Best Airport Local / Regional Dining (2018)


One of the best ways of experiencing a destination is through its food. These 10 airport restaurant bring favorite local flavors right to hungry passengers.

  • Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard

    Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard
    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 George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • Cask & Larder

    Cask & Larder
    Orlando International Airport (MCO)

    At Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport, travelers dine on Southern-sourced dishes made from seasonal ingredients, served alongside craft beers and fresh-shucked oysters.
    Photo courtesy of Orlando International Airport

  • Obrycki's Restaurant & Bar

    Obrycki's Restaurant & Bar
    Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)

    Travelers passing through Baltimore-Washington International Airport are treated to Maryland-style seafood courtesy of Obrycki's, a famous Baltimore restaurant known for its crabs and crab cakes.
    Photo courtesy of Obrycki's Restaurant & Bar

  • Twist by Roger Mooking

    Twist by Roger Mooking
    Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

    Toronto celebrity chef Roger Mooking brings his signature cooking style to Toronto Pearson passengers with Twist, where fusion menu items highlight the chef's diverse background – and the greater diversity of Toronto.
    Photo courtesy of Toronto Pearson International Airport

  • Tortas Frontera

    Tortas Frontera
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Renowned chef Rick Bayless offers a flavorful menu of Mexican dishes, such as freshly made guacamole and hand-shaken margaritas, at Tortas Frontera within Chicago O'Hare International.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

  • Casavana

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl. Airport (FLL)

    Authentic Cuban fare dominates the menu at Casavana, located in Terminal 4 of Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport.
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  • One Flew South

    One Flew South
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)

    One Flew South at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is an upscale restaurant with a menu described as "southernational" that includes a pulled duck sandwich, pork belly sliders, lamb, swordfish and even sushi. Menu items were developed by Atlanta Chef Duane Nutter.
    Photo courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Root Down

    Root Down
    Denver International Airport (DEN)

    Based upon the award-winning Denver favorite of the same name, Root Down serves a menu of locally-sourced, globally influenced seasonal cuisine. The restaurant offers a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits as well.
    Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

  • Local Tavern

    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 Philadelphia International Airport

  • Bar Symon

    Bar Symon
    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

    Bar Symon offers flyers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport an impressive food and drink menu designed by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Michael Symon. 
    Photo courtesy of Bar Symon

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Local / Regional Dining are as follows:

  1. Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  2. Cask & Larder - Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  3. Obrycki's Restaurant & Bar - Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
  4. Twist by Roger Mooking - Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  5. Tortas Frontera - Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  6. Casavana - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl. Airport (FLL)
  7. One Flew SouthHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)
  8. Root DownDenver International Airport (DEN)
  9. Local Tavern - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  10. Bar Symon - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

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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