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Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S.

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Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S.
By Jackie Lam


The airport used to be the last place you would expect to enjoy a good meal. But in recent years, dining choices in U.S. airports have improved and expanded to include casual spots highlighting local specialties and upscale restaurants featuring renowned chefs. Whether you're in search of a quick snack or a full meal before your flight or during a layover, here are six top airport eateries in major American cities:


1. Sky Canyon (Dallas Love Field)
Created by celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, a pioneer in contemporary Southwestern cooking, Sky Canyon takes the cuisine at Love Field to new heights. Pyles blends Southern homestyle cooking and Tex-Mex fare at this sit-down, full-service restaurant located inside the terminal. Think dishes like the 72-hour smoked brisket slathered with chipotle barbecue and three-potato salad or bacon-wrapped meatloaf with macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts.


2. Deep Blue Sushi (John F. Kennedy International)
The upscale Deep Blue Sushi restaurant in the domestic terminal (Terminal 5) of New York City's JFK Airport combines a soothing dining experience underneath a swirl of blue lights with authentic Japanese cuisine. Food offerings include a robust selection of ramen, sashimi and speciality sushi rolls. Those with a more adventurous palate might want to try some of the featured raw dishes, such as the kampachi, with baby yellowtail, chopped pistachios, green tea salt, finely sliced shi**bleep**o peppers and yuzu sauce.


3. Ink.sack (Los Angeles International)
You can sample an artisanal sandwich from Michael Voltaggio of Top Chef fame at Ink.sack, a cozy eatery at LAX. The spot puts a creative spin on traditional sandwiches, such as an egg, ham and cheese stacked with prosciutto and arugula. Those who don't want to eat meat can order a vegetarian banh mi with barbecued tofu, pickled vegetables, and a mushroom spread.


4. Dooky Chase Restaurant (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International)

If you missed out on the original Dooky Chase Restaurant in the Treme—or just want to revisit it before getting on the plane—you can get a taste of their authentic Creole dishes at MSY. Established in 1941, the original location was a favorite spot among leaders of the civil rights moment. At the airport location (just outside Concourse C), you can enjoy such New Orleans mainstays as gumbo, po' boys, fried chicken and shrimp and grit.


5. Mill City Tavern (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International)
Mill City Tavern boasts regionally brewed beer and craft cocktails, as well as a food menu that sources farm-fresh ingredients for its dishes. Signature items include the steelhead trout gravlax with crème fraîche and the bone-in pork chops. If you're in the mood for something hearty, try the Minnesota hot beef sandwich, with slow-cooked beef on thick slices of toast—served with a side of potatoes and gravy.


6. Country Cat (Portland International)

Founded by Adam and Jackie Sappington, a husband-and-wife chef duo, The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar offers classic Midwestern dishes with a Northwest twist. The restaurant emphasizes seasonal, local ingredients, with many items coming from local farmers markets. You'll find some of the greatest hits from their restaurant in Southeast Portland, such as cast iron skillet fried chicken atop a bed of collard greens, or eggs Benedict with ham. The Country Cat's airport location also features a full bar with cocktails and craft beers.




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Thanks for this. Ever since I got Priority Pass I've stopped being late for every flight and I've taken much more interest in enjoying the airport portion of every trip!

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