The Best In Airport Food: Fine Dining, Casual & Bars
“What’s the deal with airline food?” Sorry – that cliché no longer applies – as long as you decide to dine within the airport, rather than on the plane itself. As air travel becomes more and more popular for business and leisure travelers alike, the dining offering of major airports have evolved from fast food to some of the best food in town. Pre-flight fare has taken on a life of it’s own.
Check your bags, follow your stomach and keep an eye for the key words: “handcrafted,” “locally sourced,” “modern,” “craft.” It’s at these signposts that you’ll find a surplus of takes on all types of cuisine. Carnitas, cauliflower, clam chowder—it’s a veritable cornucopia. Airport food is now nearly as varied and eye-opening as travel itself.
Don’t settle for stale pizza or fast-food burgers – you can still enjoy some great fare while waiting for your flight or after landing, ranging from authentic Mexican to Kobe beef. Our infographic provides the full rundown.
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Arrive early and unwind with fine pints of local brew at The Bar in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Looking for a perfect dinner? Check out the Prime Rib from Atlanta Chop House & Brewery or a Kobe beef burger at One Flew South.
At Bojangles in the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the dual decadence of southern hospitality—sweet tea and fried chicken—awaits your likely already salivating maw. On the other end of the spectrum, Beaudevin offers assorted artisan cheeses paired with handpicked wines.
Bubbles Wine Bar at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago plies you with expertly sourced malbec while serenading you with 88 keys of live piano stylings—the ambiance idyllic, the setting romantic. Tortas Frontera warms you up with scratch tortilla soup, and Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi broadens your horizons with a bounty of sashimi and nigiri.
Satisfy your biggest burger cravings at Shake Shack in John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. A Shackburger and cheese fries should do nicely. Or let the pasta mavens at Aeronuova make you an offer of bucatini and clams. At Thirsty, charge your iPhone on one of their many outlets and knock back a few skillfully mixed Long Island Iced Teas.
Klein’s Deli in San Francisco International Airport carves up a smorgasbord of cured meats and bulging sammies. Complementing one with a house-mixed Bloody Mary rarely disappoints. In Phoenix, at Sky Harbor International Airport, it’s at Chelsea’s Kitchen where you can dispatch of delectable short rib tacos. And at the Los Angeles International Airport, a carafe of cava sangria at James’ Beach, or a fresh-off-the-boat lobster roll at Slapfish, will feed more than your wanderlust.
The experience doesn’t stop with the dining options available at the airport – to make every part of your journey enjoyable and pleasant, Embarque’s airport transfers services ensure you arrive safely, comfortably, and on-time for your flight or to your final destination.