It’s called Banh Shop and is slated to open later this month in terminal D (the ‘international’ terminal which does house some domestic flights) near gate 31.
And here’s the weird thing… it’s owned by Yum Brands, the parent of Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut. But then McDonalds used to own Chipotle. And they’re experimenting. I’m not expecting an authentic experience — something that matches what I get in the Eden Center in Northern Virginia, or from the banh mi truck down the road, let alone something from Vietnam.
But it’s another interesting food option at my favorite domestic airport.
Here’s what’s weird. I understand that several top former US Airways executives in management at American don’t love Dallas-Forth Worth as a connecting airport. And no doubt, the airport is spread out — the full airport grounds are larger than the island of Manhattan. But the airport is pretty efficient to transit. The ‘trAAin’ between terminals functions very well.
Immigration has been slow in the past there, and is getting better. The C terminal hardly seems modern, though terminal renovations are quite nice such as the portion of A that’s already been done. Terminal D is bright and airy with outstanding concessions.
There are really good food options (skip the Salt Lick Barbecue outpost there, only the 3rd best barbecue option in the airport). There are four American Airlines club lounges, several independent lounges, and an American Express Centurion lounge in the D terminal.
Baggage claim is quick to get to and efficient. Time from entry into the airport to gates is quick too (both speak to origin/destination traffic rather than connecting, but are positives worth mentioning).
And there’s ample seating, power and connectivity throughout the airport. The DFW travel lounges are nice (they used to be sponsored by Samsung, and feature comfortable seating and televisions). I’ve never seen so many Starbucks in one place in my life.
To be sure, there are features of other airports I like better.
- Tortas Frontera at O’Hare is perhaps my favorite sandwich (outside of a good New York Deli).
- LAX has the Theme Building which I hope will re-open and the Parking Spot bus to the Sepulveda In ‘n Out burger.
- Charlotte has rocking chairs but good luck ever getting one.
But all-together, DFW is by far my favorite connecting hub in the United States (although it’s not particular efficient flying from the Northeast to Pacific Northwest, I will grant).