Crowds, delays, and fast food: That's not an appetizing trio. But eating on the fly at airports around the world doesn’t have to mean lowering your standards. Try these seriously delicious restaurants as you await your arrival or departure, or while on a layover, at airports from L.A. to London.
1. Petrossian, Los Angeles
Take flight like a champion: There’s top-shelf champagne alongside a caviar bar at the longtime LAX establishment Petrossian. While it’s not a traditional restaurant per se (although who said happy hour isn’t a meal?), come for fancy French-inspired choices — and grab gourmet to go with Parisian-smoked salmon and charcuterie.
2. Uptown Brasserie, New York
At JFK, Top Chef Masters' Marcus Samuelsson brings a mix of new American to our tastebuds with Uptown Brasserie. Why not pair smoked salmon bagels (a trip to the Big Apple wouldn’t be complete without them) and bloody marys, or chicken and waffle with prosecco?
3. One Flew South, Atlanta
Come to One Flew South for the inventive sushi menu. Or try something else: The kitchen labels its food as “Southernational” with offerings, like salmon hot pot and miso BBQ ribeye. Travelers can take a load off, dining on white leather chairs.
4. Tortas Frontera, Chicago
Molletes and margaritas provide a perfect pre-flight pairing at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare. This Rick Bayless (another from Top Chef Masters) outpost sources local ingredients to bring you a blend of warm, Mexican sandwiches and more. A guacamole bar and fresh juices may be just the culinary ticket before takeoff.
5. Plane Food, London
An early itinerary sounds delightful if you’re having pancakes with bananas at Heathrow Airport. If you’re traveling with a group, host a private dinner party like a Bravolebrity (just don’t flip tables). Or take away a Gordon Ramsay-designed picnic basket for the plane with English cheeses from Plane Food.
6. Top Air, Stuttgart
Stuttgart Airport in Germany knows how to elevate food for the first-class. At Top Air, sample ceviche along with petit fours in seven courses. Get this: The wine list is more than twenty pages long. And here you can even make reservations for cooking classes with the chef.
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