GateGuru's Top 25 Airport Restaurants

Filed Under: Airports, Restaurants

Stuck with a long layover and can’t stomach another terrible airport meal?

GateGuru has provided us their comprehensive list of airport restaurant rankings, based on approximately 35,000 reviews from travelers.

From the casual food court spot to sit-down dining in the terminal, here are GateGuru’s top 25 airport restaurants.

Jimmy Neely’s Interstate Barbecue
Memphis Airport, Gate B14
Overview: “I wasn’t planning on eating in the airport but the smell of this place was killing me.” Quick service, good prices and great old-fashioned Memphis BBQ. Extremely generous with the sauce, this is Southern hospitality at its best.

What the flyers are saying:
BBQ spaghetti. Sounds a little strange, but it’s a specialty of this place and you have to try it.

Best tip: Don’t neglect the sides! Potato salad and cole slaw are a must.
UFood Grill
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Gate B8
Overview: Tofu, bison burger, unfries (baked fries), steamed brocolli, egg white breakfast burrito, acai smoothie. Not exactly what you expect to see at an airport restaurant but it all tastes good here! Allergies? Not a problem as everything is clearly marked with ingredients.

What the flyers are saying: “Safe, tasty and healthy food options for everyone.”

Best tip: Calories are listed so you can be sure you are making the best selection for yourself.
Shapiro’s Delicatessen
Indianapolis Airport, Gate B14
Overview: Although tinier than its downtown location, this place still packs all the great tastes into the sandwiches. As one New Yorker said, he was extremely reluctant to try the Reuben but glad he did, as he would “recommend it absolutely.”

What the flyers are saying: “The best Jewish deli in the Midwest.”

Best tip: Must get it on rye, “seeing them hand-slice fresh rye bread just made me smile.”
Silver Diner
Baltimore/Washington Airport, Food Court
Overview: A true diner, something for everyone. Located right at the top of the gates, a very good typical diner with better quality than you’d expect. Excellent service, fair prices and a ’60s throwback feel with mini jukeboxes at each table, this place is well worth the visit.

What the flyers are saying: “Best milkshakes!”

Best tip:
Don’t have time to sit? Try the to-go kiosk.
Urban Taco
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Gate C22
Overview: Breakfast lunch or dinner, this spot has something for every meal of the day. Don’t let the food-court location fool you, skip the fast-food locations for this “tasty beyond tasty” Mexican food. Signature rice bowls, tacos or 7-layer salad for a healthy option, you will leave here happy.

What the flyers are saying: “A little pricey but well worth it.”

Best tip: Don’t try to eat this on your lap while at your gate, but you can bring it on the plane with you!
Atlanta Airport, Gate A10
Overview: Limited menu but still the best chicken in the world. Even with long lines and weary travelers, this place gets it done. No lemonade but can’t pass up the sweet tea. Looking for a healthier option? Go with the chargrilled chicken garden salad.

What the flyers are saying: “Any layover in ATL must include a pilgrimage to the almighty delicious Chick-fil-A.”

Best tip:
“Always ask for extra pickles.”
The Salt Lick
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Food Court
Overview: Looking for some genuine Texas food at the airport? Look no further. Great brisket, turkey, sausage and a stuffed potato the “size of your head.” Beware, you will be offered money for a bite if you take this on the plane with you.

What the flyers are saying:
“The restaurant is world-famous for its BBQ and the little shack at the airport lives up to its name.”

Best tip:
Get a plate order instead of a sandwich -- much easier to eat.
Café Intermezzo
Atlanta Airport, Centerpoint
Overview: An oasis in the midst of fast-food junk in the world’s busiest airport. Soup, salad, sandwiches, pasta, sandwiches and treats, the atmosphere here really makes you feel like you are sitting in a café. With 2 pages of tea options and lobster ravioli, you wouldn’t believe it until you experience it for yourself. Don’t have time to sit? Take it to go.

What the flyers are saying:
“So relaxing I almost missed my flight!” Enjoy, but don’t let this happen to you!

Best tip: Try the black bean burger.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Gate E4
Overview: Come with a big appetite cause the portions here aren’t small. If you’re looking for Cajun and Creole, this is your place. Not a fan of spicy, they have something for everyone; if you want healthy get your dish grilled with veggies, very gluten-free friendly. Lastly, you can’t beat the lunch buffet, great prices and solves the problem of having too many good things to choose from.

What the flyers are saying: “Hands down the best airport dining deal anywhere.”

Best tip: “Awesome alligator.” ’Nuf said!
Nonna Bartolotta
General Mitchell Airport, Gate D38
Overview: Keeping true to the Bartalotta’s chain of restaurants, you will only find excellent food and service at this airport location. Whether sitting at the bar (Spotted Cow on tap) or in the “patio” area across from the main restaurant, you won’t be disappointed with pasta or pizza here.

What the flyers are saying:
“Salmon pizza for breakfast!”

Best tip:
Save room for the gelato!
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