Long Beach Airport Wins Best Airport for Dining Two Years in a Row!


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport takes second place

Eating at the airport doesn't mean you're stuck with bland, overpriced food. At least not at these 10 airports, nominated by Airport Revenue News and voted on by USA TODAY 10Best readers as having the best food concessions programs in North America.

  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
    Long Beach, Calif.

    Long Beach Airport hearkens back to the golden age of flying, and the food options are a great representation of local flavors. LGB features street-side favorites, like 4th Street Vine Wine & Beer Bar, McKenna's, Polly's Coffee, George's Greek Café and others.
    Photo courtesy of Long Beach Airport

  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

    Hungry travelers at Detroit's airport have plenty of options to choose from, including national chains like P.F. Chang's, Chick-Fil-A, Chili's and Potbelly, as well as local favorites like National Coney Island.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

    Toronto Pearson International Airport operates a relatively new food program that features a wide variety of cuisines. The restaurant environments are very eye-catching and match the quality of the food. Options include Caplansky's Deli, Twist by Roger Mooking, The Hearth by Lynn Crawford and LEE Kitchen by Susur Lee.
    Photo courtesy of Toronto Pearson International Airport

  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

    Upscale, local, chef-driven restaurants maximize the use of area ingredients and suppliers, instill state pride in residents and provide a true taste of Minnesota for visitors. Nationally known brands like McDonald’s, Pei Wei and TGI Fridays help please every palate.
    Photo courtesy of GANNETT

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
    Newark, N.J.

    Travelers spending time at Newark Liberty International will find a wide selection of both grab-and-go and sit-down options, including Phillips Seafood, Belgian Beer Cafe, Sora Sushi, Caps Beer Garden, Nonna's Meatball Kitchen and Saison.
    Photo courtesy of Newark Liberty International Airport

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport has plenty of Texas-based chain restaurants such as Whataburger and Bullritos among the tenant roster. Beyond that are Houston chef Bryan Caswell's 3rd Bar Eating House, French bistro wine bar Le Grand Comptoir and a tiny street food-focused restaurant called Urban Crave. Like all good hub airports, the airport features a mix of fast casual and high-end dining choices.
    Photo courtesy of George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

    Maryland seafood is well-represented with Obrycki's Restaurant and Bar and Phillips Seafood. Maryland microbrews have a presence with DuClaw Brewing Company. But in addition to popular chains like Arby's and Potbelly, passengers can also get Mexican from Zona Cocina and American food in a diner setting at Silver Diner
    Photo courtesy of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (

    The airport has a robust food and beverage concessions program, with more than 149 food and beverage locations. Now the dining selection features full-service restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Phillips Seafood, TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings and Café Intermezzo. Local favorites are also serving up delicious food. Among them: SweetWater Drafthouse & Bar, The Varsity, Atlanta Bread Company, Chick-fil-A, Paschal’s, Atlanta Stillhouse, Ecco, One Flew South and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint.
    Photo courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    San Francisco

    Food offerings at SFO are as diverse and reflective of the culinary landscape of San Francisco and the Bay Area as a whole. Travelers will find sushi, healthy fare, Mexican, local delicacies, nationally recognized brands and more. Truly something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

    DFW Airport offers plentiful choices for food, all of which are post-security. The Skylink train connects all terminals and allows you to travel from one to the next if you have a favorite spot. The options in Terminal D are fantastic, with everything from high-end places like III Forks to fast casual such as Banh Shop to local such as Cousin's BBQ.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

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

  1. Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  2. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  3. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  4. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  6. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  7. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  8. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  9. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

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 airports.

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