If you thought the country’s biggest purveyor of food porn was already ubiquitous, check out what just opened in Terminal 3 (Concourse F) of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
It’s the very first Food Network Kitchen, a “fast casual” sit-down and take-out eatery that draws on design elements of the network’s own test kitchen, not to mention the kind of name recognition most restaurateurs would kill for. It also draws on local ingredients and purveyors, Gran Forno bakery and We Take the Cake being among the latter. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The space itself is cute and colorful, with lots of bright-white tile and vivid primary colors, plus flat-screen TVs tuned to—what else?—the Food Network, butcher block bar counter, and a grab ‘n’ go case full of pre-made sammies, wraps and salads. Made-to-order dishes include steel-cut oatmeal with dried tropical fruit, Florida shrimp po’ boy, black bean and rice burger with mojo mayo, and Cuban breakfast burrito. Prices aren’t bad, ranging from $6 to $14.
And as anyone who’s had to fly anywhere over the past several years knows, strong adult beverages are essential, so you’ll be pleased to hear the Kitchen also serves specialty cocktails, craft beers and wine. I will definitely drink to that.