The best airport food in the country
With travelers spending more time in terminals, airports have had to take their food offerings to the next level. Gone are the days when airports offered a snack bar with hot dogs on a roller, generic restaurants with basic fare and branded fast-food outlets. Today, three trends have emerged that aim to keep airport goers satisfied — celebrity chef restaurants, outposts of local/regional favorite eateries and special airport-only restaurant concepts. Check out a few our favorites below.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
One of the best celebrity chef restaurants is located in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD): Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless. The winner of the hit Bravo television show “Top Chef Masters," Bayless specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine with eight concepts across the Windy City. You can find Tortas Frontera in Terminals 1, 3 and 5 at O'Hare. Using locally sourced ingredients, Bayless' airport locations are well known for serving tortas, Mexico's version of a warm, toasted sandwich, and offering a customized guacamole bar with five toppings. A customer favorite is cochinita pibil — achiote and citrus-braised pork, pickled red onions and black beans that comes with a side of roasted habanero salsa. Stop by, order online, or better yet — have your food delivered to your gate.
Los Angeles International Airport
The United home at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is Terminal 7, which is also home to The Counter, an eatery with locations in nine different states and four different countries. The restaurant allows passengers to customize their burgers with cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns. Options include beef, turkey, portobello mushrooms, vegan veggie and chicken. The restaurant also offers salads, fries, sandwiches and sweet treats, all of which can be packed up for maximum enjoyment on your flight.
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport (DEN) is home to Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill, a concept created by concessions operator Delaware North. It features delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, beers, wines and specialty cocktails. The restaurant, located in Concourse B, is known for its big burgers and vegetarian options, along with multiple television screens, ensuring you won't miss the big game when traveling.
Newark Liberty International Airport
In November 2014, United Airlines announced a major upgrade of food and beverage options in its Terminal C hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). In partnership with OTG Management, the airline is introducing 55 new eateries that offer a myriad of options for travelers. They include Vo Banh Mi, an outpost of a New York City-based Cambodian sandwich shop; Saison, a French bistro created by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse; healthy Mediterranean cuisine from Flora café; and Melange Petit Patisserie from chocolate master Jacques Torres. It's safe to say you won't run out of options when traveling through Newark.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Finally, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has an outlet of the city's iconic restaurant Dooky Chase, a mainstay in the city since 1941. For travelers who can't make it to the restaurant's Treme neighborhood in the city, the outlet in the airport's main terminal offers its favorite dishes. Menu items include red beans and rice, fried chicken, po'boys, fried catfish, peach cobbler and whiskey bread pudding. The food is so good that you'll want to come back time and time again.
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In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
We are going above and beyond to find creative ways to transport fresh food and produce, as well as basic essentials from the U.S. mainland to military and their families in Guam/Micronesia. On Saturday, March 28, we operated an exclusive cargo-only B777-300 charter to transport nearly 100,000 pounds of food essentials to Guam to support our troops.
In addition, we move mail year-round all over the world. In response to COVID-19, and in support of the military members and their families overseas, we implemented a charter network, transporting military mail to Frankfurt, which is then transported all over Europe and the Middle East. Since March 20, we have flown 30,000+ pounds of military mail every day between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Frankfurt (FRA). On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, we have carried an average of 35,000 pounds of mail to help families stay connected.
"Connecting products and mail to people around the world is the United Cargo mission," said United Cargo President Jan Krems. "Keeping our military families connected with the goods they need, and keeping them connected with loved ones to feel a sense of home, is of critical importance. As a company that has long supported our military families and veterans, our teams are proud to mobilize to lend a hand."
On average, we ship more than 1 billion pounds of cargo every year on behalf of domestic and international customers. For more information, visit unitedcargo.com.
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