The 2011 Airport Food Review of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine rates domestic U.S. airports based on healthful options offered at their restaurants and cafes. Fortunately, many of the specific offerings from airport restaurants the report mentions appear to be dairy free! For example, my mouth waters just reading about the smoked tofu burrito on the menu at Wipeout Willy’s in Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport. And I can’t wait for a chance to visit San Francisco so that I can try the organic smoky split pea soup at the San Francisco Soup Company and the beet salad and tofu wrap at Plant Café in San Francisco International Airport.
I found it a little disheartening that the PCRM report does not include any of the New York City area airports. Is the food here really not that friendly to the dairy free? Well, there are reports that Cibo Express Gourmet Market in Jetblue‘s Terminal 5 of JFK International Airport has some great vegan offerings. And Delta‘s Terminal C at La Guardia Airport opened its Delta NY Experience recently, with many promising new restaurants like Kombu (sushi rolls, rice bowls and noodle dishes) and Vuelo Taqueria (tortas and tacos from well-known chef Aarón Sanchez). Delta is also building a new Terminal 4 at JFK Airport that is due to be completed in 2013 – a video on the undertaking promises “new restaurants” but there are no details yet. We can only hope that before long, the positive reports of the amazing food at New York-area airports will be so plentiful that the PCRM will have to include New York in future Airport Food Reviews!