Rankings! Rankings! I’ve got rankings! You want some rankings? How ’bout you? Don’t worry. I’ve got rankings for everyone — that is, if you like major American airports.
First thing’s first (I’m the realest): these aren’t my rankings. They were done by Thrillist, a site I’ve been a fan of for a very long time. They took SEVENTY-TWO airports and ranked them by their food and drink offerings. That’s so awesome. These came out in November, but I didn’t catch them until now, so they’re new to me (and you, I assume).
As with any list on the internet, I think many people will take issue with a lot of these rankings. O’Hare should not be #12 behind MSP. Phoenix Sky Harbor at 17 has no business being nine spots better than MIA at 26, which happens to have the best cheap breakfast in the country and the only extensive collection of Cuban food in an airport outside of Cuba. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth should be many spots higher than 49 for their offering of local favorite Jim ‘N Nick’s alone, which is referenced in the story but not given much credit. This is all to say that lists are compiled by people — in this case, two of them — and those people may feel differently than you or I. It doesn’t change the fact that SEVENTY-TWO AIRPORTS are in a list and that is still quite awesome, whether you agree with it or not. Here’s the list from Thrillist:
72. Bozeman Yellowstone International
There’s the Copper Horse Restaurant and Bistro, and there’s the Copper Horse Market, and then there’s, well, not really anything else.
71. Jackson-Evers International
This past year, my 10:30am plane out of Jackson backed into the grass beside the runway and got stuck in mud. We disembarked, were escorted by US Marshals across the tarmac, and remained stuck in the airport for hours while our luggage was on the plane. When I left at 5pm, I had only eaten a salad that had mustard for dressing and was sold at the newsstand because there are NO DINING OPTIONS in the terminal. There’s a bar in the other terminal, which, I imagine, was nice for someone.
70. Des Moines International
Des Moines, IA
On the airport website, they describe all of the food options in a paragraph. A very small paragraph.
69. Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National
There’s a Waffle Bar in the food court before security, so whoever you sucker into driving you to the airport is going to be quite happy while you sit at your gate with the two identical bagel shops and two generic bars.
68. Sioux Falls Regional
Sioux Falls, SD
You only have two options here: SkyDine (specializing in wood-roasted pizza!), or the Wildcat Corner, which has these cool planes from WWI on the ceiling, and “a wide variety of food”, which kind of has to be a lie, right?