CNN recently reported the 20 best places to eat in the country’s busiest airports (ranked by passenger traffic, per FAA statistics) with ratings which generally range from good to great.
20. Honolulu International (HNL) CNN advises travelers that the best bet is to eat before coming to HNL. However, if you must eat at HNL, opt for a sit-down meal at Stinger Ray’s.
19. Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA). Anthony’s Restaurant.
18. Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) The Food Network Kitchen in Terminal 3.
17. Orlando International (MCO) ZaZa’s Cuban Coffee or Johnny Rivers’ Grill and Market.
16. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) PB&J near Gate A1.
15. Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) The upscale noodle and sushi shop Shoyu.
14. Newark Liberty International (EWR) The Grand Central Oyster Bar in Terminal C.
13. San Francisco International (SFO) Cat Cora’s Kitchen near Gate 55.
12. Miami International (MIA) Lorena Garcia Cocina in Concourse D.
11. John F Kennedy International, New York City (JFK) Croque Madame in Terminal 2.
10. Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) El Bravo and its famous green chile tamales.
9. Philadelphia International (PHL) Chickie’s & Pete’s .
8. George Bush Intercontinental, Houston (IAH) Urban Crave at Gate C33.
7. McCarran International, Las Vegas (LAS) The Village Pub in the recently opened Terminal 3.
6. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Brookwood Farms BBQ.
5. Los Angeles International (LAX) Your best bet is Pinks. However, between now and 2014 Umami Burger, 800 Degrees and Michael Voltaggio’s sandwich shop will open
4. Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) If you’ve got a morning flight, Cereality at gate C6. Or Cousin’s Bar-B-Q at Terminals B and C.
3. Denver International (DEN) The food is fine at the New Belgium Hub at Gate B80 but it’s the beer selection that keeps tables full.
2. Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) Tortas Frontera restaurants in Terminals 1 and 3.
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) One Flew South in Terminal E.