Some of the top airport restaurants may just be in your area and you didn’t even know it! These days, airports are a mecca of food choices. With tourism and travel at its highest rate than ever before, airports are featuring a wide range of cuisines and food choices to cater to the various tastes of travelers.
We’ve featured four classic cuisines—from affordable diners and burger joints to established gourmet haunts—found at some of the country’s busiest airports, which include LAX (Los Angeles International Airport in California) , BOS (Boston’s Logan Airport in Mass), SFO (San Francisco International Airport in California) and LGA (Laguardia Airport in NY).
Remember the important quote from La Rochefoucauld when you figure out what to eat:
Price range: $12-32
This space-themed building situated on the Los Angeles International Airport campus has a Star Trek-type theme and serves American classic cuisine in unusual and artful arrangements. Already well-known as one of the top airport restaurants and cocktail bars in the United States, Encounter serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring fresh California cuisine.
Legal Sea Foods (BOS)
Price range: $12-$25 per person
Cuisine: Shellfish, fish, surf ‘n’ turf
Legal Sea Foods is an institution in terms of seafood cuisine, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s anywhere near canteen food. The seafood restaurant was established in Boston, where it is a lauded local favorite for ocean-side type dining. Legal enjoys a reputation for serving only the highest-quality and freshest seafood. Boston’s Logan Airport terminals feature three distinctly-themed Legal restaurants, with Terminal A’s branch serving short order menu items, and Terminal B and C’s serving traditional restaurant fare, including gluten-free menu items and their famous lobsters and chowders. With its family-friendly menu, Legal Sea Foods is easily one of the top airport restaurants in the Eastern United States.
Harbor Village Kitchen and Ebisu Sushi (SFO)
Price range: $7-$16 per person
If you ever find yourself craving for hot, steaming noodles at the San Francisco International Airport, look up Harbor Village Kitchen and Ebisu Sushi, at the north and south food courts, respectively. Harbor Village is a local favorite, and serves authentic Chinese noodle soups, Indian roti pratas, and a selection of milk teas. If you’re in the mood for Japanese, try Ebisu Sushi, another local San Francisco institution. Highly recommended is Ebisu’s Japanese soba, which goes well with its katsu curry and sushi combination.
Custom Burgers by Pat La Freida (LGA)
Price range: $5-$13
Custom Burgers by Pat La Freida serves all-beef, griddled burgers to perfection, and is fast becoming one of the top airport restaurants in New York. The meats are supplied by Pat La Freida, who has been a renowned butcher and supplier of quality meats for several famous burger purveyors. Custom Burger’s isn’t directly owned by Pat La Frieda, but it does serve up delicious gourmet burgers for very reasonable prices. You can get these yummy burgers at Laguardia Airport in NY.