Dining Survival Guide
best places to eat and drink in 20 airports around the country
from the folks at
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The 40-year-old Driftwood, Texas, institution has brought
its barbecue–most notably its supertender brisket–to Austin's
airport (West Terminal across from Gate 12).
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Yadkin Valley Wine Bar
This forward-thinking wine bar offers flights, glasses
and bottles from North Carolina's growing Yadkin Valley wine region,
including producers like Shelton and RagApple Lassie vineyards–and
they'll ship, too (in the connector hallway between Terminals D and E).
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
O'Hare's coolest quick dining option: This outpost of the
restaurant was opened by German brewer Herman Joseph Berghoff in the
1880s. Beyond Berghoff's beer on tap and root beer, there are
hand-carved roast beef, turkey and corned beef sandwiches and the house
the Reuben (Terminal 1, Gate C26).
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
As with the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport, your best
bets at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are barbecue and
local wines. Cousin's offers Texas standards like smoked brisket, ribs,
sausage and pinto beans (Terminal D, near Gate 28; Terminal B, Gate 27).
Denver International Airport
New Belgium Hub
The Denver airport has half a dozen taverns featuring the
state's microbrewed beers. This artsy bar and grill serves whole-wheat
pancakes for breakfast, but also chicken sandwiches and oversize salads
to pair with Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers from New
Belgium, a Fort Collins, Colorado brewery (Concourse B, Gate 80).
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Like Louisiana, its neighbor to the east, Houston has its
share of Cajun and Creole food. This regional chain serves gumbo,
jambalaya, shrimp Creole and dirty rice (Terminal E, Gate 3).
Atlanta International Airport
This sushi restaurant is Atlanta's first upscale airport restaurant,
complete with a menu created by chefs Todd Richards and Duane Nutter of
The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton in Kentucky (Terminal E, near Gate
F. Kennedy International Airport
JetBlue's Terminal 5 has nine full-service restaurants; the best is
Aeronuova, an Italian restaurant created by New York City star chef Mark
Ladner, with dishes like grilled Berkshire pork chops and warm radicchio
bruschetta (Terminal 5, post-security).
Post-security, LaGuardia's terminals offer very few food
options. The most diverse selection can be found pre-security in the
food court at the Central Terminal Building, where pizzas
with toppings like fig and prosciutto (Central Terminal Building).
Logan International Airport
Boston's Terminal B and New York's JFK airport with dishes like fish
tacos (Terminal B, American Airlines side, post-security).
Angeles International Airport
At the center of LAX is the 1961 Theme Building, a freestanding
structure designed to look like a flying saucer. It's home to this
space-age restaurant, known for 360-degree views, stylings stolen from
The Jetsons and California-style dishes like organic salads and mushroom
ravioli with grilled asparagus (Theme Building).
The airport outpost of Miami's well-known Cuban chain is open 24 hours,
serving favorites like pressed, portable French-bread sandwiches
including the Cubano, made with roast pork, Swiss cheese and pickles,
and the smaller medianoches ("midnight") made with ham, cheese
and pickles (Terminal D, post-security).
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
French Meadow Bakery & Café
The Minneapolis original bills itself as the longest
continuously running certified organic bakery in the country; the
airport outpost serves baked goods like warm apple crisp as well as
savory dishes such as pan-seared walleye with Minnesota wild rice (The
Mall across from Checkpoint 1).
Liberty International Airport
This growing chain of cushy airport wine
bars serves small plates of cheese, cured meats, olives, and dishes like
chilled paella and duck-confit-and-lentil salad. The food is available
to go, and you can also order wines you've tasted for home delivery
(Terminal C, Gate 73).
The Philadelphia airport recently overhauled its main food court, adding
an outlet of this lively South Philly crab house known for its chowder,
steak sandwiches and "crab fries," or French fries seasoned
with crab-boil seasoning and served with a creamy cheese dipping sauce
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Mother and daughter Carmen and Lorraine Othon's green-chile
tamales have been drawing crowds to their El Bravo restaurant in
Phoenix's Sunnyslope neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Now, Lorraine's
daughter, Monique, serves those same tamales–prepared earlier that
morning in the original location–at El Bravo's airport outpost
(Terminal 4, near Gate D).
Portland International Airport
Rogue Ale Public House
The funky Newport, Oregon, brewery Rogue produces some of
the best craft beers in the country; it also has five Rogue Ale Public
Houses–the one in the airport has eight Rogue ales on tap and
gastropub dishes like Kobe beef burgers topped with local Rogue Creamery
cheddar (Concourse D, post-security).
Francisco International Airport
The famed San Francisco brewery's airport outpost serves the full range
of its craft beers, including its Anchor Steam Beer, made using a unique
brewing process that gives it the fruitiness of an ale and the rounded
maltiness of a lager (Terminal 3, Gate 70).
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
This regional restaurant chain in the Pacific Northwest
is known for fresh local seafood and stunning views. The Sea-Tac
location is no exception, with dishes like Puget Sound oysters and the
Olympic mountain range as a backdrop (Central Terminal).
Washington Dulles International Airport
Both Terminals A and B have branches of this Washington,
DC-based chain, which makes skinny, flavorful burgers and hand-cut fries
to order and offers free peanuts (Terminal A, Gate 3; Terminal B, Gate