With the upcoming holiday season, you might be spending more time in airports than you really want. While bad food and airports tend to go hand in hand, there are a few exceptions across the country. From celebrity chef offerings to farm fresh staples, these airport restaurants in the U.S. serve up surprisingly delicious cuisine. Grab a seat, make room in your stomach and actually enjoy some time in between your flight at these airport restaurants.
Settled into SFO’s Terminal 2, you will find Napa Farms Market. Co-owned by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, Napa Farms Market lends travelers an artisan marketplace and café right in the middle of the airport. Celebrating Northern California agriculture, the menu changes with the season. You can munch on pizza, sandwiches and savory chicken before you flight at this “farm to flight” eatery. Napa Farms Market also boasts a fine selection of Napa wines and baked goods.
Most people bemoan spending time in Chicago’s busiest (and one of the country’s busiest) airports. However, acclaimed chef Rick Bayless’ Tortas Frontera might have you singing a different tune. With three locations in O’Hare in Terminal 1, 3 and 5, this airport restaurant explores the flavors of Mexico, serving up hand crafted tortas and hand-shaken margaritas. For a taste of south of the border in the middle of Chicago’s O’Hare, Tortas Frontera is perhaps most celebrated for those tortas, otherwise authentic griddled sandwiches.
JetBlue’s Terminal 5 has made a name for itself in cuisine alone. With several noteworthy restaurants to try, narrowing down your options can be a bit of a challenge. Brasserie La Vie is just one of the Terminal’s best dining options. Serving up French dishes, you can experience a bit of the feel of a Parisian café in between flights. Created by chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, the menu features French country cooking including French onion soup and croque monsieur sandwiches.
Set up in Concourse E in one of the world’s busiest airports, One Flew South is the city’s first upscale airport restaurant. Led by executive chef Duane Nutter, the sophisticated restaurant dishes out travel inspired provisions. From tasty cocktails to an extensive sushi menu, One Flew South attempts to put sophistication back into airport cuisine. In addition to cocktails and sushi, the establishment boasts a to-go selection of “southernational” cuisine.