Airport Dining Worthy of a Long Layover
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- As much as people complain about airplane food, meals on the ground within the actual airport are sometimes far worse than in the air. You usually have a choice of assembly-line Chinese food, glorified snack bars and pizza restaurants that make an outpost of Chili's Too look like fine dining. Stricter airport restrictions since 9/11 made the situation worse.
In the past few years, though, a stronger travel market has spurred a wave of gourmet dining options at some of the world's top travel hubs, where layovers usually allow for leisurely meals free of paper napkins and plastic trays.
|London's famous Pizza Express can also be found at Hong Kong International Airport.|
Tucked within Terminal E of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, One Flew South can entice even a reluctant airport eater to sit down for lengthy sushi feasts and gourmet meals just a few steps past the main security shakedown area. A glassy entrance framed in a singular slab of pink Cherokee marble leads to a main dining room wrapped in photographic mural of a Georgia forest. Floors are laid in knotty wide-plank pine with modern white leather chairs and a marble sushi bar popular with the local sports and celebrity set (some of whom even skip the first-class lounge to visit). A menu of "southernational" flavors uses locally sourced ingredients when possible on such meals as pecan-dusted scallops, thyme-roasted pork belly and selections of sashimi and Japanese cut rolls.
Those flying out of JFK find no shortage of culinary options, as long as they're in the right terminal. In Terminal 5, JetBlue's NYC hub, the culinary offerings are without compromise. Former Buddakan chef Michael Schulson leads one of the best eateries from within the modern, neon-blue dining room at Deep Blue -- serving tuna tartare spring rolls, calamari salads and glazed black cod from a sushi, robata and yakitori kitchen. Those not in the mood for Japanese find the first tapas-style eatery in any U.S. airport at Piquillo. Its Moorish-tile walls and arched ceiling could just as easily be in Barcelona's Gothic District with an all-day menu of jamon tomate, fried squid sandwiches and grilled lamb chops with enough garlic to ward-off chatty middle-seaters.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV