Anglers

Central Terminal Dr. • LaGuardia AirportTerminal C • East Elmhurst, NY 11371
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While LaGuardia has most certainly upped its game as of late, there is still some upping left to be done. For starters, with the food. Sure, airport food is typically crap, but even within this very crappy spectrum, there exists the potential to be barely crappy, or super crappy. Sometimes, dare I say, even surprisingly good. Just check out Axel’s Bonfire in Minneapolis, Uncorkd in SFO or Beaudevin in Charlotte, NC.

But back to the rule as opposed to the exception, which is squarely where you’ll find Angler’s. Set amongst 4 other restaurants in a iPad serviced food court of the future that sounds much more interesting than it is. You basically search the menu on the iPad bolted to your table, place your order, and swipe your card to pay in advance- including tip. Which is a bit fucked up, because unless you’re clairvoyant, how in the hell do you know how much you want to tip server? Especially when they aren’t even really waiting on you, the friggin’ iPad is! But for argument sake, let’s assume you went the default, 18%. And let’s also assume you got the same shitty service I got. They delivered my poor excuse for a lobster roll a woeful 10 minutes before ever bringing my lemonade. And no, they didn’t even bother to bring me water to tide me over. Which posed quite the dilemma for me, do I eat it while the bun and fries are still warm, risking a parched mouth in dire need of moisture? Or, do wait for my drink to arrive, turning an already mediocre dish into a tepid mess? I split the difference.

Now, one might say to me, Ferocious Foodie, what in the hell were you thinking ordering a lobster roll at an airport? To which I would respond, fair point, duly noted and won’t happen again.

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5Church

127 N Tryon St. Ste 8 Charlotte, NC 28202(704) 919-13225church.com

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From the moment you walk in the door you feel like you might be in NYC as opposed to NC. The décor and energy are both great. Modern industrial with very unique lighting fixtures, a bit of a brocade vibe and the entire novel “The Art of War” is written in chalk on the ceiling- presumably not to be outdone by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Service was good. And the food impressive, depending on what you got. So choose wisely. Here’s a list to help you do just that…

First, the starters. Skip the jerk chicken lettuce wraps. They do not live up to the heat of their Jamaican roots. The wedge salad is a solid good. But the perogies were my favorite. Nothing was sensational, however, just yet.

But the lamb burger, now that’s a different story. So well seasoned with a complex blend of herbs and spices. The cheese. The bun. It was excellent. The fries were also pretty great, but less fry-like and more like a 2×4 of potato. And the sauce they give you to dip them in is a beautiful aioli of flavors. I put it on my burger too.

As for dessert, completely skip the Peanut Butter cake. Not worth it. And the Banana Pudding is just okay. But the S’More- ohh the s’more.  It’s campfire heaven in a glass.

So, 5 Church gets 3 knives. A touch hit and miss, with a slight edge going to the hits.

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