Airport restaurants that taste like home
November 5th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
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Air travel these days can feel designed to make a harried flier feel like nothing more than a piece of cargo.

From the interminable security lines to boarding cattle calls, anonymity is the order of the day, and that often extends to the food court. In a sea of endless soft pretzel vendors, undistinguished subs and sad, wan salads, it's always a treat for a hungry traveler to come upon an airport that's serving food specific to its city.

While the fare might not always be quite on par with what's served at these restaurants' in-town flagships - hey, it's hard to cook in an airport! - these 10 offer up the next best thing to a long layover, a rental car and a trip back through security.

Gold Star Chili, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Where else in the world can you tell your significant other that you're just going to duck out for a three-way and have them ask if you can bring them back some extra crackers? Cincinnati natives will squabble 'til they're blue in the face over which chili parlor reigns supreme: Gold Star, Skyline, Empress or Dixie, but they'll all agree that this soupy, Greek-style chili is the single finest spaghetti topping, alongside handfuls of fluffy, shredded cheddar (three way), onions or beans (add one for a four-way) or all of the above (five way). Sop up any spare sauce with oyster crackers, or add a cheese coney (chili and cheese on a hot dog) for a perfect Queen City experience.

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  1. Thinking things through

    I can find stuff to eat at Bradley's and at Midway (the only two airports I'm likely to go through anytime soon), but NONE of it is anything like home.

    November 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  2. AleeD®

    I've had Goldstar chili. That's some greasy, nasty stuff. If I'm going Greek, I prefer Skyline, 3-way.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • RC@AleeD®

      He,he, you said "going Greek" and "3 way" all in the same sentence. Lol! :)

      November 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
      • AleeD®@RC

        ~_~ I do love it when someone catches my balls, I mean, tosses. ~_~

        November 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
        • RC@AleeD®

          I like mine cupped...I mean caught too!

          November 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
        • Thinking things through


          November 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Cincinnati chili flows through my veins in lieu of blood. It is the food of the gods. (Grew up in Northern KY, right across the river from Cincinnati. It's kinda the only thing I miss, other than some friends.)

      November 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  3. RC

    I don't know about tasting like home, but Seattle (SeaTac) of all places, has a restaurant the make the best loks (sp) and bagels I've ever had.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  4. Snowbunny

    Headed to Vegas Saturday! I don't plan to eat much at the airport, just bellu up to the bar! Yee Haw!

    November 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
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