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Vegetarian Foods Taking Off at Nation’s Airports

family waiting in airportWhere can a hungry airline traveler find a healthful meal? To find out, PCRM dietitians looked at foods served in restaurants at 15 of the busiest airports in the nation—and they discovered that vegetarian foods are increasingly available. PCRM’s eighth annual Airport Food Review found that 80 percent of the airports’ restaurants offer at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian option.

In this year’s report, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport tied for first place with Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport: 95 percent of the restaurants at both airports offer at least one vegetarian meal. The airport that really took off was Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which, after ranking in 10th place in 2006 and not participating in 2007, emerged in third place this year.

Even some low-ranking airports are making improvements: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport remained in last place for a second year, but it was most improved in percentage of restaurants offering healthful options—from 42 percent in 2007 to 60 percent in 2008.

Healthful options at airports include the Mediterranean platter at La Tapenade Mediterranean Café at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the vegan stromboli at French Meadow Bakery & Café at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and the roasted veggie ciabatta at Brioche Dorée at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport

Score

Healthy Restaurants/
Total Restaurants

1. (tie) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

95%

86/91

1. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

95%

59/62

2. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

88%

78/89

3. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

83%

50/60

4. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

82%

50/61

5. Los Angeles International Airport

81%

48/59

6. Denver International Airport

79%

38/48

7. (tie) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

77%

46/60

7. (tie) San Francisco International Airport

77%

47/61

8.  Orlando International Airport

76%

29/38

9. (tie) Miami International Airport

75%

24/32

9. (tie) Newark Liberty International Airport

75%

53/71

10. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

71%

41/58

11. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

67%

56/83

12.  Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

60%

18/30



PCRM's 2009 Airport Food Review


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