Houston Airport…on the Way to Oaxaca

IMG_1216…so I’ve had a few glasses of wine and am mid way through very long layer over waiting for my flight to Oaxaca ….the food choices here at IAH at first glance seem to range from Duncan Donuts to Chili’s, which when you think of it isn’t really much of a range.  It’s a huge rambling airport and my flight from NYC arrived at the opposite end to where my next flight departs, I walked for a long while then decided to take the monorail to terminal B.  Initially I was worried, the grim over heated food course that the trains lets you off at is lacking in places you’d actually want to go eat in, or at least that I would want to eat in.  But, fear not!  Head towards gates B12-20 and discover 3rd Bar Eating House.  IMG_1217A locally minded seafood centric bar/restaurant that has free wi-fi (apparently it’s erratic, but I got lucky) in a bright, cool, open, bright section of the terminal.  The wine list is decent and features a wine made by the two former CEO’s of Continental airlines, Houston was one of their big hubs and now is a United hub.IMG_1218The food Reef Sandwich was very tasty, a spicy South East Asian inspired fish sandwich on an onion bun garnished with Asian slaw and thinly sliced hot peppers (see picture at the top).  Both the salad and sweet potato fries were great, as was the Oregon Pinot that I have had three glasses oThe place is bright and modern and I feel I can say it is unlike anywhere else in the airport.  It certainly is one of a very few local establishments , mostly this is an airpot full of crappy chain places that you would only go to because you were trapped in an airport.IMG_1219

IMG_1221A very nice surprise and a lovely way to while away the hours if you ever find yourself stuck in the Houston Airport.


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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