FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 4153 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3394 times:
We talk about dining at the big airports, the likes of ATL, LAX, ORD, DTW, and such, all the time. But what about the small airports (less than 1 million pax/year)?
I'll start with two: SWF and (my hometown airport) FWA. When I flew out of SWF on (defunct) Skybus, the choices were decent. There was a Quiznos before security (I like Quiznos-no problem there), and a small cafe attached to the Hudson News after security that had decent but expensive food.
FWA on the other hand, is a different story. There's two options, both run by the same company (Air Host, not to be confused with HMSHost/Autogrill). There's a sit-down restaurant before security that is so-so with dated decor, and a small snack bar after security that's not that good. However, First Class Concessions (which handles food at OKC, PIE, and some stands at PHX T2, among others) is taking over in May, and plans on revamping the menus, atmosphere, and seating. One of the Fort Wayne local papers has an article here: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20091222/LOCAL/312229971
What about your hometown small airports/other small airports you have visited?
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BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16458 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3375 times:
BMI has a small sports bar type place in the terminal, and it is outside of the secure area which is nice. I've never been there because of other nearby options. The old terminal there has been partly turned into an Italian resturant which is pretty good and there is a Buffalo Wild Wings literally across the road from the terminal about 1/4 of a mile away, which is my eatery of choice when I'm in the area.
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PiedmontINT From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3347 times:
MHK has some first rate vending machines in the main lobby!
There had been talks of a restaurant or coffee shop or something coming in for the longest time but have yet to see anything.. There had apparently been a few mom & pop type eateries in the terminal at one time or another, but none lasted very long (not because of lack of business, but just mom & pop trying to run a business ) so it seems like every time theres a rumor of someone coming in, they see that they had all failed and never get past the planning stage.
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
Well I have not been through many small airports but.
MSN1.6 million passengers close enough. I remember has one sit down, bar restaurant and a quiznos sub. Pretty nice little airport.
LGB I think it is less then 1 million. Anyway it is small and I never been in the terminal where passengers board but there is that bar restaurant upstairs by the observation deck that looked pretty good.
I been inside Ithaca airport they just have a cafeteria looking place to eat and nothing looked good.
Other small airports I been too are Chalks Old Sea Plane bases and of course all they had were vending machines.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3244 times:
PLN - Pellston, MI. Everything is before security as security is closed until about 30 minutes before each flight is scheduled to depart and the literal hold room is only sized for ~50-60 people.
Before securiity you have your choice of 3 vending machines (coffee, soda, "food") and there's a restaurant/bar on the 2nd floor that is suposedly fairly good and run by the same family that has a restaurant "in town"
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FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 4153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3197 times:
Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 6): And little-known PRC has a burger joint next to the gate, cash only!
Even McDonald's takes credit cards... hope they have an ATM for those cashless passengers.
I forgot to mention tiny LAW, which only has Eagle to DFW. I never ate there, but there's a small snack bar, "Betty's Airport Cafe", before security... didn't eat there while arriving or departing through there, though. (And yes, it does take credit cards.)
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Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4319 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
LEB had a couple of vending machines. The Perfect Landing at APA (Centennial Airport, south of Denver) is excellent, best food I've ever had at an FBO. Drinking wine and eating steak while watching planes land in front of the mountains and setting sun.
HDN only has a sandwich shop open during winter season. It is not open in summer.
BTV has a snack bar and a restaurant. I haven't used either.
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Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1254 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
At tiny LSE (La Crosse, Wisconsin) there's a bar/restaurant outside of security on the upper level called "Vinny's Runway". I haven't eaten there, but it looks like a typical Wisconsin tavern.
Beyond security there's just a vending machine, but that doesn't really matter because the sterile area is so small they don't let you go through security until just before it's time to board your flight.
BTVB6Flyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3165 times:
Continuing off of what Texan said, BTV as a sit down restuarant pre security with good food and a nice place to watch planes they also have a little snack bar/coffee bar near the Hudson News area. Post security they have a snack cart along with a varity of vending machines in both terminals (North and South).