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BWI ranked healthiest airport in country for dining

BWI ranked healthiest airport in country for dining
Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst holds a salmon dish at Silver Diner in BWI. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)

The BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is the healthiest airport in the country when it comes to dining, with more than 90 percent of its restaurants offering nutritious options, according to the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The Anne Arundel County airport was also tied with Newark Liberty Airport as the most improved in terms of its healthy dining options this year. It jumped 12 percentage points in the committee's rankings from last year — to a 92 percent.


In all, 36 of the 39 restaurants at BWI were found to carry "at least one healthful plant-based option," the committee found in its 2014 report, released Friday.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, the airport's CEO, said the study "affirms our commitment to customer service and to providing a diverse selection of healthy food options for our travelers."

The airport was tied for fourth place in the study last year.

The next highest rated airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, scored a 90 percent, with 43 of its 48 restaurants carrying healthy options.

At BWI, the Silver Diner in particular went "above and beyond to provide Baltimore travelers with nutrient-packed options," the committee said.

"Silver Diner's flexitarian menu, based on seasonal and local foods, features colorful vegetarian stir-fries with gluten-free quinoa pasta, kidney bean chili, and a fall harvest salad with 10 locally sourced fruits and vegetables," the committee's team of dietitians found earlier this year.

The committee also praised Ram's Head, Pepper's Mexican Grill, Zona Cocina, Chipotle, DuClaw Brewing Company, Sky Azure and Kraze Burger for offering healthy options.

"Baltimore travelers have their pick of healthful fare from which to choose this year," the committee found.

Regan National Airport in Washington ranked fourth on the list, scoring an 87 percent. Washington Dulles International Airport ranked ninth, scoring an 80 percent.

The report ranks the 30 busiest airports in the country. The first survey was taken in 2001.