Heightened security and countless flight delays mean more time spent at the airport. Add in meal-less flights and you have a lot of hungry travelers. Airport restaurants are responding with more than grab-and-go burgers, wilted salads and bags of nuts. These places may be a reason to arrive at the gate early—and with a hearty appetite.
JFK, New York
You can order wine flights like Shades of White ($9), with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a California Chardonnay and an Italian Pinot Grigio; or Taste of New York ($12), featuring a Chardonnay from the Hudson Valley, a Merlot from Long Island and a Riesling from the Finger Lakes. Pair these with bites such as Duck Confit and Lentil Salad ($11) or a Tuscan Chicken Sandwich ($9). Vino Volo also sells wine by the bottle.
La Tapenade Mediterranean Café
Whether your ultimate travel destination is Greece or Provence, Chicago O’Hare offers a taste of the Mediterranean before you step on the plane. Transport your taste buds with hand-made ciabatta sandwiches filled with smoked meats and authentic cheeses. Or order a flatbread filled with roasted eggplant, zucchini, artichokes and silky hummus. Items can be wrapped up and ready to go in a snap.
La Bodega Winery and Tasting Bar
Wines from the Lonestar State star at La Bodega, where a variety of 2- or 5-ounce pours ($6.50 to $20) are offered. Sharing plates like hummus with pine nuts and bagel chips ($6.49) or crackers with herb, plain or peppered goat cheese from a Dallas producer ($8.99) are perfect go-alongs. Bottles can also be bought for a last-minute souvenir.