Think of it like Would You Rather: The Airport Edition. You've just been told you've got a 300-minute weather delay in the airport. Would you rather be in:
A. Raleigh/Durham, where $12 buys you the combo special of a Captain Morgan mojito (sugar cane stalk and mint included) and a side of mozzarella sticks
B. Philadelphia, where a dozen dollars gets you a cheese steak with the works, fries and a bottle of water?
On a recent weather-plagued sojourn to Philly via RDU, I experienced both. The cheesesteak was oddly good, hot as hell--both temperature- and jalapeno-wise--and the fries were laudably crisp and light. The mojito came with fresh mint and a stalk of sugar cane, though with little evidence of actual booze in the concoction. Meanwhile, it's always debatable whether to count mozzarella sticks in the pro or con column. (Furthermore, in an airport, which enjoys price inelasticity on par with that of an emergency room, why, for the love of Wilbur Wright, is there a markdown on the mojito-mozzarella stick combo?)
For my 12 bucks, the cheese steak in the Southwest terminal was the way to go. As a sandwich, it was less disappointing than the RDU mojito was as a cocktail. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but of course, in games of Would You Rather, as in airport dining, there are no good choices.