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Flying through Airside C just got a little bit more scrumptious.

(April 3, 2018) Late last month, Tampa International Airport opened a new PDQ and Burger 21 on the airside, bringing two new fast-food joints to TPA’s busiest airside. PDQ

With everything from crafted burgers (think ahi tuna and Korean BBQ) to freshly made chicken tenders with a wide variety of homemade sauces, these two concepts give Southwest and Frontier passengers a whole new reason to fly.

PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, opened March 20. The chain opened its first location in Tampa in 2011, featuring fresh, fast food with fresh, made-from-scratch options. They now serve a variety of hand-breaded chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads and hand-spun shakes.

PDQ CEO and co-founder said the company was beyond excited to open in their hometown airport.

“We have a deep love for the city and are excited that we can not only serve our neighbors as they jet off, but also provide quality, delicious dining options to visitors to the area as well,” he said. “Our team of People Dedicated to Quality looks forward to welcoming those traveling through Tampa and introducing them to our brand."

Burger 21, another chain with Tampa Bay ties, opened in November 2010 in Westchase with a goal of creating modern, upscale burgers. Their interpretations include such culinary masterpieces as the Tex-Mex Haystack, featuring smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, guacamole and onion strings on a brioche bun, as well as The Shroom, which delights the palate with a combination of crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions and roasted garlic aioli.