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Celebrity chefs have been opening airport restaurants for years now. Wolfgang Puck did it, so has Michael Symon, so why not the Food Network?
The network for foodies has opened its first-ever Food Network Kitchen, a restaurant inside Terminal Three at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Before you go shaking your head, you should know it's received pretty decent reviews from the Broward Palm Beach New Times.
Here's what reporter Laine Doss had to say: ''All the while I prepared myself for a terminal restaurant that had memorabilia a la Hard Rock Cafe (Look honey, we're eating a burger under Guy Fieri's bowling shirt!). The restaurant is surprisingly subtle. True there are flat screen televisions that, instead of football, show Anne Burrell making love to a pot roast. But the rest of the place is bright and cheery, with citrus pops of color and drawings of food on chalkboards. There's also a fast-grab section where you can purchase food and drink for your trip.''
The casual sit-down restaurant features dishes from the Food Network test kitchen and a fast-grab section. Travelers can purchase salads, sandwiches and sweet treats. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with sandwiches, salads, and desserts averaging at around $6 to $14.
Local produce and ingredients will be sourced when possible. Breads are furnished by Gran Forno and sweets are from We Take the Cake, both in Ft. Lauderdale.