Back in April, we had a FIVE-HOUR layover in Houston. Yes, and we missed our connecting flight to Houston earlier. So, it would have been seven hours, actually. Well you see me with my walking shoes on. Rourke and I decided to get our steps in for the day and explore every terminal of the airport.
C Terminal was definitely our favorite. So, if you only have a short layover, try and make it over here. The terminal had a total transformation back in February. They pulled in local famous chefs with their restaurants and changed all the seating, each seat equipped with an IPAD. The IPADs have games, news, etc. But the coolest thing about them is that you can order your food and/gifts from the IPAD to be delivered right to your seat at your gate. This seems like it would be convenient for say a family or big group where everyone wanted a different type of food to eat.
Each restaurant had an IPAD at each seat, too. You just order, slide your card through the IPAD and shortly your food arrives.
We decided that we were in the mood for pizza, so we stopped here.
We ordered the Smoked Pork Pie. It had pulled pork, sauce Bianco, peppers and fennel pollen. It did not disappoint!
We washed it down with a cool glass of rose’. Delish!! Also, Pala serves breakfast.
Just down from Pala is Bam Bam. It was a toss-up between Pala and Bam Bam, so next time I would love to try Bam Bam. It is a cajun restaurant with a Vietnamese flare. They also have sushi.
Two other locally-sourced restaurants showcasing two other chefs are Ember and Olio. Both serve breakfast daily, also.
Ember, a Texas-inspired tavern, focuses on hand-cut steaks and Texas-sized burgers. Chef Chris Shepherd, a Texas native, has been awarded the James Beard, “Best Chef: Southwest” and Food and Wine’s “Best Chef America.” You can view the menu here.
Olio focuses on paninis and fresh salads, all locally-sourced. Chef Monica Pope was awarded “Best New Chef” by Food and Wine. You can view the menu here.
You can really have your shopping needs met in C Terminal, too.
Beauty Products: MAC, Jo Malone, Kiehls
Athletic wear: Adrenaline, DR34M, Rip Curl
Specialty gifts: MADE:Texas (really cute, unique gifts)
Clothing: Brooks Brothers
Our connecting flight was in the E terminal, so we decided to have a bite there before getting on the plane. We decided on Cat Cora’s Kitchen. We had the grilled artichokes with creamy caper sauce and a glass of there Super Tuscan Il Fauno from Italy. The artichokes were so delicious, I made them when we got home. Recipe here. And, I am still trying to find the wine. It was really good! Her menu is on the lighter side, is locally-sourced and breakfast is served daily. You can view her menu here.
Our flight leaving to go home was near the B terminal. We ate at 3rd Bar, since it was close. They were still serving breakfast, so Rourke ordered the Croissant Egg Sandwich with country smoked ham and cheddar cheese. I ordered the egg white omelet with mixed berries and garden salad. They were both average fare. We were starving and probably would have eaten Snow White’s poison apple, so we didn’t mind. You can view their menu here.
No shopping really stood out here.
We walked through D and E terminals. The only thing that caught my eye was a Chanel makeup counter in D and L’occitane in E.
Every terminal had a CIBO Express Gourmet Market, where you can pick up a little bit of everything from souvenirs and organic snacks to chocolates and coffee.
Starting June 30, the airport has a new way to navigate the airport using your smartphone at this website. This would have been helpful on our visit!
The next time you fly out of Houston check some of these places out. I can’t wait to go back and eat my way through IAH again!