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31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World

Poffertjes – Traditional Dutch pancakes

Faced with concourses filled with ubiquitous shrink-wrapped sandwiches, greasy fast-food burgers, and processed pastries, the thought of eating at an airport is rarely appetizing. But that may soon change, as airports around the world are revamping aging terminals and the world’s best chefs, several of them Michelin-starred, are recognizing the value of serving exemplary meals before liftoff. The Daily Meal’s list of the 31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World is the culmination of a six-month-long nomination process, wherein a preliminary list of more than 100 restaurants was measured against two categories (cuisine and style/décor/service). So check out the full list below and make sure you try out some of these tasty eats the next time you’re jaunting around the world.

Tadında Anadolu - Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Tadında Anadolu – Istanbul Atatürk Airport

31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World

1.       Porta Gaig (El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona)

2.       Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

3.       Tortas Frontera (Chicago O’Hare International Airport)

4.       Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)

5.       Obrycki’s (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport)

6.       Crust (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

7.       Five Guys (Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC)

8.       Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

9.       Encounter (Los Angeles International Airport)

10.   Legal Sea Foods (Boston Logan International Airport)

11.   Pink’s Hot Dogs (Los Angeles International Airport)

12.   Brasserie Flo (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport)

13.   Plane Food (Heathrow Airport, London)

14.   Tagliare (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

15.   Versailles Restaurant (Miami International Airport)

16.   Piquillo (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City)

17.   Icebox Café (Miami International Airport)

18.   Union Jacks Bar (Gatwick Airport, London)

19.   Kim Choo’s Nonja Kitchen (Changi Airport Singapore)

20.   Airbräu Brauhaus (Munich Airport)

21.   Globe@YVR (Vancouver International Airport)

22.   La Moraga (Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, Costa del Sol, Spain)

23.   Cat Cora’s Kitchen (San Francisco International Airport)

24.   Altitude (Genève Aéroport, Geneva)

25.   Columbia Restaurant Café (Tampa International Airport)

26.   One Flew South (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

27.   Anthony’s Fish Bar (Seattle Tacoma International Airport)

28.   Tacañon (Benito Juarez, Mexico City)

29.   Dutch Kitchen Bar & Cocktails (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)

30.   La Pausa (Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires)

31.   Tadında Anadolu (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)

LAX: The Luxe Layover

Finally! A hot hotel near LAX for the design-driven diva in need of some budget-conscious digs.

The Custom Hotel, located at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Manchester near Marina Del Rey, is Avi Brosh’s answer to the luxe layover. An ultra-modern 250-room hotel intended to fill a void in the LAX area, The Custom was originally designed by Welton Beckett, the renowned mid-century architect known for his modernist approach with LA landmarks like the Capitol Records building, Cinerama Dome, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Now, with the help of Brosh’s Palisades Development Group, the 12-floor hotel has undergone an extensive renovation, transforming the tower into a sleek contemporary space.

Accents include a stadium sundeck, an outdoor heated pool, poolside tapas bar, fire pit and DJ lounge.

“We saw a need in this area of Los Angeles for a lifestyle-driven hotel that caters to a customer looking for great design at a modest price,” said Avi Brosh, President of Palisades Development Group. “Over 80% of transient business to L.A. stays near LAX, and those travelers are craving some place fresh and fun to visit. It will be the antidote to boring beige airport hotels.”

We agree, Avi. Beige is such a snooze.

The hotel boasts some of the city’s most panoramic views, including those of the ocean, Malibu, Hollywood Hills and Downtown LA and features espresso check-in, a 24-hour restaurant, live DJ’s nightly, layover rooms and numerous lounges. Rooms include flat screen TV’s, iPod docking and stocked mini bars. Other creature comforts? Complimentary wireless, high-speed Internet and organic bath amenities!! That’s right… our eco-loving spirit gets giddy at the thought of organic products.

Room rates start at just $119/night.

Jaunt says, “Have a lay….over.”