One of the best reasons to travel is to experience another culture’s cuisine. And while the journey up in the air usually offers lackluster food (at best), upon landing, some lucky travelers don’t have to cover much ground before sampling local culinary delights. Here are 10 airport restaurants that will inject some major flavor into your next layover.
One Flew South at ATL
The flavors of the South meet Asian cuisine at ATL’s One Flew South. Located in Terminal 3, One Flew South is known for offering something for every kind of appetite—from Kobe beef burgers to sushi—and a creative cocktail list, to boot. Be sure to check this place out the next time you’re transiting through the world’s busiest airport.
Mustards Bar & Grill at SFO
The revamp of the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport impresses even the most discerning frequent flyer. What else pleases those who transit through SFO? Cindy Pawlcyn’s Mustards Bar & Grill. The SFO outpost allows those who can’t trek to Napa Valley a chance to sample her ‘fancy rib joint’ fare before catching their flights.
The Perfectionists’ Cafe at LHR
Enjoy a meal fit for a queen during your LHR layover at The Perfectionists’ Cafe. You can choose from classic British dishes like fish and chips with mushy peas and chicken tikka masala. The restaurant also serves breakfast for those departing earlier in the day. And there’s a nitro ice cream parlor, because, why not?
Saison at EWR
Looking for French cuisine this side of the Atlantic? Search no further than Alain Ducasse’s Newark-based restaurant, Saison. Travelers can indulge in fine French dishes like foie gras, escargot, coq au vin, and bone marrow. Plus, there’s an impressive wine list to pair with all of the above.
The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck at SIN
For casual dining at almost any hour, travelers flying to, through, or from Singapore Changi Airport can head to Wolfgang Puck’s The Kitchen. Choose from favorites like potstickers and hot and spicy soup. Or, for the early rising flyers, made-to-order eggs and other classic breakfast items are available, too.
Hung’s Delicacies at HKG
If you didn’t have a chance to visit the Michelin-starred location before it shuttered, be sure to get your Hung’s Delicacies lo mein fix as you pass through Hong Kong International Airport.
Airbräu at MUC
Not everyone favors a Michelin star when they’re looking for a bite to eat. Make that, not everyone is looking for a bite to eat. Enter: Airbräu—Munich International Airport’s on-site brewery and beer hall offering authentic Bavarian beers, including quintessential favorites as well as seasonal specials. And if you do happen to work up an appetite, they also serve traditional dishes like roast pork and dumplings, as well as other internationally-inspired meals, too.
Bowery Restaurant at AMS
Traveling via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol? Be sure to make your way to Bowery for an eclectic mix of Dutch, European, and Asian flavors. Located in the Hilton airport hotel, Bowery boasts three open kitchens and an interactive dining experience where you create your own dishes with locally-sourced ingredients.
Pro tip: For quick and easy navigation, use TripIt Pro’s interactive airport maps to access step-by-step directions from your gate to the restaurant.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese at SEA
World’s. Best. Mac and cheese. Five words to make any frequent flyer smile. But that’s not all you’ll experience at this Sea-Tac outpost. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese also serves cheese boards created with local Pacific Northwest cheeses, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. (But really, go for the mac & cheese. YOLO!)
The Salt Lick BBQ at AUS and DFW
Texans know BBQ—and that’s why it shouldn’t come as any surprise that both Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth airports afford travelers one last chance to dig in at their respective The Salt Lick BBQ locations. Choose from favorites like brisket, pork ribs, Texas-sized sandwiches, and more. Plus, for those traveling through AUS, you can order a glass of Salt Lick Cellars wine to wash it all down.
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