Traveling makes you hungry. Whether you're flying across the country or across the globe, you're going to crave a meal , or at least a snack, dessert, and definitely a tasty drink. But where can you find good food when you're en route? It can be tough to know where to grab a bite when you're on-the-go. That's why we're helping you decide where to nibble, nosh, and imbibe at airports from America to Australia, England to Spain, and many more locales around the world.
The Daily Meal's list of the 35 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World was carefully curated through an extensive nomination process. (This article updates last year's 31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World, with some new restaurants on the list, including Seafood Bar -- Caviar House & Prunier at Sydney Airport and Uptown Brasserie at New York City's JFK.)
Click Here to see The Complete List of Best Airport Restaurants Around the World You don’t have to be in Mexico to get great south-of-the-border food. With three locations throughout O'Hare, in Terminal 1 at gate B11, Terminal 3 at gate K4, and Terminal 5 at gate M12, Tortas Frontera, created by chef Rick Bayless, features a guacamole bar with chips and salsa, as well as toppings like pepitas, bacon, and sun-dried tomatoes; a yogurt bar with Greek yogurt and toppings like honey and granola; and tortas (Mexican grilled sandwiches) including the Cubana with pork, bacon, black beans, Chihuahua cheese, and avocado. Tortas Frontera serves breakfast, too, offering such dishes as an egg and chorizo torta or molletes (open-faced sandwiches), including the caramelized plantain mollete, which has peanut butter, caramel, and pecans. And don’t forget the drinks! Tortas Frontera serves up refreshments like strawberry and mango smoothies, as well as cocktails such as Bloody Marys, margaritas, and Goose Island beer. Photo Credit: © Flickr /Edsel L
A double-winner at the third annual Airport Food and Beverage Awards, Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport was named Best Airport "Food to Go" and Best Airport Food and Beverage Reflecting Sense of Place. Modeled after San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building Marketplace, Napa Farms Market has a variety of food offerings like Acme Bread, Equator Coffee, Cow Girl Creamery, Vino Volo, Kara’s Cupcakes, and Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie. "At Napa Farms Market, airport travelers discover that delicious healthy meals can be served anywhere," says Michael Levine, CEO of Tastes on the Fly, which runs the restaurant. "Our cornucopia of California foods and beverages sends travelers on a local food adventure, letting them experience the best of Northern California's culinary culture. They can literally create their own picnic to go before getting on a plane." Photo Credit: © Flickr /afagen
Click Here to see The Complete List of Best Airport Restaurants Around the World Barbecue is a staple in the state of Texas, and Salt Lick BBQ at gate 12 in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport provides an authentic Texas barbecue experience for incoming travelers who can’t wait, outgoing travelers who still crave it, and through-traffic travelers who have no time to leave the airport. The Salt Lick started 46 years ago on a ranch in Driftwood, Texas, which was run by Thurman and Hisako Roberts, as well as their son Scott, who now runs the business. Thurman Roberts dreamed of living and working on the same property that he grew up on, so he built a barbecue pit on his favorite spot of the ranch and began a barbecue business — the Salt Lick still uses that pit to this day. The Salt Lick is noteworthy for its signature beef brisket and pork ribs, but save room for desserts like a slice of peach cobbler, pecan pie, or blackberry cobbler. Photo Credit: The Salt Lick
After a much-anticipated Ricardo Bofill-designed completion of Terminal 1 in 2009, in-transit diners with extra time have been stopping at Porta Gaig for chef Carles Gaig’s traditional Catalan fare. Gaig, the Michelin-starred chef behind Barcelona’s Restaurant Gaig who also prepares the tasting menu aboard the Barcelona Gourmet Bus, has created a menu that includes roast chicken, cod, lamb, veal, steak, and chicken croquettes. Photo Credit: www.parlafood.com
Click Here to see The Complete List of Best Airport Restaurants Around the World Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro in Terminal 2 at Copenhagen Airport features French bistro food that’s "a simpler version of its 'older brother' Le Sommelier in downtown Copenhagen." The bistro, which was named Best Airport Chef-Led Dining at the third annual Airport Food and Beverage Awards,features a menu designed by French gourmet chef Francis Cardenau. On the menu? "Light French dishes" like croissants, charcuterie plates, shellfish, oysters, and rotisserie chicken. Photo Credit: Le Sommelier Bar and Bistro
Globe-trotting gourmands that we are, The Daily Meal staff packed its bags, hit the road, canvassed concourses around the world, and compiled a preliminary list of more than 100 restaurants. We also consulted food and travel experts, and added their recommendations to those of The Daily Meal's editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world.
Restaurants were judged in two categories: cuisine and style/décor/service. From innovative menu options to plating and presentation to freshness, quality, and taste, The Daily Meal evaluated each restaurant's cuisine and only included the restaurants that were deemed to be extraordinary. For the second category the focus was set on the whole dining experience, from the restaurant's interior and dining room ambiance to the service. Based on the combined results from the evaluation made in each category, the restaurants were finally ranked.
"Great dining experiences feed the body and nourish the soul," says Michael Levine, CEO of Tastes on the Fly, the company that runs Napa Farms Market at San Francisco International Airport, which made the list. Eating well when you're traveling can help you maintain energy for your trip, and avoid unnecessary snacking during the actual flight.
From sandwiches and salads at Heathrow's Giraffe to hot dogs, burgers, fries, and floats at Shake Shack in New York City, eating at an airport can be downright yummy. Have a little more time? Enjoy a sit-down dinner at an airport eatery like Le Sommelier Bar & Bistroin Copenhagen, where you can sample classic French dishes like steak frites alongside seafood sandwiches and rotisserie chicken.
No matter where you're jetting off to, there are choices for every flyer, from those on the run who need a quick bite to those with long layovers who have the time to indulge in a great meal. So pack your bags and don't forget your appetite!
-Kristen Castillo, The Daily Meal
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