Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Main Lobby CenterOverview: Not only does this place have a great view but also the staff is super friendly and attentive. Their breakfast can’t be beat, even though you don’t think of a seafood place for breakfast (think salmon bagel and other local fare). Salmon and chips is a must, with the most reviews, but the mahi-mahi taco is a close second. Top it all off with a Bloody Mary.
What the flyers are saying: “Anthony’s wins for best local/regional tap selection I’ve ever seen in an airport.”
Best tip: Go to the bar and they’ll plug your laptop in on their side!
Miami International Airport, Gate D29Overview: Sushi here is always fresh and prices are comparable to outside locations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fried rice is extremely tasty and big enough for two.
What the flyers are saying: “This place made me a believer that it is possible to have fresh sushi at the airport.”
Best tip: Ask for a cup to pour your soy sauce and wasabi into -- the to-go trays are not very good for mixing the sauce.
Denver International Airport, Concourse CenterOverview: Don’t think you can find chicken marsala and marinated skirt steak with tomato, basil and balsamic glaze on an airport menu? Think again. With fast prompt service and over 40 options (you can go for a simple panini or burger) you might just plan your trips around flying out of this terminal.
What the flyers are saying: “I eat here several times monthly. Never had any menu item that wasn’t good.”
Best tip: Only place open that serves alcohol in the entire airport past 9:30 p.m. -- a key for those taking the red-eye.
Atlanta Airport, CenterpointOverview: As quick as fast food but the quality of a restaurant. Hidden and a little hard to find (tucked in the corner right next to the bookstore), this best-kept airport secret away from the noise is a superb place to get food and a smile from the staff.
What the flyers are saying: “A hidden gem.”
Best tip: Have to try the turkey/brie/ apple sandwich.
Indianapolis Airport, Gate A6Overview: Best sit-down restaurant in the Indianapolis airport. Tremendous praise for all the food here: prime rib sandwich, filet sliders and calamari, you can’t go wrong. With prompt and polite service, Harry & Izzy’s provides you with everything you need for an enjoyable dining experience that makes you feel like you’re not in an airport.
What the flyers are saying: “Outstanding prime rib sandwich.”
Best tip: Order the shrimp cocktail, but be careful, when they say it’s spicy they mean it!
Atlanta Airport, CenterpointOverview: “Not typical airport junk food. Delicious and health conscious!” From fresh squeezed OJ to generous portions of balsamic chicken, this place is worth a trip from other concourses. Tucked away in the quieter Concourse E, this is a great place to come for healthier options.
What the flyers are saying: “Best fresh squeezed OJ I have ever tasted.”
Best Tip: Crew gets a discount.
Memphis Airport, Gate B4Overview: Name says it all; this is where you come for a great sub. Only the freshest, best tasting ingredients go into the made-to-order sandwiches here and at a reasonable price. No wonder there is a usually a long line, but don’t let that discourage you as they know how to keep it moving.
What the flyers are saying: “A really good sub on great bread. The friendly staff keeps the order flowing, so don’t let the line out the door keep you from enjoying a treat.”
Best tip: Try the spicy relish!
Memphis Airport, Gate B4Overview: A great local fast-food seafood chain but don’t let that fool you; this place is top quality. A smart, friendly staff trained well to handle the long lines that accumulate here. Smoked salmon chowder, fish and chips, crab cakes, everything on the menu here receives high praises.
What the flyers are saying: “Never had anything here that I don’t love! Have to try the smoked salmon chowder.”
Best tip: Go for the grilled options to be healthier.
Reagan Washington, Gate 37Overview: Everyone has their favorite burger place, and this one steals the hearts of East Coasters. The Idaho potatoes can’t be beat (hint: get them Cajun style). Best part, they serve burgers for breakfast!
What the flyers are saying: “You simply cannot find a better burger or fries ... Look for high quality beef augmented by fresh vegetables (jalapenos)!”
Best tip: “Be sure to get a few extra napkins, especially if you plan on eating it on the plane.” Sounds like our kind of burger joint!
Chicago Midway Airport, Gate B1Overview: Don’t let the long line discourage you, this places moves fast thanks to great service -- and is well worth the 5-minute wait. You cannot go wrong with anything here; sandwiches, salads and soups are all worthy, with a special callout to The Wreck. You know you have a winner when you can spot flight crews dining.
What the flyers are saying: “Quite simply … the best food and value you will find at any airport.”
Best tip: If you call when you land, they will prepare your order ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line. Now that’s service!
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