Top Barbecue Restaurants at American Airports

Top Barbecue Restaurants at American Airports

Missing the sweet and savory taste of American barbecue when you are traveling? Don’t worry, because these restaurants right at the airport have authentic flavors to satisfy your taste buds around the country! Make sure to tell your friends about your experiences as well.


Jim n Nick’s- Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)


Stop by Birmingham chain Jim n Nick’s in Concourse B for a hot plate of Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, or Classic Spare Ribs for some Southern comfort before your flight. Side up with Mashed Potatoes, Slow-Cooked Collards or “Mac the Cheese” for the full Alabama experience.


Insider Tip: Locals love the cheese biscuits!


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit- Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW)

Texans love their brisket, slow cooked and doused in sauce. Be a Texan today. Stop at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This popular barbecue chain is located near gate C6 at DFW, serving delectable brisket, mouth-watering sandwiches and sides like homemade mac n cheese.

Insider Tip: Take Dickey’s famous BBQ sauce home with you in a bottle.


Corky’s BBQ- Memphis International Airport (MEM)

Travelers can get their barbecue fix as soon as they step ff the plane. Any traveler can get Corky’s favorite meal, The Bar-B-Q Pork sandwich, that includes coleslaw right on this yummy sandwich! Not a sandwich lover? Don’t fret; Corky’s offers succulent ribs, chicken, and smoked sausage on their menu too. A little something for everyone in the family.

Insider Tip: The thing to have are the ribs. Get them dry as they’re amazing, and you can always add BBQ sauce later.


Cousin’s Bar-B-Q- Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW)


The second Dallas restaurant to make this list, get down and dirty at this family-owned Fort-Worth barbecue chain. Cousin’s has been serving customers with its heavily grilled meat for nearly 30 years and their experience shows. Jump off your flight or arrive early to experience one of Texas’ best barbecue joints.


Insider Tip: Get the brisket or the ribs and pour their homemade BBQ sauce on top for a savory dish you will never forget.




Travel with Co-Workers: Tips to Stay Happy and Keep Your Job

Travel with Co-Workers: Tips to Stay Happy and Keep Your Job

Travel with co-workers can be tricky business.  “Hey man, what seat are you sitting in?” It seems a simple question but it carries with it an inherent meaning that is more important than aisle or window. You see, when I asked the question recently on a flight to Charlotte by way of Cincinnati, it was to a coworker I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend an uninterrupted 2 hours chatting up. While business travel can be stressful (hopefully less so as you continue to use our app and catch up with me at FlyInStyle), it becomes an enormous pain to travel with coworkers.

Why, you ask? Simple. If you are traveling alone, the sky-time is YOUR time. You can choose to read, catch up on work, sleep or even just stare at the seat in front of you and enjoy the quiet time because you have two kids at home and your life has become a series of noisy moments that… that may be a topic for another time. Regardless, when you are alone, you have the choice to use your time how you see fit. In fact, I cover some of these choices in an upcoming post so stay tuned for that.

But when you travel with a coworker, you are limited in your choices when it comes to ways to spend your time in flight. Below are the coworkers everyone has to travel with from time to time and ways that you can combat them and reclaim your YOU TIME!

The Boss

This could be by far the toughest travel companion from work. This is the person whom you try your hardest to impress by working in flight. The issue is: you may not feel like working. Or perhaps yours is the kind of boss who decides that your flight is a good time to ask you questions or conduct your review. No pressure, he just puts you on the spot while you’re crammed into a seat meant for a person half your size. But relax. You have options. First, if you think about it, ask what seat he is in prior to departing for the airport. Then go online and make damn sure you are not anywhere near him. Be smart, not greedy. Don’t switch to an empty row as this will just give him a chance to join you. If you do have to sit next to him, maybe let him know respectfully preflight that you really enjoy the quiet of the flight, or you can’t wait to catch up on reading or actually do your work. Plant those seeds prior to boarding and the thoughts may actually land with him. On the other hand, if your boss is the type with whom it is tough to get quality time, don’t miss your chance to have his full attention!

The Drunk

I’ve personally had the privilege of flying with this coworker several times. This is the guy who gets absolutely plastered either preflight at the airport bar, or on the plane itself by drinking them out of Jack Daniels. The key element in dealing with this person is to circumvent the situation prior to it happening. Once they are 3 sheets to the wind, it is too late. There are a plethora of ways to deal with this belligerent individual. It isn’t easy and you want to avoid having to mandate an intervention on your flight to Dallas. The best thing is to not join in the ,drinking (unless you really want to in which case you should tread lightly). Offer instead to stop at a coffee shop prior to your flight in lieu of the bar. If you are on the plane, maybe offer snacks to them instead of asking what their drink of choice is. Some of my favorites are of the healthy variety. You can usually find them at the airport news and convenience stores like Hudson News and WH Smith. Regardless, if this person insists on drinking and you are not joining them, be careful. You don’t want to end up on the news that evening when your colleague does something to get you guys grounded.

The Talker

This may be one of my least favorite of business travel companions. This person insists on talking to you during your flight and refuses to leave you to sleep, get work done etc. What is worse is that if this person is a coworker, they may want to talk about work on the plane when you may want to have some downtime.  Or even more detrimental than that, they will want to partake in office gossip (AARRRRGH!!!  I HATE office gossip).  Although this is more of an annoyance than anything, there are ways to combat this situation. My favorite is to place my handy earbuds in my ears and listen to something on my iPod. To be honest, sometimes I am not even listening to anything but it seems that having you ear pieces in is an international indicator that you are not willing to engage in conversation at that moment. If this doesn’t work, you can either sleep or pretend to be sleeping (yes, I have done this as well — I’m not too proud to admit it). If you do have to engage with this person, make sure you speak in a low tone so as not to bother others around you. You don’t want them to categorize you as The Talker by default if you keep them from doing what they want during their flight.

The Stinky Snacker

Before you get all irate, let me clarify. I myself am a foodie. The person I am referring to here is the person who brings the messiest, smelliest food on the plane that seems to spread through every vent on board, turning the entire aircraft into a Chinese food scented air freshener. If this is one of your colleagues, the easy thing to do here is to take preventative action. Try to talk him out of taking food on board the plane and if nothing else, recommend non-stinky food (cold cut sandwiches sans onions work best). Either way, don’t be this guy and don’t be associated with him. Every passenger on the aircraft will thank you.

No matter who you travel with, reclaim the time as yours. As for me, I like to take advantage of my time in the air to get work done and organize my email. It is the very rare time that I am (for the most part) unreachable by the rest of the world. I like to make sure that time is maximized. So I suppose you can even peg me under the title, “The Worker Bee” — sort of akin to The Boss but without the pay or perks.

These are just a few of the examples of colleague travelers that I have had to deal with in my tenure as a business traveler.

Do you have anything you would like to add? Sound off!

DFW Airport: A Foodie’s Dream Connection

If you think the only meal the Lone Star State has to offer is sweet iced tea and brisket, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) will make you think again! As the second largest airport in the U.S., DFW’s restaurant directory is impressive.  Whether you’re craving authentic Texas BBQ, modern Chinese fusion, or gourmet cereal (yep—they have that), DFW has you covered. You will fly out of DFW feeling full, satisfied and feeling like you’ve been to a local gem. Here are 8 picks that make our mouths just water:

  1. La Bodega Winery (Terminal A, Gate A15)
    Sit back and relax outside the buzz at this lovely winery. Enjoy a glass of Texas-made wine plus cheese tray pairings while you contemplate your next flight. The wine tastes so good that you might get carried away, so don’t forget to hydrate before boarding your plane!
  2. Raeta Grill (Terminal D, D33)
    Grab a tasty margarita and experience “airport Texas” at Raeta Grill. This legendary cuisine based restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients to combine Mexican and Southwestern spice dishes. Be sure to try the chicken-fried steak, tenderloin tamales, and the tortilla soup for a hearty meal that will leave you posting pictures on your Instagram account!
  3. Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Terminals B, Gate B27 & Terminal D, Gate D28)
    Get down and dirty at this family-owned Fort-Worth barbecue chain. Cousin’s has been serving customers with its heavily grilled meat for nearly 30 years. Jump off your flight or arrive early to experience one of Texas’ best barbecue joints.
  4. Cereality (Terminal C, Gate C6) 

    Did you miss your favorite breakfast in your rush to the airport? No problem! Take it to the next level, leaving your taste buds crying, “More custom crunchiness!” after each spoonful of custom-made cereal. Featured on Food Network’s hit show, “Unwrapped,” this eatery serves your cereal hot or cold.
  5. M Lounge (Terminal D, D23 *outside security)

    Ease your mind after a business meeting or long flight at this upscale venue. M Lounge will serve your favorite cocktail, wine, or microbrew along with mouth-watering sushi. Just because you are stuck in the terminal doesn’t mean you can ‘t have a sophisticated meal at this airport a-list venue.
  6. Cool River Café (Terminal D, Gate 25)
    Locals know this place well.  The elegant and warm atmosphere accompanies an extensive bar and wide selection of world-renowned wines. Fill up on Cool River’s grilled salmon, fantastic steaks, or primerib quesadillas.  Fusion at its finest.
  7. Tigin Irish Pub (Terminal D, Gate D20)
    Unwind from your flight at this traditional Irish pub. Catch a Premier league game while sipping on a pint of Guinness or savoring one of Tigin’s delicious dishes.  They taste as good as they look.
  8. Grand Met (Terminal D, D23 * outside security)
    This fab restaurant is connected to M Lounge, offering Mediterranean and Pacific Rim inspired multi-course meals. Sitting at this bar may make you forget that flight and think you are in a hot bar so mind your watch.  Grand Met is located at the Hyatt, a top choice for lodging at the DFW airport, so if you happen to be spending the night-relax and enjoy!

Tell us your favorite spot to FlyInStyle on Twitter or Facebook and we may feature it in a future post. Bon Appetit!


The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

Delicious food can be found in the airport! If your in the mood for a mouth watering grilled cheese topped with caramelized onions and spiced ripe tomato soup it can be found at Gate 55, Terminal 2 in San Francisco International Airport (SFO). How convenient, huh!

Don’t stop there Cat Cora’s Kitchen can add to your cheese fantasy with cheddar, feta, and grilled sourdough yummy! Perfect to keep your appetite satisfied for a long time. Airport food has gone above and beyond with celebrity chefs’, sit in restaurants, farm-fresh ingredients, and expense-account-quality wines. This new trend has quickly caught on to social media sites. In addition, surveys can help you find healthy food in the airport. These eateries help create an image and identity that will stick with the airport traveler.

Gourmet treys have become a major hit through airport dining because they’ve appealed to all expense-paid business trip customers. Several travelers are expert food critics and travel to find the best of the best so why not start at the airport. To make it easier, the check-in and security provide ample time to scope the airport for the perfect restaurant to enjoy. They hope to create a more local environment at the airport not just a pit stop.

Higher quality food equals an expected increased revenue, which leads to the replacement of fastfood into traditional restaurant businesses. OTG Management, which operates in 10 airports across the United States and Canada, says that this replacement has boosted sales-up to 50%. Travelers tend to veer towards eating out, which can be transferred to thinking they will do the same at an airport.

Travelers like a sense of adventure. Taste of Milly City Tavern in Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport has none other than bison tartare on a seasonal menu. He supported his menu item with the statement, “ We operate restaurants inside of an airport, not airport restaurants.”

Restaurateurs have more restrictions however in the airport. They have limited storage and cooking space, their customers want their food quick, they must screen any delivery, and an open-flame is usually a no-no. They claim their higher prices are similar to regular prices at any other restaurant back home.

Roger Berkowitz chief executive of Boston’s Legal Sea Foods was one of the first and opened at Logan International Airport two decades ago. Initially, he didn’t want to open a restaurant in the airport because the other food he found to be expensive and ok in taste. He said, “I didn’t want that kind of image.” But the airport lured him in with a good offer. In his mind, he felt he should offer inexpensive food, but pleasantly found out that people who travel didn’t mind to spend money. His menu included delicious irresistible lobster rolls, crab cakes and tuna burgers that could quickly be made. He griddled the fish.

The best spot to put your airport restaurant is by airlines with delays and cancellations. As a restaurant owner you can sign a license agreement with a concession operator and put them in charge of any regulation and requirement. , unlike Berkowtiz who wanted control over the restaurant.

The mayor’s office of Chicago wanted to include celebrity chef Rick Bayless at the opening in O’Hare International Airport, but weren’t successful. However, Mr. Bayless’s Frontera Restaurant now have three licensed locations at O’Hare.

Urban Taco, a sit-down restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth International, configured a plan to make quicker but healthy food. The licensed business owner, Gina Puente, reduced the amount of fat and salt placed in each dish to make a healthier option. The company also mixes its ingredients to accommodate the limited amount of space that is available.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport chose to showcase local restaurants throughout their airport instead of chained restaurant businesses. Can you believe there is no Starbucks to be found!

The Salt Lick, is a well liked local barbecue place cook their meat at a different location, Driftwood, Texas then reheat to serve. They sold more than 55 tons of brisket at Austin International airport. In 2013, their best sales totals were posted.

SFO hasn’t reached as a high of a sale on the regional level, but close. The National chain make up only 5.5% of current sales. This is due to higher-quality food being more expensive so the average bill is higher.

Here are some favorites to name a few Urban Taco’s chicken tinga and Dos Equis Amber barbacoa tacos at DFW, Legal Sea Foods has chowder and crab cakes in Boston or Philadelphia, barbecue beef rom Salt Lick and you can top it off with Amy’s Mexican vanilla ice cream.

An amazing meal can be found at 8e Ciel the salade gersoise at the airport in Toulous, France. Any duck creation on greens is about $26. They also have regional cuisine controlled by chef Michel Sarran. I love French food!

If you are in the mood for an American favorite you can find a hot dog roller at Dallas Love Field. Make sure you try the char-dog at Gold Coast Dogs at Chicago’s Medely Airport.

Bon appeit!


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