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The Top 10 Airport Restaurants In The U.S.

The Top 10 Airport Restaurants In The U.S.

Think you can’t get great food at an airport? Think again. There’s a new trend in airport dining that brings restaurant quality foods and celebrity chefs to the travel eating industry. With layovers and delays, the restaurant industry is realizing that an airport is a great place to set up shop. Passengers tired and frustrated will want a great place to eat. And for those on the go, chefs have taken their sit-down menus and simplified them so that you get your food quickly and efficiently without skimping on taste. Here are the top 10 airport restaurants across the country.

Silver Diner

Located in the food court of Baltimore/Washington Airport, this place is a retro throwback. Complete with mini-jukeboxes at every table, it feels like you’re in the 60s. It is a true diner with better food than you’d expect from an airport and friendly service. The prices are reasonable and there is a to-go kiosk if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal or want to take something with you on the plane.

Jimmy Neely’s Interstate Barbecue

Whether you’re just there on a layover or fresh off a stay in the city, this eatery at Memphis Airport will make you feel the comforts of the South. Great barbecue with an aroma that travels through the airport beckoning passengers to stop by. They give you plenty of sauce to go with your meal so you might want to grab a napkin. The sides are excellent. Their specialty dish is called barbecue spaghetti, which doesn’t sound like something you want to eat, but why not be adventurous? You are on vacation after all.

Chef Jimmy’s Bistro

In the concourse center of Denver International Airport, you will find this gem. With 40 menu options, you can find something to eat from simple to fine dining. You can find the kind of restaurant food you would never expect to see in an airport here. With fast service and open late, it is always a good place to stop on your travels.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

In gate E of the Houston Airport, you’ll find airport seafood you’ll actually want to try. Made from locally caught fish, the food is always fresh. Huge portions and a lunch buffet, you will have to stop yourself from eating. Try a little spice with their Cajun and Creole dishes. The place also offers options for gluten-free and healthy eating.


Lemonade is a popular restaurant with a few locations in Los Angeles that now serves the Los Angeles International Airport. The menu is seasonal with soups, salads, and sandwiches. It has a southern California flair to it. Try a variety of different lemonade flavors made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

One Flew South

If you like fusion food, go to terminal E of Atlanta International Airport. The food is a mix of southern and Asian dining. The place is known for its great cocktails. It occupies its own little oasis that will make you forget you’re in an airport. It is also one of the few spots in the Atlanta airport where you can get free WiFi as if good food wasn't enough of a reason to go there.

Urban Taco

A popular restaurant chain in Dallas, Urban Taco has branched out to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. It is located in the food court. The prices are a bit steep, but is a much better option than the surrounding fast food joints. Great Mexican food with meals for any time of day.

The Salt Lick

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers Texas barbecue at its best. The airport version of a world famous restaurant, this place lives up to its namesake with mouth-wateringly good food. Nearly 55 tons of brisket were sold there last year. It’s messy, good food with large portions. And if you stay for a sit-down meal, you might just be treated to live music.

Harry And Izzy’s

The American grill at Indianapolis International Airport has everything from steak to sandwiches to seafood. The shrimp cocktail is a major crowd pleaser if you like a little spice. It’s a great sit down place with fast, friendly service and excellent food.

Tortas Fronteras

From celebrity chef, Rick Bayless comes the only airport restaurant to inspire an outside the airport restaurant at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Tortas offers gourmet food served fast. The ingredients are all freshly grown; some of the herbs are even grown in the airport at the aeroponic garden! There is a guacamole bar. Farm-to-table Mexican food, there is a reason this place is number one for top airport eats.

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