One of the main reasons travel can be so stressful is because of how chaotic and hectic it can be to navigate airports. Between making sure you’ve got all the right stuff packed within the TSA’s guidelines, checking in, and making it to your gate, there’s a lot to keep in mind; it’s also bound to make you a bit hungry. You may not be sure how you feel about airplane food thanks to your mid-air taste buds, but thankfully the airport tends to have plenty of options.
It wasn’t so long ago that the food in the airport terminal was regarded about as highly as the food served on board. Some airports, however, have opened truly noteworthy restaurants in recent years. At The Daily Meal, we understand just how important food is to travel, and we believe it’s an important part of the journey to and from your destination as well. While taking a look at the airport options across the country, we considered the popularity of restaurants as well as quality of both food and service in addition to variety of menu options (unless the restaurant in question has earned a reputation for specializing in a specific food). For each state, we took to looking at dining options at the largest airports and then comparing their menu options, overall atmosphere, and customer reviews on Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor.
You’ll find that a couple small states, such as Delaware and Vermont, aren’t on this list, as there was only one proper restaurant (we didn’t count cafés) in all of their civil airports and therefore we were unable to make any comparisons. Washington, D.C., is also missing from the list, as all of its local airports are actually located in Virginia or Maryland. Whether you’re looking for ideas to occupy your time on a layover or just hoping for a good bite to eat before your flight, make sure you know just which airport restaurant is the best in the state.