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Charlotte's Whisky River named Best Airport Sitdown Dining

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Winning restaurant comes from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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 by Airport Experience News and voted as the best in North America by 10Best readers.

  • 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 Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
    Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)

    The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck at Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport offers a to-go counter in addition to its full-service restaurant, where travelers can pick up pizzas, house-made waffles, seasonal salads and small plates.
    Photo courtesy of Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

  • Phil's B.B.Q.
    San Diego International Airport (SAN)

    A local San Diego favorite is at the airport! Phil's BBQ serves a menu that lives up to its street-side location.
    Photo courtesy of San Diego International Airport

  • Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless
    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

  • 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 Todd Richards.
    Photo courtesy of One Flew South

  • Bistro on the Bow
    Calgary International Airport (YYC)

    The menu at Bistro on the Bow at Calgary International Airport fuses Albertan and international cuisines into creative dishes served alongside a menu of draught beer and modern cocktails.
    Photo courtesy of Calgary International Airport

  • 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

  • Lift Bar and Grill
    Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

    Urban and elegant Lift Bar and Grill at Vancouver International Airport serves up the flavors of the Pacific, alongside a menu of local wines and regional craft beers.
    Photo courtesy of Vancouver International Airport

  • Salt Lick BBQ
    Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

    Austin Bergstrom International Airport has its own excellent representation of the original Salt Lick BBQ, hailing from Driftwood, Texas. The food is very good, and travelers have the option to take some brisket and sauce with them for a taste of Texas back home.
    Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

  • Hugo's Cocina
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

    Hugo's Cocina at George Bush Intercontinental serves up fresh and flavorful dishes from several regions of Mexico, all made from scratch, Menu items include migas, Baja fish tacos, pozole and slow-cooked carnitas.
    Photo courtesy of George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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

  1. Whisky River - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  2. The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck - Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
  3. Phil's B.B.Q. - San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  4. Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless - Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  5. One Flew South - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)
  6. Bistro on the Bow - Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  7. Root Down - Denver International Airport (DEN)
  8. Lift Bar and Grill - Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  9. Salt Lick BBQ - Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  10. Hugo's Cocina - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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