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Food at ABQ and other airports. - RonO's Ramblings

Jun. 5th, 2009 08:58 am Food at ABQ and other airports.

The next time I fly in or out of The Albuquerque International Sunport (a.k.a. ABQ), it looks like we may have some different food choices.

According to this article (registration or payed subscription may be required) in the Albuquerque Journal, the Garduño's has been closed, but will be replaced with an El Pinto. They will also be opening a branch of The Range past security.

I've not been to the original El Pinto for years -- as they expanded the service got to be a problem even if the food didn't, so my parents started going to the Garduño's not that much further from their house (but in the opposite direction on 4th Street) -- but it was one of my favorites for years growing up. I've also enjoyed going to The Range in Bernalillo when I've visited. Now, if we are flying out of Albuquerque at the right time, and get there with the right amount of advanced time, we'll have our choice of two really good, local, restaurants.

For comparison, at San Diego (SAN), we have an overpriced Starbucks and a bar past security (at least at the United/Alaska/??? terminal I've dealt with most of the time since moving back), and in Chicago (ORD) we have a bunch of food courts with national chains or airport only places, and a couple of cut down Chili's. There is a food court before security at San Diego in Terminal 1, but I don't recall seeing much local flavor there the last time (they Rubio's had closed).

At other airports I've been in recently, I do recall that there was an Ivar's at SeaTac and a I ate at the Legal Sea Foods at the Boston Airport, so there are some other places with local restaurants and chains in their airport. I seem to recall that DFW and PHX were very similar to O'Hare -- allthough there may have been something local at PHX, but I think it was shops not restaurants. There wasn't really any restaurant of worth at the old Bangalore airport, and I don't know what was local and what wasn't at Frankfurt, and those are the remaining airports I've been in in the last 2 or 3 years.

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Date:June 5th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
That's one thing I have liked since my move to Seattle. The airport is much more "friendly" than ORD ever was. It just feels more comfortable, in general, but concessions is certainly on the list of why. There are a number of local food places in the food court area (mainly fish places, but there's at least two local non-fish places, and I'm not counting Starbucks, even though technically, they are local :> ). There are also a few gift shops and similar things which are more local than you see in places like ORD.

Waiting in SeaTac just never feels quite as oppressive as ORD.
Date:June 5th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not counting Starbucks, even though technically, they are local :>

You may have noticed that I didn't count McDonald's as a local Chicago restaurant at ORD.