To many, airports are seen as a large structure where travelers can catch a flight to anywhere in the world. However, some might be surprised to learn that airports also serve as a popular shopping and dining destination. In fact, many airports today feature unique eateries that range in their cuisines providing travelers with a nice place to enjoy a meal at without ever having to leave the airport. Below are some of the best airport restaurants in the United States you can dine at while on the go.
1.Good Stuff Eatery
© Good Stuff Eatery
Located in Reagan National Airport, Good Stuff Eatery can be easily found in the airport thanks to its bright red neon sign beckoning you to stop by. The eatery is open for breakfast until 10 a.m. as well as for lunch and dinner. Some items you’ll find on the menu include chopped salad, hamburgers, and yogurt parfaits. There are also a handful of sides, such as herbed fries, you can order to go along with your meal. To top it off, customers can order one of Good Stuff Eatery’s handspun milkshakes which include flavors like mini moo, toasted marshmallow, and lemon meringue.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminal B, Arlington, Virginia 22202, Phone: 202-543-8222
2.Harry & Izzy’s
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Harry & Izzy’s is a hidden gem inside the Indianapolis International Airport. The restaurant was founded in the late 1950s and is named after longtime friends and restaurateurs Harry Roth and Izzy Rosen. It has a large menu for diners to order off of which includes many appetizers, salads, and entrees. Some specialty dishes to try while here are the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, Izzy Style New York Strip, and the St. Elmo Prime Rib Sandwich. Customers will also find numerous pizzas, sandwiches, and sliders available. Besides lunch and dinner, Harry & Izzy’s serves breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46241, Phone: 317-241-0533
© La Carreta
La Carreta, which means “The Oxcart” in Spanish, has many locations throughout Florida including one in Concourse D-37 at Miami International Airport. This dining space works as both a restaurant and cafe and is open each day of the week from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. La Carreta serves Cuban dishes and offers a large selection of items for customers to choose from. Some meals you’ll find on the menu include yuca fries, plantain chips, Cuban sandwiches, various flavors of flan, fish soup, and chickpea stew. It also serves genuine Cuban espresso, a sweet coffee drink known for its strong caffeine.
Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida 33126, Phone: 305-869-3003
Shojo serves modern Asian cuisine and features a few locations around Boston, including at the city’s Logan Airport. This trendy restaurant serves a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner that mix traditional Asian ingredients with Western food. Some items you’ll find on the menu include kimchi fried rice, jasmine rice, Korean steak tartar, and sesame charred greens. Diners will also find a vast drink menu where they can order imported alcoholic beverages, many of which are from Japan. There are also plenty of cocktails and sakes to try. Shojo has different opening/closing times throughout the week and is closed on Sunday.
300 Terminal C Road, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128, Phone: 617-418-9151
5.The Peached Tortilla
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The Peached Tortilla can be found at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and is the eatery’s second location in the city. This restaurant creates various Asian comfort food meals for lunch and dinner. However, for lunch, customers will find that the menu focuses on simple street food, such as pad Thai. There are also some sides available for lunch, such as seasoned brussel sprouts and chips with salsa. For dinner, selections include Bahn Mi and Korean steak which are served with fluffy jasmine rice. The airport location also serves breakfast tacos and fancy toast creations for hungry travelers from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
3600 Presidential Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78719, Phone: 512-330-4439
© Spring Chicken
Spring Chicken is hidden away inside Miami’s International Airport near Concourse D. Spring Chicken prides itself in making homemade meals with secret family recipes. The menu mainly consists of different chicken options, such as wings and sandwiches. However, there are a few non-poultry options as well, like salads. Diners can choose how they’d like their chicken to be made (crispy or grilled) and pick from one of the many sides available to accompany their meal. These include minty watermelon, fries, macaroni and cheese, and biscuits. Spring Chicken also sells an assortment of desserts from nearby bakeries, including Florida’s beloved key lime pie.
Miami International Airport. Concourse, D, Terminal, Gate D22, Miami, Florida 33126, Phone: 786-641-6146
© Berghoff Cafe
This family-owned restaurant was first opened in the late 1800s by Herman Berghoff, a German immigrant. The restaurant later opened the Berghoff Cafe. The cafe is situated in Chicago and offers a vast selection of German favorites, such as wiener schnitzel, German potato salad, and sauerbraten. You can also try its homemade apple strudel which features a delicious mixture of Granny Smith apples, spices, and caramel sauce. The Berghoff Cafe has a bar where visitors can purchase draft beer. This German eatery is located in Terminal 1 of the Chicago O’Hare Airport and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
ORD Terminal 1 Concourse C 10000 West, Chicago, Illinois 60666, Phone: 773-601-9180
© Blue Smoke
Blue Smoke serves New York-style barbecue and offers a handful of locations throughout the city, such as at Battery Park City and Citi Field. There’s also one at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4. This airport restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves dishes such as egg sandwiches, crispy chicken tenders, smoked chicken wings, and baby back ribs. Patrons can choose from a handful of homemade sides, like coleslaw, french fries, sweet fennel sausage, and sweet potato mash. You’ll also find an impressive selection of cocktails on the menu, like Dark & Stormy and The Porch Swing.
Terminal Dr, Jamaica, New York 11430, Phone: 718-244-4444
9.Bud and Marilyn's
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Bud and Marilyn’s recently opened in the Philadelphia International Airport. This cozy restaurant is located in the airport’s Concourse C and operates as a full-service restaurant and bar. The menu is designed to feature many favorite homemade dishes, like chicken noodle soup, biscuits, and grilled cheese, but with more flair and unique flavorings. This restaurant also has many gluten-free and vegetarian options. The bar offers a large selection of wines and beers to choose from, as well as a few interesting cocktails, such as Cannery Row and NY Style O-F. Bud and Marilyn’s is open from 5:15 a.m. to 10:20 p.m.
8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153, Phone: 215-546-2220
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Created by Christopher Gross, Christopher’s is located in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport near its South Concourse. Relatively new, the restaurant serves a large brunch menu that features scrumptious selections like smoked salmon bagels, brioche benedict, roast chicken sandwiches, and goat cheese salad. Christopher’s also has a few alcoholic beverages available for purchase and is best known for its mimosas. The restaurant features a trendy interior design with ambient lighting and has plenty of seating. Thanks to its somewhat secluded location, it’s also pretty quiet, making it ideal for those who want a tranquil place to grab a bite to eat at.
3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85034, Phone: 602-273-3300
Ink Sack is designed to celebrate the diverse culinary world that Los Angeles offers. The restaurant is located in Los Angeles International Airport’s newly-built Tom Bradley Terminal. Some items you’ll find on Ink Sack’s menu include handcrafted gourmet sandwiches and salads with freshly-made dressing, such as ranch and caesar. Some items can be substituted with tofu or other vegan alternatives. You can also request hand-cut fries, quinoa salad, cookies, beer, wine, and tea to accompany your meal. Customers can order at the counter and then grab their meal and sit at one of the handful of seating arrangements located nearby.
380 World Way, Los Angeles, California 90045, Phone: 310-307-7532
12.Legal Test Kitchen
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Legal Test Kitchen resides in Boston’s Logan International Airport near Terminal B. Serving contemporary cuisine, this restaurant offers plenty of meals for you to choose from, like New England clam chowder, roasted salmon, hamburgers, and lobster rolls. There are also many appetizers and sides you can add to your order. In addition to this, Legal Test Kitchen has a few dessert options which include ice cream and key lime pie. This eatery also serves breakfast and has a special kids menu available. The restaurant is open each day of the week although opening and closing times will vary depending on the day you visit.
1 Harborside Drive, Boston, Massachusetts 02128, Phone: 617-568-2811
LoLo (which stands for Locally Owned Locally Operated) features a small eatery in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. It offers breakfast from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch/dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Known for its American cuisine, LoLo features many creative dishes and sides for customers to try, such as lemon-ricotta pancakes, gorgonzola salad, salted rosemary fries, and bread pudding. LoLo also serves coffee from BiPlane Brew and a selection of craft beers and cocktails. The restaurant is located in the airport’s Terminal 1 and offers both take-out and a dining area.
Terminal 1 Concourse E, St. Paul, Minnesota 55111, Phone: 612-877-6426
14.Mad Town Gastropub
Mad Town Gastropub is located in Madison, Wisconsin at the Dane County Regional Airport. The eatery features freshly-made seasonal food that is prepared by chef Tory Miller. The menu is made up of many different sections to help you find exactly what you’re looking for quickly. Some dishes you’ll find on the menu include roasted beet salad, a cheese curd burger, and apple cider pork chops. There are also a few sweet treats to choose from as well, such as chocolate cake and cherry hand pie. Guests can dine inside the restaurant at one of its many booths and tables.
Dane County Regional Airport, 4000 International Lane, Madison, Wisconsin 53704, Phone: 608-243-9614
15.Manufactory Food Hall
This massive food hall is packed with a variety of different meals for patrons to try. The Manufactory Food Hall features handmade goods, such as pastries and bread, and a large selection of different cuisines, like Mexican, American, and Thai. This food hall also sells numerous coffee beverages that are made with locally-roasted beans. While here, visitors can buy a full meal and dine inside or grab a quick snack to go. The Manufactory Food Hall is open each day of the week from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. and located near Boarding Area A in the SFO International Airport.
San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 1 Boarding Area A, San Francisco, California 94128, Phone: 650-821-8211
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© Metro Pizza
Metro Pizza was created to help celebrate America’s traditional pizzerias. This pizzeria serves many traditional (and unique) pizza combinations that are made with homemade tomato sauce, cheese, vegetables, meat, and herbs. A few options you’ll find on the menu include fried mozzarella, Tuscan salad, Honolulu pizza, Margherita pizza, and stromboli. While waiting, customers can watch their pizza being made in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven. Metro Pizza additionally serves many classic Italian desserts, like tiramisu and cannolis. Patrons can also order a handspun milkshake that is topped with fresh whipped cream. This eatery can be found in the McCarran International Airport.
Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119, Phone: 702-261-4380
Nonna Bartolotta’s is situated inside Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. This eatery serves classic Italian dishes, including a few that are special to the Bartolotta family. Diners will find plenty of options on the menu, such as fresh pasta, homemade pizza, thick sandwiches, salads, and numerous types of soups. To end your meal, you could also try some of Nonna Bartolotta’s gelato which is made in a variety of different flavors daily, like vanilla and chocolate. Patrons can sit inside the eatery at one of the many tables or visit the nearby Nonna Bartolotta’s To-Go counter to order a simple take-out meal.
5300 S Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207, Phone: 414-258-7885
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Located in Concourse B in the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Obrycki’s operates as both a restaurant and bar. This restaurant was founded in 1944 and serves many of Maryland’s favorites dishes, including crab cakes. Besides this, there are also salads, soups, and sandwiches. In addition to dinner, Obrycki’s serves breakfast until 11 a.m. each day and includes a few creative items, such as crab omelets and crab cake benedict. Obrycki’s bar features a vast amount of wine and beer, as well as plenty of cocktail combinations, including its famous Crabby Mary which features vodka, seafood seasoning, and a fresh crab claw.
Concourse B, 7050 Friendship Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21240, Phone: 410-859-5723
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Osteria Fusco, a restaurant founded by renowned celebrity chef Scott Conant, can be found in LaGuardia Airport and serves Italian cuisine. The menu offers a few selections diners can choose from which include antipasti, pasta, sandwiches, and entrees. For dessert, there are some gelato and biscotti options to choose from. This restaurant also serves breakfast until 11:30 a.m. A few of its early morning offerings are smoked salmon bagels, fresh fruit, and granola. Osteria Fusco allows diners to order their meal via the app AtYourGate which will deliver your order to you wherever you are in the airport.
Terminal B, Gates 40 - 59, Gates B, LaGuardia Road, East Elmhurst, New York 11371, Phone: 718-533-3400
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Situated inside O’Hare International Airport, Publican Tavern is designed to cater to visitors who want a leisurely yet hearty meal. The tavern features old-world decor, but its menu is filled with modern dishes, many of which feature seasonal items. A few options customers can order include hot smoked salmon, avocado salad, fish sandwiches, and chicken with fries. Diners will find information about the dishes on the menu, such as where the ingredients are bought from. Publican Tavern also serves craft beer and wine. This restaurant is open each day of the week from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Terminal 3 O'Hare International Airport 10000 W O'Hare Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60666, Phone: 773-377-7838
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© Skillet SeaTac
Skillet SeaTac is best known for serving creative Seattle street food that is made with local and fresh ingredients. Some items you’ll find on its menu include hamburgers, fried chicken, cobb salad, and meatloaf. There are also a few vegetarian options as well. In addition to this, diners can order different types of cocktails here, like a bloody mary. This eatery also provides breakfast and visitors can choose from a handful of tasty things to start their day with, such as breakfast burritos and doughnut holes. Skillet SeaTac is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
17801 International Boulevard, Seattle, Washington 98158, Phone: 206-512-2005
The Prado is a favorite dining location for many in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Thanks to its popularity, it has grown to have yet another eatery, this time in the city’s busy San Diego International Airport. The Prado at the Airport serves breakfast (until 10:30 a.m.), lunch, and dinner for busy travelers. A few selections on its menu include brioche French toast, shrimp skewers, black bean soup, chicken sandwiches, and grilled fish tacos. There are also a few vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. The Prado offers an extensive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails for you to consume.
Terminal 2 East, 3225 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101, Phone: 619-557-9441
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© Whitetail Bistro
This modern bistro serves many of Texas’ favorite dishes, but with a slight French twist. Whitetail Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers diners plenty of snacks and meals to choose from, like breakfast tacos, blue cheese potato chips, Texas catfish, and smoked tomato soup. Diners will also find that the meals are made with all-natural and humane ingredients, such as cage-free eggs and hormone-free beef. In addition to this, Whitetail Bistro has a vast selection of drinks, including a few of their famous mixtures, like Seasonal Smash, Gin Gin Mule, and Ginger-Basil Gimlet. The bistro can be found in Terminal D at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
2337 S International Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75261, Phone: 972-973-3112
23 Best Airport Restaurants in the United States
- Good Stuff Eatery, Photo: Good Stuff Eatery
- Harry & Izzy’s, Photo: Harry & Izzy’s
- La Carreta, Photo: La Carreta
- Shojo, Photo: Shojo
- The Peached Tortilla, Photo: The Peached Tortilla
- Spring Chicken, Photo: Spring Chicken
- Berghoff Cafe, Photo: Berghoff Cafe
- Blue Smoke, Photo: Blue Smoke
- Bud and Marilyn's, Photo: Bud and Marilyn’s
- Christopher's, Photo: vasanty/stock.adobe.com
- Ink Sack, Photo: vectorfusionart/stock.adobe.com
- Legal Test Kitchen, Photo: Legal Test Kitchen
- LoLo, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Mad Town Gastropub, Photo: cherryandbees/stock.adobe.com
- Manufactory Food Hall, Photo: YesPhotographers/stock.adobe.com
- Metro Pizza, Photo: Metro Pizza
- Nonna Bartolotta's, Photo: tonktiti/stock.adobe.com
- Obrycki’s, Photo: grinchh/stock.adobe.com
- Osteria Fusco, Photo: BillionPhotos.com/stock.adobe.com
- Publican Tavern, Photo: Eugeniusz Dudzinski/stock.adobe.com
- Skillet SeaTac, Photo: Skillet SeaTac
- The Prado, Photo: fotofabrika/stock.adobe.com
- Whitetail Bistro, Photo: Whitetail Bistro
- Cover Photo: Oleg Samoylov/stock.adobe.com