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A battle of epicurean proportions

As county supervisors debate which eateries to allow into JWA, this man’s vote goes to Wahoo’s.

by steve churmPublished: November 01, 2010

Baseball ended weeks ago when my dreams of a Freeway Series crashed with the Angels and Dodgers out of the playoffs. But get ready, because I’m on the mound in this column, and I’m throwing heat – high and inside right at the Orange County Board of Supervisors. No, I don’t have a beef with the ultimate overlords of John Wayne Airport. I just want to get their attention – pronto!
When I fly, JWA is my runway of choice. But it’s not because of the fan-friendly amenities in the twin terminals. It’s convenience, pure and simple. But now supervisors have a chance to win my heart. On Dec. 7, they can do something to cement their legacy as hospitality visionaries. They can score planeloads of frequent-flyer points with many of the nearly 9 million passengers who step on and off the jet ways at JWA annually. The five supervisors have the rare opportunity to serve hassled and hungry flyers something that is 100 percent certifiable Orange County – some real O.C. culture, if you please.
Supervisors, are you ready? Here comes my best pitch: Put Wahoo’s Fish Taco in your food lineup. You are spending $543 million to expand and make over your undersized and amenity-starved facility. So be bold when you taste-test the consortium of hospitality concessionaires who are vying to have their restaurants parked permanently at the soon-to-be Taj Mahal of air transportation.

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