Last week I was stuck in the San Francisco airport trying to get to Orlando. All the flights were delayed due to "storm on the East Coast" (which in reality it was not- it was a problem with Atlanta air controllers - then a bigger problem with St. Lake City air controllers)... in any case... A three hour delay on an already long flight. I HATE eating in airports, so while wondering around with my business associate, we happened into a lovely wine shop in the United terminal. There was a small sign indicating that they do wine tastings and had a two person bistro table at which to sit and sip wine. While looking around the shop, I noticed that they had wonderful cheeses, salami and breads/crackers for sale (to go) , so I asked the shop gal if we could buy and open a cold bottle of wine and some of the cheese/salami/bread and eat it right there. It was fine with her and we spent the next 3 hours enjoying a wonderful picnic inside the wine shop... without the crowds and crummy food at the typical airport food options. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much, we almost missed our flight!
So when stuck in SFO... seach out the wine shop and take advantage of this little gem in the middle of all the madness!
Thanks Yeah - my kind of delay We've found the Minneapolis MN airport to have many nice places to dine also. The Miami airport has a great cuban restaurant in the middle - buffet on one side - sit down with a Mojito on the other side.Happy travels ...Funtimes
In the Leonardo da Vinci (Fuimincino) airport in Rome, Terminal C (where the international flights leave and arrive) there is the most pleasant, and not outrageous Frescobaldi Wine Bar. Just after you pass through the passport control, and before you head on the little train shuttle to the normal international gates. Fine selection of Frescobaldi wines, some high quality (and abit expensive) olive oil, to take home, and reasonable by the glass prices, and a well presented selection of cheeses, meats, and other little snacks, prepared for you. Not much in Terminal B if you are flying within Europe.
Hi Obrienfk... Thanks for the tip- I noticed this when I was in the Rome airport last time but was unable to take advantage of it as I was traveling with my 12 year old. Next time, I'll pop in and have a nice glass of vino!
Airports have definitely gotten so much better in the past few years in terms of dining options (shopping too). Just wish both New York airports would catch up with the times - dining choices are truly frightful.
In terms of airport shopping, I always try to leave myself enough time when I am leaving a place to check out the airport shops. There truly are some gems (love the Brit shop at the San Jose, CR airport).