one of the latest ventures from Carla Hall. It’ll be a little bit of time before things start serving up terminal treats, as it seems like the middle of 2015 is the target opening date.
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.