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Best Airport Chinese Restaurant?  
User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 609 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Hi,

I'm in search of some recommendations to eat at in major US Airports, especially Chinese places.

I just got a new job and plan to fly about 180k a year so I'm going to be living off airport food.

As for Chinese places, I have to say the Chinese place in Concourse F of PHL is terrible, as is the one in terminal 2 at JFK, yet the one at LGA is US Air terminal is managable.

I was wondering if anywhere is decent, specifically ATL, CLT, IAD?

On a side note, I love the Qdoba in Terminal C at CVG and the Quiznos in Concourse B at CMH. Is Chipotle in any airports in the US, maybe DEN?

Also would love to hear about any of your recommendations about any other place to eat, especially non-chain restraurants.

Thanks,
AirOne

[Edited 2007-11-14 21:51:21]

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User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

There is (at least a few years ago) a Panda Express in the Rotunda between terminal 2 and 3 at ORD. While it is not great it is decent. If you are traveling through Las Vegas I would recommend Port-of-Subs for Sandwiches, I worked there as a kid and they were quite good. I would stay away from the pre-maid sandwiches and ask for a fresh made one.
I have also found that the MSP and SEA have really good options.



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User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1380 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

There was a thread on this recently - do a search.

I think PIT had the best Chinese?

There is a Manchu Wok at CLE and that or Panda at PDX.


User currently offlineXJET From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 492 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

DEN and SEA have some of the best selections I have seen. AUS is also not too bad. I haven't run across any really good Chinese food at any airport. It is all pretty normal. Kinda like the kind you would get in a food court at a mall. Big grin

The Sweetwater Taproom in ATL is awesome. Great beer. Food is normal pub fare. I think it is in Terminal B.


User currently offlineXJET From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 492 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3237 times:



Quoting ADent (Reply 2):

I would steer clear of that Manchu Wok in CLE. I ate at it once in three years of working a lot out of that hub, and it is by far some of the worst food of any kind I have had in my life.


User currently offlineUnited350 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

The best Chinese Food in an airport is certainly at SFO. We have Harbor Village in international A, a famous, local, highly rated Chinese place.

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8492 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

CLT has decent Chinese, plus you should try the other one at PHL. Terminal C/D, not the F terminal. C/D is better, but not great by any means. Still, it is probably some of the better food at PHL.

SFO also has some good Chinese food.

I have not seen Chipotle anywhere.


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3174 times:



Quoting RW717 (Reply 1):
a Panda Express in the Rotunda between terminal 2 and 3 at ORD

Chinese food, come on; although it's not bad

Quoting United350 (Reply 5):
Chinese Food in an airport is certainly at SFO.

would make sense

are we just talking the US airports here? Because I heard in China, they have some good Chinese food  Big grin



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6018 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3159 times:

I nearly got sick from eating the chinese at ATL. It was overpriced, and not very tasty. A chimichanga would've been healthier.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

There's a Manchu Wok in T3 at JFK near the gate where the DL NCE flight used to go from - not bad Sweet and Sour Pork. Trouble is, Chinese food makes you thirsty which is never ideal before a long flight.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3136 times:



Quoting AirOne (Thread starter):
I was wondering if anywhere is decent, specifically ATL

.

There is a Panda Express on E, Manchu Wok locations in the Atrium & A, and a Mandarin Express on B.

There's a Qdoba on E, a Moe's (Another Fresh-Mex type place like Qdoba) on C (They do an awesome breakfast burrito). There's a Chick-Fil-A on Concourse A. Checkers has a location on B (At least they did a few years ago). The ATL website is not completely up to date on eateries, with the exception of Concourse E.

Quoting XJET (Reply 3):
The Sweetwater Taproom in ATL is awesome. Great beer. Food is normal pub fare. I think it is in Terminal B.

Sipping on some Sweetwater right now (2006 Festive Ale). I may have to slide by there next week before my ATL-LAS flight (While there is a Sam Adams bar/restaurant on the concourse my flight has been going out of, I'd rather have Sweetwater over Sam Adams, even though I like both brands.).


User currently offlineTennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3120 times:
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Unfortunately there is no such thing as Chinese food in the US. It has been americanized beyond belief. If you want Chinese go to China. When in the US stick with what we are famous for - THE BIG MAC.

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Wok-n-Roll at PIT. Hands down! The one in the D concourse is the best, located right across NW's gates at D81 and D83. The other's in the Core (AirMall), but different.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39860 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3111 times:



Quoting United350 (Reply 5):
The best Chinese Food in an airport is certainly at SFO.

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I know the owner there are they would be happy to hear that.  Smile
They also have another restaurant here in the city that is much better than the airport.

Airport food general sucks. I didn't try the Chinese Food at HGK however. I will next time I am there and have a long layover.

Quoting Tennis69 (Reply 11):
Unfortunately there is no such thing as Chinese food in the US. It has been americanized beyond belief. If you want Chinese go to China. When in the US stick with what we are famous for - THE BIG MAC.

I have to agree.


STAY AWAY from Panda Express!
I can't understand how they can stay in business with their awful junk they can food.
YUCK!  vomit 



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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3096 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 10):
There is a Panda Express on E, Manchu Wok locations in the Atrium & A, and a Mandarin Express on B.

Panda Express is the best of the three above...and it is fantastic.

Altho, traveling thru ATL, I must say you will not be without food choices.

XJR



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User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3095 times:



Quoting Tennis69 (Reply 11):
When in the US stick with what we are famous for - THE BIG MAC

Nah....the Quarter Pounder! However, I enjoyed a Chinese meal at a restaurant in SIN some time back.


User currently offlineN710PS From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Watch out for the chinese at LGA, it is pretty good but boy oh boy a few times commuting to CLT after eating some of that I have foubnd myself doing the hover in a lav.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3073 times:



Quoting XJRamper (Reply 14):

Altho, traveling thru ATL, I must say you will not be without food choices.

They really do run the gamut there, a lot better choices there then it was a few years back when I was working out there. Definitely light years from the way the food choices were back when the Midfield Complex opened. Back then, the food choices were pretty much generic snack bars/restaurants like you see at a convention center or sports arena. The prices were really high back then. Let's say that what you'd pay for a meal at one of the eateries right now is close to the same price you'd pay back in the 1980s. A $6-7 meal back then was what double what you'd spend outside of the airport for a similar meal @ McDonald's, Burger King, etc. And the food wasn't all that great.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39860 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3067 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 17):
A $6-7 meal back then was what double what you'd spend outside of the airport for a similar meal @ McDonald's, Burger King, etc. And the food wasn't all that great.

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Even though there is a small markup at the Burger Kings, Starbucks and other chains in airports, they are stll better than what was there before.
I liked Hong Kong's airport as they have a 7-11 and the prices are the same as outside the airport. You can go in and buy a can of beer for approx. $1 where as here in SFO, you can only get one in a bar it's going to cost you at least $7 plus tip.



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User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

meh who needs Chinese food when you have sushi bars in terminals?

I think we have a Panda Express in the Mac here in DTW, but we have two sushi bars that I'd gladly walk into before a flight.  bouncy 


User currently offlineSiege2L From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3034 times:



Quoting AirOne (Thread starter):
I just got a new job and plan to fly about 180k a year so I'm going to be living off airport food.

Be careful, you will turn into many of those typically overweight business travellers that are desperate for an upgrade because their stomach is too large!!! Do yourself a favor and try to purchase food items such as trail mix or nutri-grain cereal bars to tide you over until you land... your body will thank you for it in the long-run!



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User currently offlinePITops From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2918 times:



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 12):
Wok-n-Roll at PIT. Hands down! The one in the D concourse is the best, located right across NW's gates at D81 and D83. The other's in the Core (AirMall), but different.

The one in D, they cook your food to order so it's nice and warm.



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