Traveling isn’t easy as a religious Jew. You need to bring your own food for the plane, for your connection city, and if you want to travel anywhere interesting, food for your destination as well. And that’s not even getting into Shabbos and other issues.
In LAX all of the food at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf used to be kosher certified, but going forward none of the LAX locations will be under kosher certification.
Locations may still have kosher sealed sandwiches available.
My personal strategy when I need food at an airport is to locate the nearest kosher restaurant and ask them if they would be able to bring out an order to an Uber driver, sealed in kosher tape. When the food is ready I call for an Uber to go to the restaurant as the origin and use the airport as the destination. Then I message or call the driver to ask if they can take a bag of food from the restaurant to me at the airport and nearly all of the time it works out just fine. I’ve done this in Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, NYC, and other airports.
An UberX from LA’s Pico area restaurants to LAX should run about $20.
NYC airports do sell kosher food and this exclusively kosher stand at United’s Tel Aviv gate is very impressive:
But at Newark I don’t even have to use my Uber strategy. The best kosher Sesame Chicken in the world (request the combo special with white meat) is delivered for free from New Kosher Special with a $40 minimum order.
Who cares if your airplane KSML stinks when New Kosher Special offers free delivery to EWR. Pro tip 1: Sesame chicken special combo with white meat, extra broccoli, and an egg roll, heaven all for just $10!!!! Pro tip 2: Pay with a credit card by downloading the beyond menu app. Pro tip 3: Never ever walk into the restaurant itself. At least that’s what people tell me 🙈 #NotAnAd #JustAFan
On DDF there’s a thread with a Wiki that keeps track of other options for kosher food at airport here. If you know of other options not mentioned there please comment here or add it to that Wiki.
What’s your strategy for kosher food at airports?