Whisky River Wins Best Airport Sitdown Dining Contest!

Local Tavern, Gachi House of Sushi, Hubcap Grill and Page also winners

Longer layovers at the airport don't have to be a drag, especially when you can use that extra time to dine at one of these 10 sitdown restaurants, nominated as the best in North America by Airport Revenue News and voted to the top by USA TODAY 10Best readers

  • Bankers Hill
    San Diego International Airport (SAN)

    Passengers traveling through San Diego International can enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at Bankers Hill, a hip restaurant and bar earning accolades for its specialty cocktails and artisan eats.
    Photo courtesy of Bankers Hill

  • Andiamo
    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

    Andiamo inside Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is an award-winning sitdown concept serving high-end Italian cuisine to passengers flying in or out of the McNamara Terminal.
    Photo courtesy of Andiamo

  • Cat Cora’s Kitchen
    San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

    Cat Cora's Kitchen at SFO focuses on using fresh and organic locally-sourced ingredients on its sophisticated menu. Diners can also select fresh seafood items from a raw bar.
    Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

    Formerly a station for the old DFW Airport Train, the space was repurposed and turned into the home of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. Located in Terminal A, the restaurant offers a menu of seafood specialties the Pappadeaux family of restaurants is known for.
    Photo courtesy of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

  • III Forks
    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

    Located in the Great Hall at LAX, III Forks recreates the classic American steakhouse experience inside the airport. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood and desserts, served in a refined setting complete with fireplaces and leather seats.
    Photo courtesy of III Forks

  • Page
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

    Page, a 110-seat restaurant at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, serves locally inspired dishes, like pimento cheese, she-crab soup, Chesapeake Bay oysters and lobster rolls.
    Photo courtesy of Page

  • Hubcap Grill
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

    Situated in Terminal A, Hubcap Grill serves some of Houston's favorite burgers and hand-spun boozy milkshakes to travelers flying out of IAH. The restaurant also has local and national beers on tap and a full bar.
    Photo courtesy of Hubcap Grill

  • Gachi House of Sushi
    Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI)

    Classic sushi favorites dominate the menu at Gachi House of Sushi at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. This sitdown Japanese eatery can be found in both Terminals A and B.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Local Tavern
    Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

    High-end finishes – from the fixtures to the seating to the tables – make Local Tavern a wonderful option at Philadelphia International Airport. The bar is well-stocked, prominently displayed and brightly lit, and the menu is designed by Philly chef Jose Garces.
    Photo courtesy of Local Tavern

  • Whisky River
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

    Whisky River, created in partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., features an extensive food menu and a bar offerings for travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Those with a layover should try the signature drink Moonshine Mule made with Midnight Moon original moonshine, ginger beer and lime juice.
    Photo courtesy of Whisky River

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Sitdown Dining are as follows:

  1. Whisky River - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  2. Local Tavern - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  3. Gachi House of Sushi - Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI)
  4. Hubcap Grill - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  5. Page - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  6. III Forks - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  7. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  8. Cat Cora’s Kitchen - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  9. Andiamo - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  10. Bankers Hill - San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had four weeks to vote daily for their favorites.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning airport concessions.

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