NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The plates are heavy. The service is hearty.
This is a New Orleans restaurant, but WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood can't find anybody from New Orleans who's eating here.
Waitress Sarah Johnson asks a table of her customers where they're from.
"New York City, " they say.
Wild Bill asks Sarah to ask another man where he's from. He says he's from Cambridge, Nebraska.
They're all here because they have to be here. This is the New Orleans airport, Louis Armstrong International Airport, in fact.
It's just been named one of the best airports in America for food. And the reason is because of Dooky Chase's. It's the airport location of New Orleans' legendary restaurant.
The stand out star on the menu is fried chicken.
The secret ingredient is love.
That's what makes it worth waiting for, according to the kitchen crew.
And the wait is exactly fifteen minutes. That's how long it takes the chicken to fry in a sizzling jacuzzi.
The chicken is even on a timer.
It's so good, you may even have to miss your flight.
Here's the list of the best airports for food, according to United Airlines:
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
One of the best celebrity chef restaurants is located in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport: Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless. The winner of the hit Bravo television show “Top Chef Masters," Bayless specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine with eight concepts across the Windy City. You can find Tortas Frontera in Terminals 1, 3 and 5 at O'Hare. Using locally sourced ingredients, Bayless' airport locations are well known for serving tortas, Mexico's version of a warm, toasted sandwich, and offering a customized guacamole bar with five toppings. A customer favorite is cochinita pibil — achiote and citrus-braised pork, pickled red onions and black beans that comes with a side of roasted habanero salsa. Stop by, order online, or better yet — have your food delivered to your gate.
Los Angeles International Airport
The United home at Los Angeles International Airport is Terminal 7, which is also home to The Counter, an eatery with locations in nine different states and four different countries. The restaurant allows passengers to customize their burgers with cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns. Options include beef, turkey, portobello mushrooms, vegan veggie and chicken. The restaurant also offers salads, fries, sandwiches and sweet treats, all of which can be packed up for maximum enjoyment on your flight.
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is home to Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill, a concept created by concessions operator Delaware North. It features delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, beers, wines and specialty cocktails. The restaurant, located in Concourse B, is known for its big burgers and vegetarian options, along with multiple television screens, ensuring you won't miss the big game when traveling.
Newark Liberty International Airport
In November 2014, United Airlines announced a major upgrade of food and beverage options in its Terminal C hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. In partnership with OTG Management, the airline is introducing 55 new eateries that offer a myriad of options for travelers. They include Vo Banh Mi, an outpost of a New York City-based Cambodian sandwich shop; Saison, a French bistro created by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse; healthy Mediterranean cuisine from Flora café; and Melange Petit Patisserie from chocolate master Jacques Torres. It's safe to say you won't run out of options when traveling through Newark.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Finally, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has an outlet of the city's iconic restaurant Dooky Chase, a mainstay in the city since 1941. For travelers who can't make it to the restaurant's Treme neighborhood in the city, the outlet in the airport's main terminal offers its favorite dishes. Menu items include red beans and rice, fried chicken, po'boys, fried catfish, peach cobbler and whiskey bread pudding. The food is so good that you'll want to come back time and time again.