When I think of great food, I don’t often think of airports. There are only a handful of places where I’ve had memorable meals, and just a few that I actually look forward to. Most airports are a wasteland of fast food restaurants and lackluster chains. That seems to be changing though. I’ve noticed a concerted effort in many airports to improve the quality of their food offerings, and it makes me very happy. Recently, I’ve had a great sushi meal in Miami, a killer (killer) lobster roll in Connecticut, and without fail, every time I go to the Nashville airport I go to Swett’s/Whitt’s for the meatloaf (omg it’s so good). Now I have another place to add: Vino Volo at DFW in Terminal A.
Half of Terminal A was closed down for a long time while DFW completed a slew of upgrades. Among those upgrades include at least three new sit-down restaurants: Ling and Louie’s, The Salt Lick, and Vino Volo. Chains, yes, but nice ones. When my flight this week was delayed over an hour, I headed down the terminal to check them out. I had plans to go to Ling and Louie’s, but got distracted by Vino Volo on the way.
I love wine, and a wine flight along with some tasty grub seemed like the perfect way to spend my unexpected extra hour at DFW. Vino Volo’s wine list is extensive for an airport, representing many varietals and various parts of the world. There were at six different flights available, and I went for the California Kings, with three big reds. Each one was full bodied and incredibly tasty, and I will definitely be looking up the Zinfandel (Trinitas Cellars) when I get home. In addition to the wine, I had the prosciutto, brie, and fig jam sandwich (which I stupidly did not take a picture of). It was the perfect compliment to my wine flight. I finished off the meal with the flourless chocolate torte, and couldn’t have been happier.
Before this week, if I had an hour to eat I would head to Terminal D. No longer! Now I will head to Terminal A. IF you’re in DFW with an hour to spare, and you love wine, go to Vino Volo! You will feel like you’re in a real restaurant with real food, not an airport with thousands of people. It’s located across from A17.
Readers, where was your most memorable airport dining experience?