While airports do have their share of fast food places, they also house some of the best restaurants in the world. If you have plans to travel through any of the airports below, then make sure to stop and eat at some of these great restaurants!
1. Imperial Treasure, Changi Airport, Singapore
This Chinese restaurant located past security in Terminal 3 is great if you are travelling with a large group of people. You will all be able to fit around its large, round tables while you enjoy the fresh fish, fried rice, deep-fried prawns, and other items from the Cantonese menu.
2. Five Guys, Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C.
You’re probably used to having burgers from fast food joints in the airport, since they make for a quick and easy meal. Five Guys, with its specialized burgers and fresh cut fries, definitely ups the game. With its two locations in Concourse A and Concourse B, you should head over to Five Guys if you want a delicious burger done your way.
3. Plane Food, Heathrow Airport, London
Located past security in Terminal 5, this restaurant comes to you from the well-known celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, and it doesn’t disappoint. Take your pick of anything from salads, steaks, pastas, fish, various yummy deserts, and any number of other items, as you enjoy the view of the runway.
4. Salt Lick BBQ, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The history of this traditional Texas BBQ restaurant goes back 45 years to a barbecue restaurant on a ranch in Driftwood, Texas. The same barbecue pit that was used in the original restaurant on that ranch is used to this day in the Salt Lick BBQ to make its signature ribs and brisket.
5. Porta Gaig, El Prat Del Lobregat, Barcelona
If you are leaving Barcelona and want a last sampling of Catalan cuisine or if you are returning home and are eager to have it again, then stop at this eatery in Terminal 1. The menu was put together by Chef Charles Gaig, the chef behind Barcelona’s popular Restaurant Gaig and the Barcelona Gourmet Bus.
6. Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Accessible in Departure Lounge 1 once you have cleared security, Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar is a restaurant that you don’t want to miss. Here you will find a delicious selection of seafood, as well as wine and champagne. If you’ve got some extra time to kill before your flight, there is also a casino inside!
7. Crust, LaGuardia Airport, New York City
Pizza is great to have at the airport. It’s portable, delicious, and comes with your choice of topping. Crust is one of the best pizza restaurants in any airport, letting you either order off the great menu or design your own. The pizzas are Neapolitan-style thin crust, and you can choose to either sit down and eat or take your pizza with you.
8. Encounter, Los Angeles International Airport
No need to go through security in order to visit this futuristic restaurant! It’s difficult to miss this flying-saucer inspired eatery. The inside, decorated by Walt Disney Imagineering, is also intergalactically themed. At Encounter, you can enjoy your signature drinks while taking in the 360 degree view of LAX.
9. Globe@YVR, Vancouver International Airport
When you think of airport dining, you probably don’t think of anything too luxurious. Globe@YVR, which is located in the luxury Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, will definitely surprise you. Offering beautiful interior décor and stunning views of Vancouver’s mountains, this restaurant, with its local ingredients and wines, will make you forget that you’re even at the airport.
10. Legal Sea Foods, Boston Logan International Airport
Legal Sea Foods has not one, but four separate restaurants in the Logan Airport (located in terminals A, B, and C), making it all that much more likely that you will be able to check this restaurant out. Their name refers to their motto, which is, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!” So stop in for a bite to eat if you are craving some great, fresh seafood.
What’s your favorite airport restaurant? What can you tell us about restaurants mentioned in this list?