Airport food

Philadelphia International Airport celebrates shiny new Terminal B.

Philadelphia International Airport held a celebration this week for its shiny new Terminal B.

With American Airlines and the hospitality group OTG, PHL invested $30 million to makeover Terminal B with new restaurants, shops, and more than 2,000 power and USB ports built into redesigned seating.

Much of that seating comes with OTG’s familiar tablets, which not only let passengers order foods and goods from nearby venues to be delivered to them at their seats, but gives them access to Wi-Fi, flight tracking and games.

New to Terminal B are: the French‐inspired bakery Boule Café, Mediterranean mezze concept Baba Bar, Italian eatery CIBO Bistro & Wine Bar, beer & brat restaurant Germantown Biergarten, steak & chop house Independence Prime, fresh sushi at Noobar, Philly comfort food at the LOVE Grille and Neapolitan Pizza at Mezzogiorno.

In addition to the improvements by OTG to the gate areas, the airport did a “Touch Every Surface” program that includes new ceiling tiles, new heating and air conditioning, new ceramic tiles and refinished terrazzo floors.

Nice!

Airport Restaurant Month is back for October

Airport Restaurant Month  is back during the month of October at more than 100 HSMHost restaurants in 50 North American airports.

Menus vary by restaurant location (and are not prix fixe) with select restaurants offering special customized menus that spotlight their own flavors and trends.

A sample of Airport Restaurant Month’s October 2017 menu items include:

  • Shrimp & Noodle Broth Bowl that includes tomato, spinach, and cabbage
  • Crispy Half Chicken topped mushroom gravy and served with garlicky mash and brussels sprouts
  • Harvest Flatbread topped with grapes, blue cheese, walnuts, and arugula – paired with a side salad of spinach, apples, carrots, and an herb vinaigrette
  • Croque-Monsieur that includes ham and Swiss cheese draped in cheese batter and grilled to perfection
  • Extra Blue Burger with crumbled blue cheese, smothered in blue cheese dressing and bacon.

For a full list of participating locations and more menu items, see Airport Restaurant Month.

 

 

Ice-cream flavor honors Portland Int’l Airport

Portland, Oregon-based ice-cream maker Salt & Straw  has created a special ice-cream in honor of the award-winning Portland International Airport.

Called “PDX Rainwater and Spruce Tips,” the ice-cream celebrates the experience of arriving at PDX, which Salt & Straw describes as “being swarmed by the misty rain as Mt. Hood comes into view, soaking up a deep breath of spruce-laced Pacific Northwest air, being chilled to your bones and loving every moment of it.”

To make the ice-cream, Salt & Straw simmered Doug Fir tea and spruce needles in Oregon rain water and some Jacobsen Salt (harvested from Oregon Coast) and hazelnut bark brittle made with a some local Cocanu chocolate.

Sound intriguing?

Salt & Straw will be handing out free samples of the airport-themed ice-cream at PDX Airport on Wednesday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Concourse D.

Larger, single scoop cups of the creamy treat will be for sale at the airport  – at Tender Loving Empire and Country Cat – and in town at the Salt & Straw shops from September 13–17 to coincide with Feast Portland.

 

(Photo courtesy Salt & Straw)

 

 

Greek diner opens at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport

 

 

I’m a big fan of diners – real diners. And from the looks of it, the Marathon Diner that just opened in the AirMall’s Center Core food court at Pittsburgh International Airport is pretty close to the real thing,

Promising “diner food with a Greek flair,” the new eatery  pays homage to the owner’s grandfather, who operated the Marathon Restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh during the 1930s.

On the menu: the Marathon Gyro, Greek Burger, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup made in-house from a traditional family recipe, rice pudding and “My Big Fat Greek Omelet.”

 

While you’re at Pittsburgh International Airport, check out their art collection , which includes Robert Fraley’s Robot Repair, a mobile by Alexander Calder, exhibits about Andy Warhol and Mister Rogers and other fun stuff.

And take a moment to appreciate terrazzo floor.

 

Andy Warhol Wallpaper at PIT