One Flew South: My Favorite Airport Restaurant/Bar

The Concourse E Burger at One Flew South

Since I am an elite flyer, I usually frequent airline pubs, er, clubs, for free libations. However, I make an exception in Atlanta. I don’t even mind being delayed in Atlanta because of this place. My favorite airport bar/pub/restaurant hands-down is One Flew South, even if I only want a drink and not food. They have by far the best cocktail and wine list of any airport bar, and if you do wish to eat, they also have an amazing menu of made-to-order appetizers and meals, as well as a sushi bar. What is even more surprising is that although it is described as an “upscale dining experience,” you are served very quickly. My last two visits have been about 45 minutes, from arrival to departure. If you inquire about how long it will take to receive your food and drink, the servers can answer with a preparation time for each item on the menu. If you do decide to eat, my personal favorites are the Chicken Noodle Soup, Concourse E Burger 1/2 pound Kobe, and Breast of Duck. Since I am a wino, I always go for a selection from their extensive wine list.

2009 Marc Brédif Chinon at One Flew South

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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, California

Cindy’s Backsteet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave
St. Helena, CA
Phone (707) 963-1200
Fax (707) 963-1207

November 1st – April 30th
Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm

May 1st – October 31st
Open 7 days a week; 11:30 am – 9:30 pm

During a recent trip to Napa, my fiancé and I had lunch at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen after a nearby wine tasting.  The restaurant offers a wide range of menu items, including “small plates,” salads, “large plates,” “from our wood burning oven,” and sandwiches.  Both reservations and walk-ins are welcome.

My fiancé and I both ordered the Backstreet Fry (with calamari, red onions, fennel, okra, and lemon aioli) and the Chinatown Duck Burger with shiitake mushroom ketchup and French fries.  It was one of the most unique and incredibly delicious meals we’ve ever had.

According to the website, “Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen combines a classy supper club with the flair of a speakeasy to create the perfect upscale eatery and neighborhood hang-out.”  What a perfect description of this casual and friendly restaurant opened by Cindy Pawlcyn, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef/owner of Napa’s Mustards Grill.