I spend a lot of time in airports. Usually, there’s not enough time to do more than grab a sandwich at one of the carry-out kiosks, but sometimes a traveler just needs more sustenance. Frommer’s has come up with a list of the best airport restaurants. What do you think of their choices?
1. One Flew South: Atlanta (ATL)
This fine-dining restaurant in Terminal E specializes in classic Southern food with Pan-Asian twists.
2. Obrychki’s Crab House and Seafood Restaurant: Baltimore (BWI)
The venerable 60-year-old Baltimore crab house wisely opened up this new venture next to Gate B11.
3. Legal Sea Foods: Boston (BOS)
Head to Terminal C of Logan Airport for a guilt-free seafood feast. There’s also a Legal Sea Foods “express” with a smaller menu in Terminal A.
4. Tortas Frontera: Chicago (ORD)
Rick Bayless’s Terminal 1 outlet serves delectable beef, pork, chorizo, and vegetarian torta sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu.
5. Deep Blue Sushi: New York (JFK)
Deep Blue Sushi, in Terminal 5, was opened with the culinary muscle of Buddakan behind it.The menu boasts meat, fish and tempura in addition to sushi.
6. Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda: New York (LGA)
Located in Delta’s brand new food court, this understated burger joint serves up gourmet burgers for around $5.
7. Encounter at LAX: Los Angeles (LAX)
This space-themed restaurant is off in its own building, so definitely stop by before you check in. Encounter serves up American classics in space-age configurations.
8. Ike’s Food and Cocktails: Minneapolis (MSP)
This fine-dining steakhouse is located before security in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The menu is classic supper club meets drive-in: steaks, pot roast, burgers and super-thick milkshakes.
9. 42nd Street Oyster Bar: Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU):
This seafood haven in Terminal 2 serves up peel ‘n eat shrimp, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and — of course! — oysters.
10. Ivar’s: Seattle (SEA)
The venerable chowder palace serves up fish and chips, scallops and chips, clam and chips, and last but not least, chowder in the central terminal area after security.
(Photo courtesy of One Flew South)