8 Great Airport Restaurants

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Austin-Bergstrom's Salt Lick Bar-B-Que.

Eat Well In Transit

Airport restaurants worth an early arrival.

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Hong Kong's Crystal Jade and (below) Cuban coffee at MIA.

Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life.

Plan on getting to these airports with plenty of time to dine.

AUSTIN-BERGSTROM | Austin, TX
Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, West Terminal
Says an Austin-based travel agency owner, “I live about three miles from the original location, and you’d have to be a true connoisseur to know the meats aren’t sliced and sauced in the Hill Country. The brisket plate is my personal favorite – or maybe the turkey if I’m on a health kick.” 

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL
Kogi BBQ Truck, Terminal 4

Judging from the crowds chef Roy Choi’s Korean tacos draw around L.A., his four-wheeled outpost inside American Airlines’ terminal won’t risk getting ticketed and towed for being unattended.

JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | New York
Uptown Brasserie, Terminal 4

House-smoked salmon, a fresh juice bar, and soul-food favorites such as fried chicken with collards and blackened catfish with cowpeas are highlights on chef Marcus Samuelsson’s menu.

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL
Crystal Jade, Terminal 1

“Crystal Jade is my favorite for delicious Shanghainese dishes such as pork dumplings and hot-and-sour soup with noodles,” says a Hong Kong-based travel advisor.

LONDON HEATHROW
The Perfectionists’ CafĂ©, Terminal 2

Heston Blumenthal’s roasted chicken, fish-and-chips, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, and liquid-nitrogen-frozen ice cream are almost reason enough to miss flights. (Service is quick, so you won’t.)

SINGAPORE CHANGI
Peach Garden Noodle House, Terminal 1

“The deep-fried prawn with wasabi salad cream really packs a punch, and travelers with sweet tooths will love the chilled black rice with ice cream in young coconut," says a travel agency co-owner based in Singapore. "Or try one of the shave-ice desserts.” 

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON | Atlanta
One Flew South, Terminal E

The world’s busiest airport finally gets a high-flying restaurant; globe-trotting New South plates range from sushi to pulled-duck sandwiches to fennel-crusted swordfish.

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL
La Carreta, Terminal D

“I can’t go to the airport and not stop at La Carreta for Cuban coffee, a ham croquette, and a guava pastry before my flight," says one Miami-based advisor. "If you have time to sit, order the grilled palomilla steak with black beans, white rice, and plantains – and flan for dessert.” 

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