Even with the best-laid plans, sometimes eating in airport restaurants is inevitable. For me, I find it much easier to pack substantive and healthy snacks on the way to my destination. On the way back, oftentimes I want to squeeze every remaining ounce out of my vacation instead of stopping off at a natural food store to cobble together snacks and meals for the road. As luck would have it, some airports make it surprisingly easy to grab a vegan meal before heading on to the next leg of your journey.
Every year PCRM lists the airports that offer the most vegetarian options. For two years running Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport topped the list. This past November, it fell to third place with 52 out of 58 of their restaurants offering at least one healthy option. That’s still nothing to shake a (celery) stick at!
In their press release they said, “Travelers can load up on seaweed salad and vegetable sushi at Musashi or visit Mediterranean Grill for tabbouleh, hummus, vegetarian grape leaves, vegetable stir fry, almond rice salad, and a fruit plate.” Past years also mentioned the veggie burrito (without the cheese) at Diego’s Mexican Cantina and the black bean burger at Slapshotz.
In January, I flew through the Detroit Airport twice. The first time through I was rich with tofu and chickpeas packed from home, and so I just rolled my bag down to the food court area to feast on an impromptu picnic. However, when David and I were flying back through again we stopped at Mediterranean Grill to grab dinner.
We shared the fattoush salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and toasted pita chips. It was tossed in a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. I was glad that they had a good vegan salad option that was substantial enough for a meal. It’s always a plus to get something fresh on the road. This isn’t the prettiest salad you’ve ever seen in your life, but for an airport meal, it wasn’t half bad.
We also shared the vegetarian grape leaves & hummus pita wrap. When I ordered it, I imagined that the pita would be filled with hummus and vegetables and then the stuffed grape leaves would be on the side. Surprisingly, it was all stuffed into the pita. For a side they typically offer french fries, but they are fried in the same oil as chickens’ wings. So I opted for potato chips instead. The meal was on the bland side but inoffensive.
It’s nice to see airports stepping up their game in terms of vegan options. Plus, the salad was $7.69 and the pita was $7.99. Not bad for a restaurant with a captive audience. With luggage/space allowance becoming an increasing concern, it’s good to have some on-the-go options when you’re flying the friendly skies.
Tune in for my next post when I’ll be featuring another vegan-friendly airport!