Best airport food on the heels of holiday travel | Yelp


Flying the friendly skies during the upcoming holidays?

We’ve compiled a list of the best airport food around the country based on Yelp reviews. Whether you’re heading North or South, to spend time with loved ones or to take in a holiday vacation, we want to make your travels a little tastier while you’re on your way.

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Denver International Airport

Heading through Denver? Check out this beautifully-decorated restaurant that offers farm-to-table dishes that make airplane snacks look like child’s play.

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Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

A sushi bar in the middle of the airport? Sounds like your layover just got a bit more interesting. Beyond sushi rolls, you can enjoy an extensive menu that includes steak, ramen, and a cocktail list that will make your pre-boarding ritual a bit smoother.

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Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

This Southern eatery in Atlanta is led by Atlanta native, rapper, and actor, Ludacris. Serving a menu of comfort food including fried green tomatoes, salads, shrimp and grits, and, of course, chicken and waffles.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Dig into vegetarian delights with Flora while you’re at Seattle-Tacoma International. Enjoy fresh sandwiches, soups, and desserts without any of the guilt. Opt to take your meal to go or find a seat in Concourse A to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Chicago O-Hare International Airport

Breezing through the windy city? Don’t miss out on making a stop at Tortas Frontera. The brainchild of Chef Rick Bayless, this restaurant offers handmade tortas, guacamole, tequila flights, and cocktails to kick your travels into high gear.

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San Francisco International Airport

Once you’ve made it through TSA and found your bearings, don’t miss out on a fresh meal from Napa Farms Market. Whether indulging in their hearty pizzas, fresh sandwiches, rich soups, or something from their bagel bar, the opportunities are tasty and plentiful.

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Craving Cajun food? Look no further than Pappadeaux at Dallas Airport. Park your luggage and set your sights on Louisiana classics such as fried alligator, crawfish etouffee, gumbo, and more without missing your flight.

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Portland International Airport

Care for a slice? Design your own pizza pie or choose one of the classics on the menu at MOD in Portland. Offering over 30 toppings, salads, and a draft menu, you’ll be eating good and raising your glass to a smooth day of tasty travels.

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Toronto Pearson Airport

Take in one of Canada’s specialty treats, poutine, when you visit Toronto. Made with homemade gravy and cheese curds, Smoke’s puts a twist on their poutine by offering a DIY-style of ordering, allowing customers to choose their favorite toppings. Whether you opt for chicken, pork, beef, or a veggie topping, treat yourself to this savory Canadian treat while traveling.

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Portland International Airport

Care for a vegan-friendly experience during your travels? Pop into Flying Elephants at any time of day to cure your travel munchies. Scott P. on Yelp said, “Just had a fantastic Cubano sandwich, toasted perfectly. Hard to believe I had such good food at an airport. There is a good reason why PDX gets such high ratings from travelers.”

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Denver International Airport

An airport meal made from sustainable ingredients, no artificial flavors and colors, hydrogenated trans fats, hormones, or antibiotics? Yes, they exist and the menu options are plentiful at Modern Market. The next time you’re running through Denver International, be sure to grab-and-go with a meal you won’t forget.

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Take your pick of banh mi sandwiches and a host of other delicious Vietnamese menu options such as fresh spring rolls and noodle/rice bowls as you pass through Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Ryan B. on Yelp said, “definitely above the other airport food I’ve tried in the past.”

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Los Angeles International Airport

This California-based biz seeks to bring sunshine and freshness to each meal they serve up, in and out of the airport terminal. Build your own bowl or salad, add on yummy sides such as harissa cauliflower or honey roasted brussel sprouts, and pair your meal with their signature lemonade.

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Philadelphia International Airport

Craving pizza? Grab a slice at Aldo Lamberti Trattoria, an airport pizza counter with decades of culinary history under their belt. Choose from a variety of pizzas with delicious toppings, sandwiches, and sweet desserts. Sarabeth R. on Yelp said, “This is definitely the best part of the Philadelphia airport! The pizza is SO good; it’s my go-to place before I leave.”

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Enjoy brunch, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Chelsea’s Kitchen when you’re visiting Phoenix. A far cry from airport snacks such as pretzels and cookies, this restaurant offers high end items like whole grilled branzino, prime rib beef sandwich, and sushi grade ahi tuna to nosh on as you wait for your flight.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

How does green chile pork fries or a breakfast quesadilla sound during your time at the airport? Cowboy Ciao has you covered. From the pulled pork burger to the Stetson chopped salad, you won’t have to worry about being hungry on your flight if you make a quick visit over at Terminal 4.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Take a bite out of the delicious artisan breads, homemade soups, and salads served at this award-winning airport eatery. Jane M. on Yelp said, “Airport food always gets a bad rap. Not this time! Good prices, fresh produce, and friendly staff.”

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Denver International Airport

Just because you’re at the airport, doesn’t mean that you cannot sit down and have a fine dining experience. Led by Denver Broncos football legend John Elway, you can score a winning meal on your way to your departure gate. Indulge in prime rib, lamb chop fondue, or a Colorado Wagyu beef burger and await your travel journey in style.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Cheese-lover? Beecher’s in Seattle has got you covered. Established in 2002, the menu includes entree options that include, what else, their delicious handmade cheese. Offering numerous pasta dishes, soups, and sandwiches, this business has every type of cheese lover covered.

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Miami International Airport

Welcome to Dade County, care for some authentic Cuban food? Get your first taste of Miami before you even leave the terminal. Dig into roast pork sandwiches and tostones, and perk your day up with a creamy cortadito. Boon C. on Yelp said, “my favorite restaurant in the American Concord. If you have a layover in Miami International Airport, I would recommend you visit Gate D34 for this restaurant.”

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Orlando International Airport

When stopping through Orlando International Airport, allow Cask & Larder to treat you to some Southern favorites such as burnt ends meatloaf, fried chicken sandwiches, or brisket sandwiches. Joelle S. on Yelp said, “The restaurant is very open with lots of greenery – I love the tree and lights. The food is phenomenal, especially the meatloaf and BBQ platter.”

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Portland International Airport

No need to sit around and snack on chips and candy while at Portland International Airport, not when The Country Cat is open for your dining pleasure. Make your traveling belly happy by checking out their menu of fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as their tasty breakfast offerings.

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BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Sushi in the airport? Count us in. If you’re traveling through Baltimore, Gachi House of Sushi has what your cravings are calling for. Dig into the Maryland roll, which includes crab stick, avocado, cucumber, spicy tuna, and seaweed salad, as an ode to the state.

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Washington Dulles International Airport

A flatbread pizza is awaiting you at IAD. Choose from speciality house options like chicken, vegetarian, spicy, and other fan-favorites. Tashombe H. on Yelp said, “a combination of toppings, finishes, sauces, and crusts… served hot from a friendly face.”

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Asian comfort food with a Southern twist? That’s The Peached Tortilla. Banh mi tacos, lush pork belly bowls, and dan dan noodles are just some of the options that traveling Yelpers have come to enjoy. Amber G. on Yelp said, “BEST AIRPORT FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD! I’m a flight attendant and travel all week. I am so glad I finally tried The Peached Tortilla.”

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Airport Food in the United States according to Yelp. We identified businesses on Yelp with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “airport food,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “airport food.” This list looked at businesses in the United States.  All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of Nov 1 2023. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of Nov 1, 2023.

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