Gadling blogger Justin Delaney gave us a great rundown last week about what to expect at Virgin America’s new T2 home base at San Francisco International Airport. But there’s more – sure, it’s a shiny new terminal and you’ll be flying on one of the industry’s most loved airlines, but what are you going to do while waiting for your flight? Eat, naturally.
In keeping with Virgin’s reputation as the “Best Domestic Airline for Food,” (Travel + Leisure, 2009) the terminal will offer the following restaurants and dining destinations:
Napa Farms Market:
Napa Farms Market is a celebration of locally grown and produced artisan foods and wines. It celebrates the Bay Area‘s freshest culinary traditions by bringing such well-known artisan brands as Equator Coffee, Three Twins Ice Cream, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, Kara’s Cupcakes, Mighty Leaf Tea, Frog Hollow Farms produce, Napa Valley Vintner’s Association wines and Tyler Florence‘s Rotisserie of Napa together in one emporium. The market, an extension of the Bay Area‘s innovative food community, lets travelers create their own picnics-to-go, find special gifts to bring home a culinary memory of San Francisco or relax over a fine glass of wine.
Lark Creek Grill:
Lark Creek Grill, the 14th restaurant in the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, will offer many Lark Creek classic dishes and a wide-ranging menu to please all guests with choices from garden-fresh sandwiches to sustainable seafood to sizzling steaks. The offerings are designed with the airport passenger in mind – fresh, healthy and portion-appropriate. In addition to table service for approximately 120 guests, Lark Creek Grill offers takeaway options.
Vino Volo :
Vino Volo revolutionized the airport wine experience by developing comfortable post-security retreats for travelers combining a cozy wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop. They offer wines by the glass, in tasting flights and by the bottle. In SFO, their home airport, they will offer a rotating menu of 22-24 wines grouped by tasting flights. The Vino Volo wine bar will be a part of Napa Farms Market.
The Cat Cora concept is a sophisticated culinary experience that focuses on using fresh and organic ingredients within its creation of innovative tapas plates and truly groundbreaking cocktails. The lounge has a strong emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. With its gorgeous views of the Bay Area hills, travelers will be mesmerized by the marriage of design, form and function.
The Plant Cafe Organic:
The fourth restaurant in the team’s portfolio, The Plant Cafe Organic will offer T2 passengers an almost entirely organic menu of juices and healthy meals with a focus on the local. Try the signature Plant Burger, made with lentils, mushrooms, bulgur, beets and cashews, garnished with avocado, roasted onions, aioli and cheese. It is “cooked by solar power.”
Founded in West Hollywood in 2005, Pinkberry offers the ever popular frozen yogurt stand to T2 customers.Pinkberry was rated the #1 Frozen Yogurt concept by Zagat in 2009 and is considered one of the hottest yogurt concepts in the world.
Founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California, this specialty coffee roaster and retailer has a fiercely loyal and devoted following known as Peetniks . Peet’s in Terminal 2 will bake fresh pastries on site. Peet’s is also located in SFO’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
The terminal opens to the public on April 14.