DFW

Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport

DFW pops up in my travels often. When you are loyal to AA, it becomes easy to spend some time here. Texas weather can be a bit unruly, especially in the summer, so it’s always a good idea to plan for an extended layover. Here are my top 3 picks for Eating DFW like a pro.

Pappasito’s Cantina (A28)

I am a lover of some over the top Tex-Mex. Pappasito’s is my number one go-to spot at DFW. It can be a heavy meal, so come hungry and bear in mind how much food you are ordering. Prepare for foot long Tacos, enchiladas filled with a pound of melty, delicious cheese and excellent rice & refried beans. My absolute favorite here is the cheese enchilada- which you can get with a salad if you’re behaving. If you’re going whole hog, the go-to is “The Laredo” 1 huge beef taco, 1 Cheese Enchilada, 1 Pork Tamale with rice and beans. Wear elastic everything. Find it at Terminal A, gate 28 and try not to fill up on chips & salsa/queso!

American Express Centrion Lounge (D17)

Another great example of why I swear by the AMEX Platinum card. A sanctuary above busy Terminal D, this lounge is a great spot to pop in to treat yourself to an enjoyable layover. Great food by James Beard award winner Dean Fearing is Texas cuisine through and through- expect Tex-Mex and BBQ/Southern influence. As always, a well stocked open bar rounds things out. Find it on the Mezzanine Level of Terminal D, across from D17.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (A25)

A great option for a nice sit down meal, Pappadeaux is a treat for anyone looking for upscale dining- whether you have 30 minutes for a quick bite or 2 hours for a leisurely lunch. If you’re rushing, head for the bar. The full menu is available and friendly service will get you taken care of and on your way quickly. Baked crab Mac n’ Cheese is a winner, but a straightforward and classic seafood/steak menu is made to please. Expect pastas, fried seafood selections, nice entree salads, Steaks and chicken. Sushi lovers, beware- the “Sushi” here is all deep fried/cooked rolls. Find it at A25, downstairs.