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Didn’t make it to that famed local dining spot on your last trip? Next time, try eating at the airport. Yes, really. Airport terminals weren’t always known as culinary meccas but more and more, they’re offering outposts of famed local eateries that, as SFO’s dining mission states, “Reflect the culinary lifestyle of the…area.” For you, that means a second chance at getting to try popular local eateries that you may have missed while in town. Here are some of our favorites.

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Midtown Atlanta's award-winning ECCO restaurant is now located in the mezzanine of International Terminal Concourse F

Midtown Atlanta’s award-winning ECCO, now at ATL | PHOTO: Fifth Group Restaurants

ECCO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Atlanta

Within ATL’s Concourse F, you’ll find an outpost of ECCO, the popular midtown Atlanta spot known for contemporary continental cuisine. Expect a menu of cured meats and cheeses, shared-plate servings, pizzas, pastas and main dishes. Give the fried goat cheese, served with honey and black pepper, a try, and then be sure to sample the pappardelle with braised pork or steak frites.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: Seattle

Fans of fromage who are flying to or from Sea-Tac will find a version of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, a counter-service shop within the airport’s C Gate section. Pick up some of their artisan cheeses, made at their original Pike Place Market location, to take with you. Or, for something more substantial, try their much-loved mac and cheese medley or their yummy grilled cheese.

Village Pub at McCarran International Airport: Las Vegas

Before leaving Las Vegas, luck out on getting a bite at McCarran International Airport‘s outpost of Village Pub, located in Terminal 3 near Gate E14. Here, you’ll win big with their fried chicken dishes, seasoned steak fries, French onion soup or breakfast servings like their all-day egg combos. The original location of this family-run tavern, which first opened in 1968, sat at the corner of Koval and Flamingo.

bratwurst at the Berghoff-Cafe-chicago-international-airport

Their traditional bratwurst | Photo courtesy of Berghoff Cafe

Berghoff Cafe at O’Hare International Airport: Chicago

As an offshoot of Chicago’s beloved Berghoff, the city’s oldest restaurant, this outpost within O’Hare airport‘s Terminal 1 serves good fare and beer. The airport version reflects the original Chicago Loop location’s décor with its Tiffany stained glass and wood trim. Get a hot-carved sandwich, panini or try a daily special like a bratwurst with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.

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Farmerbrown at San Francisco International Airport: San Francisco

This popular soul food eatery within San Francisco’s Tenderloin district now has an added outpost within SFO’s Terminal 1. The post-security location has a full bar, along with comfort food specialties such as chicken and waffles, a catfish sandwich or sides of cheesy grits or Southern greens. Also coming soon to SFO: an airport outpost of beloved Mission District bakery, Tartine!

The Palm Bar & Grill at John F. Kennedy International Airport: New York

Inside JFK‘s Terminal 4, you’ll find The Palm, an homage to the popular steakhouse of the same name in Manhattan’s Theater District. In addition to breakfast, their a la carte menu serves up burgers, salads and sandwiches, plus some high-end apps.

Photo courtesy of Cousin’s BBQ

Cousins Bar-B-Q at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: Dallas

A Fort Worth staple since the early ’80s, Cousins’ airport outpost in DFW‘s Terminal B offers similarly delicious, Texas-sized portions of their slow-cooked-over-hardwood meats. Carnivores can opt for Cousins’ famed brisket, or turkey, chicken, pulled pork and smoked German sausages.


Photo courtesy of Elway’s

Elways’ at Denver International Airport: Denver

Found in Denver International‘s Concourse B, this branch of Colorado steakhouse chain Elway’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Get jet-set in the morning with Elway’s various versions of Eggs Benedict or fly off later on with a Signature Smash Burger, complete with cheddar and a brioche bun.

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Zaza New Cuban Diner at Orlando International Airport: Orlando

With locations at Gates 10-19 in Airside 1 and at Gates 30-59 in Airside 3, this family-founded eatery brings the Cuban flavors of their original Orlando location to the Orlando airport. Queue up at the counter for breakfast dishes that come with Cuban toast, which pair nicely with their roasted style of coffee, or get hearty with their meat and sides combos.

Coles-french-dip at LAX airport

Photo courtesy of Cole’s

Cole’s at Los Angeles International Airport: Los Angeles

In LAX‘s Terminal 4 food court, dip into this second location of the Downtown LA landmark that supposedly came up with the French dip sandwich. Cole’s offers other meaty servings involving pastrami, beef or turkey, or opt for their irresistible grilled cheese or garlic fries.

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Michele Herrmann

Michele Herrmann

Michele writes about women's travel, destinations, culinary, and cultural topics for various outlets and has ventured as far as Fiji, to date. She also muses her tales on She Is Going Places.
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