Dan here today. While you’re reading this post, I’m in the air headed to Miami for a race. Unfortunately, since it seems to be spring break, the only cheap flight leaves at 6:10 in the morning, which means a 4am wakeup call for me. Stupid college students. Since I’ll be spending most of the day traveling, I’ll be having a fair amount of airport food.
Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time in airports and sampled a number of different types of airport “cuisine.” A few places have impressed me. My favorite, of course, is the Silver Diner in the Southwest terminal at BWI. The Silver Diner used to be a favorite hangout spot for me in high school and on trips home from college, and I look forward to getting my peppermint patty milkshake with chocolate ice cream every time I fly into or out of that airport. Midway has some pretty good selections too, most notably the Potbelly and the Ben and Jerry’s. I’ve also enjoyed a few meals in Houston Intercontinental at the Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen and, more recently, at a burger joint somewhere in the maze of concourses on our way back from Roatan.
Unfortunately, these places are not the norm. Most airports seem to offer a choice between McDonald’s, Burger King, and maybe a pizza place or two, plus the generic sports bar. Denver falls into this category. The only real option on the C concourse, besides McDonald’s, is Einstein Bros bagels. Don’t get me wrong, Einstein’s is fine, but I wish there were a few more sandwich-y options. Maybe a Panera or a Subway or a deli of some sort. (Actually, come to think of it, there may be a Paradise Café in the Denver airport somewhere, but I think it’s tucked away down at one end by the gates). That’s really all I have to say. I was trying for a coherent point in there somewhere, but I kind of lost it at the end. But if you fly out of BWI, be sure to get the peppermint patty milkshake with chocolate ice cream. Take it from me, you won’t regret it.