We all know how difficult it is to eat well when you are traveling. Airports are especially known for having some pretty bad food options. However, recently many airports have been stepping up their culinary game, offering more than just chain restaurants and bland cafe sandwiches to the weary traveler. If you know where to go, you can actually find incredible food from award-winning chefs at some of the major airports. Here are our picks for the eight best airport restaurants to grab a bite at next time you are traveling:
1. Vino Volo: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Concourse B - Center Court, Austin, TX
Vino Volo is a sophisticated wine bar that can be found in multiple airports across the United States. However, the one in Austin is particularly lovely. The modern design, calming atmosphere, and knowledgeable staff, makes you feel like you are at a high-end downtown establishment and not in an airport terminal. Grab a glass or flight of wine and nibble on a cheese plate or other accompanying appetizers.
2. Piquillo: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 5, Brooklyn, NY
Opened by acclaimed chef Alex Raij, the owner of Txikito, Piquillo is a classic Spanish restaurant right in the heart of the JetBlue terminal. Their gourmet fare includes an impressive wine list and both tapas and traditional Spanish meals like paella and ceviche. Make sure to grab a glass of house made sangria to compliment your meal.
3. Cotto: LaGuardia Airport, Terminal C, Queens, New York
Opened by another legendary New York chef, Michael White, Cotto offers an elegant, modern take on classic Italian cuisine. Clean, chic, and quick, Cotto has everything from pizza to salads to small plates. The layout is impressive enough you can meet a client or host a pre-flight gathering with your employees, but the service is fast enough you can grab a bite and board your flight. Cotto also has an impressive curated wine list to help wash all your food down.
4. Root Down: Denver International Airport, Concourse C, Denver, CO
A downtown Denver favorite of the health conscious, Root Down offers traditional farm to table cuisine with all organic ingredients. Not only do they have great lunch and dinner, they also offer a delicious breakfast menu for the early fliers. Best part of the restaurant is everything is served up completely portably. So you can either stay and enjoy your meal or grab it to take on your flight.
5. Ink.sack: Los Angeles International Airport, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles, CA
A Los Angeles favorite, Michael Voltaggio’s next level sandwich shop is the perfect option for the busy traveler. The sandwiches come in a range of gourmet options that are sure to please any discerning palate. The best part is they have some really awesome sides to accompany their sandwiches.
6. Cafe Versailles: Miami International Airport, Terminal E, Miami, FL
Miami is famous for its Cuban cuisine, and Versailles is probably the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami. If you didn’t get a chance to venture out to try their fare, don’t worry. Their airport cafe has all the famous flavors right by your gate. Grab a classic cuban sandwich or a guava and cheese pastry with a delicious coffee and you’re sure to be satisfied.
7. One Flew South: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Concourse E, Atlanta, GA
A favorite of frequent fliers and soul food aficionados alike, One Flew South has all the Southern fare you could want. Offering a blend of international flavors with traditional Southern cooking, this farm to table restaurant will make you want to take an extended layover. Along with their impressive menu they also offer some truly unique craft cocktails.
8. Legal Test Kitchen: Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal A, Boston, MA
An offshoot of Boston’s most famous seafood restaurant, Legal Sea Foods, Legal Test Kitchen is a high-end concept restaurant that plays off local flavors. The menu is constantly changing, so you can try something new every time you are passing through Boston. They also offer breakfast for early risers to get a jump on their day.
The next time you are passing through, skip the chains and try one of these great restaurants. Remember the quicker you get through security, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your meal. So check out ECBC’s line of fast pass luggage that can get you through security fast so you can try all these great gourmet options.
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