Airports will likely never be pushing the culinary envelope, although business travelers are demanding healthier options, and local institutions can, on occasion, lift an entire terminal (case in point, Usinger's Deli in the Milwaukee Airport).
Kansas City International Airport is a special kind of food challenge. It has forced me to break down and order a hot sandwich from Quiznos, which I regretted immediately after I had paid and before I'd even taken my first bite. As such, I've spent the past three years searching for the perfect culinary carry-on. And with a few flights coming up, I turn to the readers of Fat City (and fellow travelers) for a bit of advice -- what food do you take with you to KCI Airport?
Keep in mind that there are travel restrictions. It's a meal that has to be compact, passes the 3 ounces of liquid rule, and isn't overtly smelly. I've flown next to folks who bring their own cheese onboard, and it's not particularly pleasant.
I've Tupperwared my share of pasta salads, leftovers and snack mixes. For sandwiches, I've turned to Goodcents and Bella Napoli. There's a Winstead's on Northwest Barry Road that always leads to covetous looks from fellow passengers on the bus ride leaving the economy parking lot. Share your Fifty-Fifty; you'll make friends.
But I've yet to find a go-to food for the boarding area or once onboard the plane. Anybody figured out the perfect travel food?
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