The Food Network-- a famous cable channel featuring popular cooking shows and competitions-- has broken into the restaurant biz, and its first location is (believe it or not) the Jet Blue terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
It's the only restaurant serving hot food at the terminal and it has the Food Network logo plastered over every bit of the cafeteria-style decor.
The menu promises organic and sustainable ingredients and offers dishes with connections to local ingredients and regional culture, such as a Florida shrimp po’boy ($13) and a salmon burger with Key lime mayo ($14).
South Florida’s Latin culture is reflected in items such as the Cuban breakfast burrito ($8) and a black beans and rice burger with “mojo mayo” ($12). Also on the menu: fried pickles with Key lime mayo ($6); sweet potato fries with Key lime tartar sauce ($5); and a Cuban sandwich ($12) with cafe con leche mayo pressed on a ciabatta roll.
Wait times can back up when flights arrive and the airport gets busy, so it’s best to arrive early if you plan to sit down, as Liz Lamoureux did before flying back home to San Antonio, Texas.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is set to get a similar Food Network restaurant by the end 2013.