What’s in a good airport meal?

Vote today for your favorite union airport restaurant!

UPDATE! (08/07/13)   — The readers have spoken, and their choice for favorite airport restaurant is… Indianapolis International Airport’s Harry and Izzy’s!  We knew that union-made tastes better.

BWI10best.com—in affiliation with USA Today—is hosting a “Reader’s Choice” contest to determine the 10 Best U.S. Airport Foods (or, more specifically, the 10 best airport restaurants). The nominees run the gamut from sushi to tortas, and feature 20 restaurants with locations in airports across the U.S.

Naturally, taste preferences, overall ambience and price will factor heavily in voters’ decisions… but what about the employees’ wages and working conditions? In a recent survey conducted about food options at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, a full 94% of surveyed passengers indicated that it was important to them that the people who prepare and serve their food have quality jobs. And as fast food workers strike across the nation for a living wage, consumer consciousness about the realities of work in food service has never been higher.

With this in mind, and with the knowledge—and proof—that union jobs are better jobs, we’ve compiled a handy list to help you make your selection. See below to find out if your favorite airport restaurant a union shop, and please vote accordingly!


 socorro“I’ve been working at the Oakland airport since 2010. I’m a Cook and before the union I used to earn $13, now I make $15.44 an hour… I work hard, and earn what I deserve… They respect us now that we have a union.”
—Socorro Andrade, Firewood Café, OAK


Nominee Airport Union Status
42nd St. Oyster Bar RDU (Raleigh/Durham) Non-Union
Anthony’s Restaurant SEA (Seattle) Union
Cat Cora’s Kitchen SFO (San Francisco) Union
Chickie’s and Pete’s PHL (Philadelphia) Non-Union
Deep Blue Sushi JFK (New York City) Union (SEIU)
French Meadow Bakery & Café MSP (Mpls/St. Paul) Union
Gallagher’s Steakhouse EWR (Newark) Union
Harry and Izzy’s IND (Indianapolis) Union
Homeboy Café and Bakery LAX (Los Angeles Union
Legal Sea Foods BOS (Boston) Non-Union
Lemonade LAX Non-Union
Obrycki’s BWI (Baltimore) Non-Union
One Flew South ATL (Atlanta) Non-Union
Salt Lick AUS (Austin) Union
Shake Shack JFK (New York City) Union
Stanford’s Restaurant and Bar PDX (Portland) Non-Union
Taste of Prime Tavern LGA (New York City) Union
Tortas Frontera ORD (Chicago-O’Hare) Union
Vino Volo Various Cities Non-Union
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