Where to Eat at the Airport

Gone are the days of only having a choice of fast foods and highly over-priced snack foods at the airport. Today, most airports have a wide choice of places to eat where you can sit down and enjoy a multi-course meal with great wines, craft beers, and creative cocktails. From family-friendly pizzerias and casual burger bars to fine dining restaurants with award-winning cuisine, here are some of the top airport restaurants around the country that will make your journey that much better.

Berghoff Cafe

Located in Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport’s Terminal 1, Berghoff Cafe is a landmark restaurant that serves traditional German cuisine with classic dishes like bratwurst and schnitzel. Known for serving huge portions of steaming fare along with a selection of German beers, Berghoff Cafe boasts warm and welcoming décor with dark wood accents and beautiful Tiffany stained glass finishes. Signature dishes include hot carved sandwiches, Rueben’s, traditional sauerkraut, and pretzels, which are accompanied by classic beverages such as house-brewed beer from the Adams Street Brewery and Berghoff Root Beer, along with casual wines, and cocktails made with high-end spirits. Berghoff Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

ORD Terminal 1 Concourse C 10000 West, Chicago, IL 60666, Phone: 773-601-9180

Blue Smoke

Located in Terminal 4 in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Blue Smoke's restaurant offers travelers a taste of NYC barbecue. Named for the curl of smoke that rises from the barbecue pit, Blue Smoke serves original southern-style barbecue with a New York twist ranging from baby back ribs to pulled pork platters along with sides of Chipotle Chicken Wings, Five Pepper Brisket, and Buttermilk Biscuits. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world and craft and draft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Terminal Dr, Jamaica, NY 11430




La Carreta

Founded in Little Havana’s famous Calle Ocho in 1976, La Carreta is an authentic Cuban restaurant in Miami’s International Airport that serves traditional Cuban fare in a vibrant and colorful setting. Named for the strong open-air oxcart that is typically used for carrying sugar cane in the plantations of Cuba, La Carreta serves a menu of creative Cuban cuisine such as hearty Cuban sandwiches packed with roast pork, pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, and chorizo with sides of plantain chips. Strong Cuban coffee is served with sweet desserts, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Miami International Airport, Miami, FL 33126, Phone: 305-869-3003

Legal Test Kitchen

Located in Boston’s Logan International Airport, Legal Test Kitchen is one of a contemporary chain of restaurants that serves fresh seafood, prime steaks and chops, fresh salads, and handcrafted cocktails. Located beyond the security gates near the Delta Shuttle gates, Legal Test Kitchen serves a menu of signature seafood dishes such as Hoisin Roasted Salmon, Fish and Chips, New England Clam Chowder, New England Fried Clams, and Legal’s Signature Crab Cake Combo. Sip craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual globally-sourced wines, high-end spirits, and handcrafted cocktails, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, Phone: 617-568-1888

LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar

Located at the end of Concourse E in Terminal 1 in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar is a full-service restaurant and bar that serves contemporary cuisine in a casual and relaxed setting. The menu features fresh salads and homemade soups, hearty burgers, healthy wraps, and a variety of tacos, as well as sticky rice bowls, fresh seafood and fish dishes, country-style pork ribs, prime steaks, and duck breast. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world and craft and draft beers, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Terminal 1 Concourse E, St Paul, MN 55111, Phone: 612-877-6426

Mad Town Gastropub

Mad Town Gastropub is a casual restaurant in the Central Food Court of the Dane County Regional Airport that serves a menu of fresh, seasonal dishes created by James Beard award-winning local chef, Tory Miller. Serving breakfast through dinner and last departures, Mad Town Gastropub serves a menu of signature dishes like Pork Belly Sliders with piquant pickled veggies, Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches, Cheese Curds, and Tomato Ball Soup. The wide, full-service bar delivers a refined selection of local and international brews, fine wines, and handcrafted cocktails, as well as soft drinks and locally-roasted coffee.

Dane Country Regional Airport, 4000 International Ln, Madison, WI 53704, Phone: 608-243-9614

Manufactory Food Hall

Located in the San Francisco International Airport, the Manufactory Food Hall is a 3241-square-foot space that houses several eateries and restaurants, including to-go pastry counter Tartine, Chef Gabriela Cámara’s Tacos Cala, and Techamuanvivit’s Kamin. Tuck into freshly baked croissants and hot coffee at Tartine; enjoy breakfast tortas, tostadas, tacos, and fresh Mexican-inspired cuisine at Tacos Cala; and savor Michelin-starred Thai food such as khao soi northern-style chicken curry, fried chicken and fried tofu, noodle soups, and fresh salads at Kamin. The Manufactory Food Hall is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 1 Boarding Area A, San Francisco, CA 94128

Metro Pizza

Metro Pizza is an unpretentious airport eatery in the McCarran International Airport that serves traditional Neapolitan pizza in a casual, old-school setting. The family-friendly chain serves authentic Italian calzones and pizza with a variety of gourmet toppings, as well as appetizers, antipasto platters, fresh salads, and decadent desserts. Signature dishes on the menu include appetizers such as fried mozzarella, nuclear fries, and garlic bread, entrées of chicken herb calzone, a variety of pizzas, and fresh salads. Desserts include tiramisu, chocolate cake, carrot, old-fashioned malts and shakes, red velvet cheesecake, and beverages include casual wines from Italy, craft beers by the bottle, and soft drinks, along with freshly brewed coffee and specialty coffee drinks.

Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, Phone: 702-261-4380

Nonna Bartolotta’s

Tucked away on Concourse D in the Mitchell International Airport, Nonna Bartolotta’s is an Italian-American restaurant that prides itself on serving a menu of Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest, natural ingredients that have been sourced locally and are seasonally available. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Nonna Bartolotta’s serves a range of delicious antipasti, fresh salads, hearty pasta dishes such as gnocchi, macaroni, and rigatoni, and entrées of fresh seafood, meats and chicken, and mouthwatering desserts such as tiramisu and ice cream. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world, and craft and draft beers.

Concourse D, 5300 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207, Phone: 414-747-5300

Obrycki’s

Located in the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Obrycki’s is a casual restaurant and popular crab house that specializes in fresh seafood, particularly crab-based dishes such as fresh blue crabs, crab cakes, crab soup, and hot crab dip. Signature dishes include crab cakes made with jumbo lump and backfin crab meat, Deviled Crab Cakes, Fish and Chips, Shrimp 'n Grits with Andouille sausage, Quesadillas. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world and craft and draft beers, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Concourse B, 7050 Friendship Rd, Baltimore, MD 21240, Phone: 410-859-5723

One Flew South™

One Flew South™ is a fine dining restaurant in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that has been serving modern Asian cuisine, fresh sushi, and creative cocktails since 2009. A favorite stop with frequent fliers, the southern eatery serves globally-inspired fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients from regional farmers and an exceptional sushi menu of handmade Japanese sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. Other delights on the menu include poke tacos, collard green ramen, and pulled duck confit sandwiches. The excellent cuisine is accompanied by a range of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world, and craft and draft beers. One Flew South™ is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, Phone: 404-209-8209

Osteria Fusco

Set within Terminal B in LaGuardia Airport, Osteria Fusco is an elegant Italian restaurant helmed by highly regarded New York Chef Scott Conant that serves elevated Italian cuisine in a refined setting. Drawing inspiration from his Italian grandmother, Conant creates a menu of traditional Italian fare such as handmade pasta and sauces, hearty meat and fresh seafood dishes, wood-fired pizza, and garlic focaccia, and mouthwatering desserts like tiramisu. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of signature cocktails, fine wines from Italy and around the world and craft and draft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the Italian restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY 11371, Phone: 718-533-3400

Publican Tavern

Located in Terminal 3 on Concourse K in Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, the Publican Tavern offers travelers an approachable menu of seasonal, locally sourced cuisine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Set in an old-world influenced yet modern space, the restaurant serves a selection of contemporary dishes prepared using the highest quality, fresh locally sourced ingredients such as prime meats and seafood, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world, and craft and draft beers, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Terminal 3 O'Hare International Airport 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666, Phone: 773-377-7838

Shojo

An outpost of the popular Chinatown restaurant on Tyler Street in Boston, Shojo, can be found in Terminal C of Boston Logan International Airport and serves a seasonally-changing menu created by Chef Mike Stark that features contemporary Asian cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Diners can tuck into sublime tapas-style sharing plates of bulgogi beef bao, kimchi fried rice, miso-buttered ramen noodles with duck egg yolk, hamachi poke, duck fat fries, and chicken wings. Sip traditional hot and cold sake, fine global wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails made with high-end spirits in a refined and elegant setting. Shojo is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Boston Logan International Airport, Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, Phone: 800-235-6426

Skillet

Skillet is based in the North Satellite at SeaTac airport and serves delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes all day. The classic Seattle restaurant features neighborhood-diner inspired aesthetic with reclaimed wood and an open kitchen and serves breakfast dishes of burritos, fried chicken and waffles, and doughnut holes, along with ‘happy lunch’ dishes such as homemade soup, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and entrées of meatloaf, mac and cheese, blackened salmon, and tomato bisque. Skillet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-512-2001

Spring Chicken

Located in Concourse D in Terminal D22 at the Miami International Airport, Spring Chicken is a family-friendly chicken joint and counter-service eatery that serves a variety of mouthwatering chicken dishes, ranging from fried and grilled pieces to chicken salads and sandwiches. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the airport; Spring Chicken uses only the highest quality, fresh, locally sourced ingredients to prepare each dish, which is made from scratch and served fresh. Sides include minty watermelon, mac and cheese, and golden fries and a selection of craft beers, and soft drinks accompany the food.

Miami International Airport. Concourse, D, Terminal, Gate D22, Miami, FL 33126, Phone: 786-641-6146

The Peached Tortilla

Located at the East Food Court across Gates 7 and 8 in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Southern-Asian restaurant Peached Tortilla serves delicious morning dishes such as breakfast tacos with various fillings like eggs, brisket, crispy pork belly, and Japanese sweet potatoes, along with brisket hash and avocado toast. Lunch plates include different tacos, such as banh mi, hearty burgers, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, and Asian-inspired entrées, and a variety of beverages include craft and draft beers, casual wines, and soft drinks, along with coffee, iced tea. The Peached Tortilla is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719, Phone: 512-530-2242

The Prado at the Airport

The Prado at the Airport is a polished spin-off of the award-winning restaurant in Balboa Park that serves contemporary American cuisine and creative cocktails in a refined airside setting. The well-appointed restaurant serves sublime cuisine prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime meats, organic salads and vegetables, and delicious desserts. Signature dishes include Thai Style Skuna Bay Salmon, Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass, Mushroom Risotto, Grilled 16oz Bone-In Ribeye, Mustard Crusted Pork Chop, Thai Style Duck Breast, and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs. Craft and draft beers, casual wines from around the world, and a variety of cocktails prepared with high-end spirits accompany the cuisine. The Prado at the Airport is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Terminal 2 East, 3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Whitetail Bistro

White Tail Bistro at Terminal D in the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is a casual, yet elegant restaurant by Chef Kent Rathbun that serves French-Texan cuisine with a contemporary twist. Using the freshest and most local ingredients, Chef Rathbun offers diners an exceptional dining experience with innovative dishes such as sweet pepper lacquered crispy duck, open-faced grilled grass-fed tri-tip sandwich, and pan-fried bobwhite quail. A daily selection of macaroons is a must for dessert, and a selection of daily delicious breakfast dishes are served for early fliers. White Tail Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

2337 S International Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75261




Bud and Marilyn’s

The popular Philadelphia eatery, Bud & Marilyn’s, can be found in the MarketPlace on Concourse C at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and offers great food and drinks with genuine hospitality. The full-service restaurant features a cozy dining area with a large bar that serves a variety of beverages, including casual wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Signature dishes on the menu include shareable plates of warm biscuits with honey butter, Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Fried Chicken N’ Waffles, and Truffled Asparagus Grilled Cheese, along with fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, homemade soups, and gourmet burgers. Bud & Marilyn’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For MarketPlace PHL: Phone: 267-932-8760, ext. 312

Christopher's

Helmed by James Beard award-winning chef, Christopher Gross, Christopher’s is located toward the end of the South Concourse in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and offers a quiet, secluded spot to enjoy contemporary cuisine and fine wines. The full-service bar offers a range of beverages, including morning cocktails like Absolut Smoked Bloody Marys and mimosa, as well as craft beers and globally-inspired wines. Brunch dishes include smoked salmon bagels, eggs benedict, and scrambled eggs with truffle salt, while other signature dishes range from goat cheese salad, crispy petite ravioli, and roast chicken sandwich. Christopher’s is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034, Phone: 602-273-3300

Dook’s Place

Renowned for serving classic Louisiana dishes such as gumbo and étouffée, Dook’s Place is a family-friendly restaurant in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport that is run by the great-grandson of the legendary Chef Leah Chase, founder of New Orleans’ iconic restaurant Dooky Chase. Other dishes on the menu include fried prawns, bacon and crab salad, hearty burgers, and decadent Southern-style desserts such as peach cobbler, biscuits, and bread pudding. Craft and draft beers, casual wines from around the world, and a variety of cocktails prepared with high-end spirits accompany the cuisine, along with coffee and iced tea. Dook’s Place is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062, Phone: 504-305-5120

Good Stuff Eatery

Located in the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Spike Mendelsohn’s burger joint Good Stuff Eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering four breakfast sandwich options, including the Healthy Greek with egg whites, the Eggstroadinaire, Spike’s Sunnyside, and Sunny’s home-fry and onions. The restaurant also serves a range of gourmet burgers, hearty sandwiches, fresh salads, Southern-style cornbread, and a variety of sides such as golden fries, and morning beverages range from fresh juices, tea, and freshly brewed coffee. Good Stuff Eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminal B, Arlington, VA 22202

Harry & Izzy’s

Located in Indianapolis International Airport, Harry & Izzy’s is an upscale steakhouse that serves exceptional chophouse fare, fresh seafood, and elegant wines in a refined setting. A variant of the city’s iconic St. Elmo Steak House, which is renowned for its massive steaks and giant spicy shrimp cocktail, Harry & Izzy’s at the airport serves fresh seafood dishes, succulent steaks, hearty sandwiches, wood-fired pizza with gourmet toppings, and of course, the signature shrimp cocktail. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of handcrafted cocktails, fine wines from around the world and craft and draft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241, Phone: 317-241-0533

Ink Sack

Michael Voltaggio's popular sandwich joint, Ink Sack, can be found in the Los Angeles International Airport and serves artisanal versions of the popular eatery on Melrose’s sandwiches, wraps, and other fare. Inspired by the melting pot of cultures that inhabit Los Angeles, the eatery serves a selection of customized sandwiches ranging from spicy tuna, cold fried chicken, and Bahn mi, along with barbecued pork rinds and Maryland-crab chips. The menu also features fresh salads, a few sides, and homemade snacks such as chocolate chip and Oreo cookies, and beverages include craft beers, red and white wines, and soft drinks. Ink Sack is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

380 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045