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Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S.

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Whether you have a planned layover or you find yourself unexpectedly delayed, having a delicious meal in the airport can make the trip go more smoothly for the entire family. Here are some recommendations for the best airport restaurants across the country.

Atlanta, GA

Cafe Intermezzo

We have enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Cafe Intermezzo, a cozy restaurant in Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. They offer delicious breakfast items, sandwiches, and crepes, and they are particularly well-known in Atlanta for their desserts in case you would like to take a sweet treat with you for your flight.

One Flew South

One Flew South is known as the first upscale restaurant in the Atlanta airport, the world’s busiest airport. Located in terminal E, the restaurant offers global cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Some of the special offerings include premium ingredients, a full cocktail menu, and a sushi menu. If your kids are too young to appreciate this sit-down restaurant, you can also take away meals to eat on the plane.

Staying overnight? Consider Hilton Atlanta Airport.

Austin, TX

The Salt Lick

The Salt Lick is one of the well-known Austin BBQ restaurants, famous for its BBQ, ribs and brisket. With a location in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, all visitors can try this little “piece of Texas.” If you find yourself there at breakfast time, try the Baja Brisket Breakfast Tacos.

Staying overnight? Consider Hilton Austin Airport.

Boston, MA

Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods is an upscale seafood restaurant chain started in Boston and now found in other select East coast cities. Because of its Boston heritage, it’s a great choice if you are visiting or flying through Logan Airport.

There are two locations. One is in Terminal B after security; the other is in Terminal C and is before you have to go through security, which is good to know in case you need a place to eat while waiting at the airport. Of course you’ll want to order seafood, and the menu includes crab cakes, oysters and New England Clam Chowder.

Staying overnight? Consider Hilton Boston Logan Airport.

Denver, CO

Root Down

Root Down at the C Gate at Denver International Airport is one of our family’s favorite airport restaurants, and we even try to get to the airport early in order to have time to eat here. The award-winning restaurant offers a global menu including regional ingredients in a colorful, kid-friendly atmosphere. We’ve tried burgers, sandwiches and salads and we have even taken away their Travelers Bento Box which is a delicious hot meal of salmon or chicken with edamame and jasmine rice that you can take on the plane.

Staying overnight? Find Hilton hotels near Denver International Airport.

Best Airport Restaurants in the US - Root Down in Denver

The Travelers Bento Box from Root Down in Denver is a delicious and healthy option to take on the plane.

Charlotte, NC

Brookwood Farms Carolina Pit BBQ

Charlotte Douglas International is another airport we find ourselves flying through frequently. If you are there and in the mood for great Carolina BBQ, head to Brookwood Farms BBQ, which is located in the central food court area. The southern-style pit cooked BBQ and traditional southern sides such as greens, sweet potato fries, corn bread and hushpuppies are all authentic and delicious.

Staying overnight? Find Hilton hotels near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Best Airport Restaurants in the US - Brookwood Farms Carolina Pit BBQ

Brookwood Farms Carolina Pit BBQ is one of the best airport restaurants in the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA

Homeboy Cafe and Bakery

For tasty sandwiches, baked goods and breakfast foods that are 100% handmade, we stop at Homeboy Cafe and Bakery in Terminal 4 at Los Angeles International Airport. Besides getting a delicious meal that’s easy to take and eat on the plane, we also appreciate that the bakery is associated with Homeboy Industries, a non-profit organization that offers training for aspiring bakers looking to improve their lives.

Staying overnight? Consider Hilton Los Angeles Airport.

Philadelphia, PA

Le Bus Bakery

Le Bus Bakery is a local Philadelphia bakery and sandwich shop with a mouth-watering assortment of fresh baked breads, sandwiches, salads and desserts that are perfect for a snack in the airport or a light meal while flying. There are several locations at Philadelphia International Airport including one in Terminal C.

If you and your family are flying soon be sure to check out some of these spots which I think are the best airport restaurants, and please let me know if you have any favorite airport restaurants for me to try!

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