Airline passengers are always at the mercy of the elements. Which element at any particular time depends on the circumstance. For instance, the restaurants at airports around the nation can be very good - or not.
Next time you take to the air, go to www.blogsouthwest.com and print out the full version of this list and bring it with you. It's from the site where Southwest Airlines employees mingle in cyberspace.
In this case, a Southwest flight crew member - who spends a lot of time in airport food courts - names the 10 restaurant chains he likes the best, having encountered them often during his own travels. Included is Saladworks; you'll find one of its outlets at Sacramento International Airport (916-568-0999).
Potbelly Sandwich Works: "With extremely affordable prices and great food, your wallet will be just as satisfied as your stomach and taste buds."
Mama Lombardi's: "Italian food so authentic, you'll think you are in an episode of 'Sopranos.'"
Capers CafÃ© et Le Bar: "So much selection, you will almost hope for your flight to be canceled."
Salt Lick: "Strap on your cowboy boots and get ready for some BBQ."
Comida Buena Gourmet Deli: "Home of the 'world famous' green chile chicken soup."
Saladworks: "You'll feel like you are on the farm, eating food you just picked from your garden."
Ivar's Fish Bar: "Fish 'n' chips, chowders, cod, halibut, salmon, scallops, calamari, clams, prawns."
Flo's Shanghai: "For under $6, you will have a meal that will make you feel like you are celebrating Chinese New Year in Shanghai."
Pinkberry: "Offers a seasonal variety of different frozen yogurts with fresh fruits."
Smuttynose Public House: "Unprecedented friendly service and savory crepes that will make you melt."
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.