Favorite Restaurants in AA Airports / Near AA Gates

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  1. gleff
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    Here are my favorite restaurants in some of the American Airlines terminals I visit most.

    Tortas Frontera, the Rick Bayless Mexican sandwich place, Chicago O'Hare (across from the food court)

    La Carretta, Cuban, Miami (Gate D37)

    Salt Lick Barbecue, Barbecue, Austin (Gate 10) ... this one is much better than the outpost at DFW, though still not representative of Austin barbecue (or in my view as good as DIckey's at DFW)

    Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Barbecue, Dallas Fort Worth (Gate C6) .. surprisingly good brisket and sausages

    Burger Joint, San Francisco (Gate 58B)

    Unfortunately I don't consider there to be any standouts in LAX's terminal 4.

    Also nothing notable at JFK (I will really miss my British Airways Gold status -- and along with it access to American's Flagship lounges -- when it expires early next year).

    And nothing very good on AA's pier at DCA, though I've somewhat given to clearing security for the C pier (where there also happens to be precheck) which gives me access to a Five Guys Burgers and taking the shuttle across to the American gates.

    What are your favorites?
     
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    SFO T2: Cat Cora & Napa Valley Farms Market. Yum.
     
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    I can't go through MIA without getting a Nathan's hot dog.

    At LAX we now have Homeboy Cafe which is also a decent place to grab a bite.
     
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    I like the Tequliria in CLT, AA's soon to be Southeastern Hub. ;)
     
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    I haven't had good experiences at that Dickey's but I am a fan of Salt Lick in Austin. I'd rate that as the best airport BBQ I've had. It's disappointing that there's nothing worthwhile in LAX. Sammy's Wood Fired Pizza is okay, but nothing special.
     
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    These are all great choices. I do like the burger and fries at Bobby Vans at JFK.
     
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    I think I must have eaten at Tortas Frontera 2-3 times a week last year when American was running triple EQMs between SFO and ORD
     
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    I have to agree with the not so great experience at Dickey's. I don't think there is a really good BBQ restaurant at any of the airports when compared to outside locations.
     
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    In airport < outside airport
    But Dickey's is better than barbecue I get in DC.
    At least if I get there early enough in the day, I don't think I want their stuff as much at say 2pm
     
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    While most of the restaurants worth visiting in DEN aren't near the AA gates, I like these (although some more for the adult beverage selection than the food):
    • Denver Chop House
    • Cru Food and Wine Bar
    • Timberline Steaks & Grill
    • Boulder Beer Tap House
    • New Belgium Hub
    • Red Rocks Bar & BBQ
    It's been a while since I've spent a lot of time in DEN, so on my recent visits I've been pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of food that is on offer now.
     
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    Maki Sushi in MIA (near D28) was pretty decent last week.
     
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    Am I the only one loving the Manchu Wok in the ORD food court? Anyone....?
     
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    If there's time, Jett Rink always zeros in on an airport BBQ restaurant.

    While I can stomach Dickey's, a chain mentioned in the OP, according to D Magazine, the ugly truth is that Dallas does not do barbeque well. Such is life.
     
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    Dfw, c22 Urban Taco is great for fast food and for better dining Pappadeaux on A is about the nicest airport restaurant when you factor in decor and food that I have seen.
     
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    The cited article is 3 years old, and a lot has changed. Texas Monthly just came out with a new top 50 statewide, and 7 of those were in the DFW area. Pecan Lodge ranks with the best in the state. It had just opened when your linked article was written. Also-ranked Lockhart Smokehouse hadn't opened yet. And there are some places even too new for the Texas Monthly list that could well show up on the next rankings: Slow Bone, Cattleack BBQ, and Three Stacks.

    But airport BBQ will never stack up against non-airport locations, not until airport authorities start allowing wood smokers to burn on premises.
     
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    Need a more fair comparison. McDonalds is better than most of the BBQ in DC.
     
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    I guess McDonalds does have the McRib (sometimes)...
     

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