@Ambiverbal There used to be a Chinese restaurant (never saw the name written romanized, but I think I’d recognize the symbols) in the Singapore Airport that was the true Chinese experience of animals you wouldn’t find to eat anywhere else, but with the advantage of feeling like the animal identification was trustworthy. I heard it was shut down, but haven’t been back to check yet to confirm. It was near a random area with a couple dozen beds for folks stuck overnight, in case anyone is looking and it isn’t gone.
Yeah, I can relate.
I paid about $12 for a sausage biscuit breakfast at Burger King in the Dublin airport before a ‘buttcrack of dawn’ flight several years ago. Pissed me off to pay so much, then REALLY lost it when I had it confiscated after going thru security!. Turns out the US has an agreement with the Dublin airport that allows them (US customs) to have a station there, so I had ‘entered’ the US with a forbidden food product. Offered to eat it in the office but they refused. Thought my wife was going to go postal due to being so hangry!
Fast forward several years and, in a totally Alice’s Restaurant-esque moment when I applied for Global entry, they asked me if I had ever been stopped for a customs violation. I of course said “no” since I had long forgotten that episode. The agent then proceeded to grill me on the facts surrounding my ‘smuggling’ attempt…
When I fly out I from home I try to do it very early in the morning so I’m always rushing, I’ll grab a muffin at the airport, eat it on the plane and fall back asleep. On the way home I’ll eat before I get on the plane.
Your mileage may vary as to whether it’s garbage, but if the airport has a Five Guys, I’m there. I don’t usually eat there otherwise, because the nearest one is an hour away in Fort Wayne, and if I’m in town and want to eat, I’m probably going to go to a sit-down restaurant.
Unless it’s Sea-Tac, which has surprisingly good food all around. I love Sea-Tac.
Seems like these days a flight has to be over 6 hours before the airline will grudgingly provide you with a “meal.”
Although with current set of arbitrary airline rules, best strategy is to bring something on the plane that takes a very long time and many many bites to consume, so you can relish in just breathing the communal recycled air rather than your own recycled breath.
Even though the prices are ridiculous, I always enjoy stopping in to eat and drink a beer or margarita at Sammy Hagar’s Beach Club and Grill in the airport on Maui (OGG) I used to commute regularly to Maui for work, until Covid, and that was always an anticipated stop after a long flight from San Francisco.
Nowadays I generally will make a sandwich or two, pack some fruit and/or cookies and chips, and then eat them on the plane. I have been known to bring on some adult beverages to add to the mixers they supply at times.
Other times I will eat in the airport, especially if it’s a longish layover where I can get some food and a (preferably local) beer.
Y’all need to come through PDX. Our airport is pretty amazing and they’re not allowed to inflate prices. They have set street pricing, food carts and really decent restaurants have small spots in there.