Cousin's Bar-B-Q at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Makes a Worthwhile Layover Feast

Constant traveling across the United States from John Wayne Airport has taught me that the main connecting hubs for flights out of our fair county are Phoenix, Denver and Dallas. I try not to spend any cash while on layover, the cheapskate that I am, but one booth always draws me in: Cousin's Bar-B-Q in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's D Terminal.


It's not desperation that draws me here. Look at this sausage plate. I had already eaten about five slices of the Tex-German-style sausage, recent recipient of Texas Monthly's People's Choice award for best sausage at their recent barbecue cook-off. They were thick, snappy, spicy, fatty, and bathed in a tangy sauce that an Orange Countian can only dream of but a Texan probably considers able. The sweet beans lived up to their name; the mac-and-cheese accomplished what is was supposed to; the Texas toast, as crunchy as a cracker. All for a bit more than $8, a steal for airplane cuisine (don't bother with a beverage; take a cup with you and fill up at the drinking fountains).

Is this the finest 'cue in Texas? Of course not. But for those of you flying east for the holidays, a stop at Cousin's is a worthy alternative to your homemade snacks. Now, if only they could open a branch in OC and teach us something…

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