When I fly, I always bring snacks. A mediocre airport hotdog that costs nearly as much as the plane ticket itself? No, thanks.
But woman shall not live by trail mix alone, and even I occasionally splurge on a proper airport meal. It adds dignity to the experience of having a stranger rummage through my suitcase before I squeeze into a Barbie-sized airplane seat.
During your holiday travels, if you find yourself with an empty stomach and a decent layover, consider trying one of Florida's newer airport dining options. Check out these airport restaurants that opened this year, along with what folks are saying about them.
- Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: "The menu promises organic and sustainable ingredients and offers dishes with connections to local ingredients and regional culture, such as a Florida shrimp po'boy ($13) and a salmon burger with Key lime mayo ($14). ... Wait times can back up when flights arrive and the airport gets busy, so it's best to arrive early if you plan to sit down..." - Associated Press
- Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport: "This airport Columbia features a similar color scheme to other Columbia locations, along with Gonzmart family photos and a hard-to-beat Cuban sandwich." - Tampa Bay Times
- Shula's Bar and Grill at Southwest Florida International Airport: "The second airport-concept stepchild to former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula's steakhouse kingdom, it replaces Chili's Too in the main pre-security terminal area. ... In the end, I couldn't remember a better meal at an airport in this country or any other." - Naples Daily News
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