Wednesday, 04 April 2012
I wrote a post about good airport food at JFK in New York about a week ago. This is going to be Part Two of Finally! Good Airport Food. This time around I am featuring San Francisco International Airport, an airport I have visited twice in my lifetime, most recently this past July. My family and I arrived two hours earlier than normal for our scheduled flight back to NYC so that we had enough time to experience what SFO International Airport had to offer our hungry mouths.
I ate at Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie & Wine in the newly renovated Terminal 2 that now host’s sustainable food. Rotisserie & Wine is a scaled down version of Florence’s Napa Valley restaurant of the same name. I had grilled asparagus and other veggies with rotisserie chicken: it was the best chicken vegetable meal I had ever eaten! I ate it on the plane; it made the 5 hours pass so quickly. It was not cheap, but it was worth it. It did not cost as much as going out to a restaurant but was more than a chicken dinner at Boston Market.
Cat Cora is also stationed in Terminal 2 with tapas and cocktails at Cat Cora Lounge. I’d say SFO Airport is a food star haven. Just like JFK, SFO is certainly a food destination, especially if you are a foodie.
Offerings at Burger Joint, located in the International Terminal, include a classic cheeseburger and fries, but the version here is made from Niman Ranch Angus beef and fresh-cut potatoes. Free-range chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers (cooked on a meatless grill) and hormone-free hot dogs, as well as thick milkshakes made with local Double Rainbow ice cream, round out the menu.
Chocolate chip cookies and overstuffed sandwiches named after famous women can be found at Klein’s Deli and Coffee Bar in Terminal 1, Gate 36 and Terminal 3, Gate 64. The Kahlo is a curried chicken sandwich with mango chutney, raisins and almonds, named after Frida Kahlo.
If you’re in the mood for sushi try Ebisu (the original location is located in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset district). You can get similar and some of the same options in the airport.
There is also a Peet’s Coffee,
Pinkberry, and Napa Farms Market, a gourmet food emporium that sells “picnic boxes” of local food. The market also offers Frisco staples such as Three Twins Ice Cream and Acme Bread. I have had Three Twins Ice Cream and Acme Bread at their home locations in the city and I would recommend you make it a point to try both if you are ever visiting. Local, sustainable, humanely treated, healthier, and so on, food is very popular in California, which is why everything I mentioned above works for San Francisco's busiest aiport.
Have you been to any of the food places at this airport?