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“As good an airport food location as you'll find in the US”
Review of First Flight

First Flight
Ranked #954 of 2,435 Restaurants in Tampa
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Waiting for a delayed United flight I found sitting at the counter as First Flight a better option than the food locations air side. There was a good choice of wine (although several weren't available as the menu was about to change) and the food was put together with care.

The choice of food (which strangely books ends either side of the wine selection) was interesting and the staff pleasant. Servings aren't large, but then it's more the 'stop and drink have something to nibble' on type of approach.

Whoever came up with the 'airline' style uniforms wasn't thinking very deeply, but overall this was a good experience and reasonably classy.

The outlet is connected to Mise En Place which is no bad recommendation but rather surprising that they don't make more of it.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

When waiting at the airport for a friend / family member's flight to arrive, I will usually partake of a glass of wine at the First Flight which is central to all the trams that run from airside to the main terminal. My last visit was quite disappointing as I ordered a white wine, which came warm. The server blamed it on the wine glass not being chilled, I knew differently. While waiting for another more chilled glass of wine and it never coming, I walked away to meet my arriving guest. Be prepared to pay airport concession prices for average drink, food and service.

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Thank William W
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have eaten here many times. It's a great alternative to airplane food and also good for people who are arriving and starving. The marcona almonds are addicting and to die for. The sandwiches are great, especially the turkey. The salads are fresh. For better service sit in the section away from the Starbucks. The wines are good and they'll let you try before you buy. The service is friendly and they are knowledgable.

Thank HVB
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

in short, WORST CASE OF FOOD POISONING EVER, DON'T EAT THERE. Details if interested were: my long haul flight to the UK was delayed, stopped here for a light bite and ordered the Scottish smoked salmon with pitta and glass of wine. As a regular traveler I was initially excited to find this new option for light healthy eating at the airport. The first bite of my food tasted odd, 2nd not nice, 3rd confirmed it was bad/off. I informed my server who told me the 'taste' was their signature dressing! As a regular consumer of Scottish smoked salmon I reiterated it was BAD. Astonishingly I was then asked if I wanted it boxed! I stated that I was too scared to eat it and asked them to taste it which they declined. My big mistake was not to self induce vomiting at that point. I left and waited for my flight to London. Shortly after take off I became violently ill, was ill for the whole 9 hour flight (thank you BA cabin crew who took excellent care of me) I had to transfer airports in the UK but collapsed at Heathrow airport, and was too ill to make my connecting flight and had to find a hotel. The worst case of food poisoning I have ever had, apart from the personal stress and agony it financially cost me an expensive hotel room at Heathrow airport, a new onward flight ticket and several expensive taxi rides. I also missed meetings and lost 2 days of my trip. NIGHTMARE.

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Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile
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