Navigating Dallas-Fort Worth International
Published: April 2009
By Clark Mitchell
The world's third-busiest airport recently added a sleek international terminal— to the tune of $1.2 billion. With 80-foot ceilings and wide-open spaces, the glass-and-stainless steel structure is enormous. From an interactive sculpture to state- of-the-art bathrooms, we've tackled DFW's Terminal D for you.
FOOD AND DRINK In Dallas, it's all about Tex-Mex, and there's no shortage of it in Terminal D. A grilled-steak taco and a top-shelf margarita hit the spot at Blue Mesa Taco & Tequila Bar. More creative fare can be found at Cantina Laredo, where you can take in sweeping prairie views from the upper-level perch. At any hour, head to La Duni Latin Café for a warm rollo de canela y nuez— a Texan pecan-studded cinnamon brioche roll—or a rich cup of joe.
SHOPPING La Bodega Winery features bottles from more than 30 different Texas wineries at its tasting counter. Find one you fancy, and they'll ship it to your home. Stop in at Brooks Brothers if you've spilled salsa on your suit, or snag a last-minute souvenir at the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop. Of the newsstands, Wall Street News has the widest selection of international magazines. At InMotion Pictures, rent a DVD or portable DVD player for your flight.
WHILE YOU WAIT One of the more innovative touches—in addition to free Wi-Fi and a lightning-speed monorail service—is the presence of world-class art. Check out works by sculptor Mark di Suvero and painter Sol Lewitt, then wander through Christopher Janney's curved glass maze, Circling. While all of the restrooms are pristine, the ones across from Gate 25 score the highest: tastefully lit rooms with deep shelves behind the toilets and sinks for stowing carry-ons.