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PHL’s Local Offers Real Food

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The last several times I’ve been to Philadelphia International Airport I’ve considered making the trek down to Terminal F to try out Jose Garces’s menu at Local. But the timing just hasn’t worked out. So I was intrigued when I saw that Brian Freedman reviewed the iPad-based eatery in yesterday’s Philadelphia Weekly.

Everything you eat at Local, from sides to proper entrees, you order through a clever iPad system; you can customize your order, add items, pay through it and even browse the interwebs. And while some people may push back at the lack of much human contact during the meal, I actually found it to be perfectly suited to the context of the airport. Checking your bags, wending your way through security and dealing with the myriad other headaches of air travel are stressful enough. Being able to retreat into your own world in this well-appointed space is fantastic.

Local: It’s actually good food at Philadelphia Int’l Airport [Philadelphia Weekly]
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As If Jose Garces Wasn’t Busy Enough…

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He’s got a Cuban diner to get open (Rosa Blanca, going into the space that once housed Chifa) and Volver’s birth to tend to. There are projects far and wide demanding his attention, plus the maintenance of his local empire. And yet, we just got word that Jose Garces also had a hand in helping to design the menu for the new Local–a beer-garden themed, iPad-equipped American tavern going into concourse F at Philadelphia International Airport.

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Garces Involved in PHL Project

The Sunday Inquirer outlined the planned upgrades to Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport. When the project is completed, the F might stand for food. Among the improvements, a host of new eating options including Local, a new tavern that will feature Jose Garces as a consultant. The restaurant/bar will not be a Garces Restaurant Group property but chefs will be trained in Garces restaurants. Every seat will come with an iPad from which you can place orders, surf the web and check flight times. Each table will also have outlets to make charging up a snap.

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