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Thrillist recently published a list of the best US airports for food and beverage ranked from from 72nd to 1st.
Dallas-Fort Worth took top honors, a feat that I doubt would have been possible five years ago and one that slightly surprises me still.
What doesn’t surprise me, however, is that a restaurant from Fort Worth, Cousins, gets a special nod in the article.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Cousins. I grew up a couple of minutes away from their original outpost on the corner of McCart and Westcreek in the southwest Fort Worth suburbs. Cousins was a fixture in my teenaged life. We held our Thespians banquet there each year. I had friends who worked there after school. And I was a fan of their BBQ baked potato, often ducking in for lunch with my girlfriends when we earned off-campus privileges. Even in college, I’d go back to visit and sneak in a meal at Cousins for nostalgia’s sake.
Having Cousin’s at DFW Airport has been an enhancement for me. When I was living in Dallas, I’d sometimes get Cousin’s to go from DFW after landing but before picking up my car. And even though I now live in Fort Worth and have proximity to the original again, I still sometimes get a sausage plate or brisket backed potato before catching a flight.
The rest of the list suddenly has more credibility to me personally due to this significant nod. But it’s a good list on it’s own. And damned funny too. The writer clearly gets food – and more important, clearly gets “airport food” which is a cuisine of it’s own. That’s Austin gets ranked #13 behind DFW’s #1 is just an after effect (take that, Salt Lick).
I’m also kicking myself for not reading this list thoroughly before flying out of Wichita last week. Because despite being #69, I feel like the waffle bar and I could have made sweet love before I flew. I’m just saying.
What do you think of this list? Any objections? Or notable admissions? Sound off in the comments!