Gone are the days of grabbing a simple fast food burger en route to your gate in the airport.
There are so many delicious options available today, from nutritious salads to award-winning restaurants and star chef venues.
So why should your airport dining experience be sub par? The answer is simple, it shouldn’t. So grab your boarding pass and embrace the joys that come with a delayed flight or a prolonged layover.
Dublin Airport’s Marqette restaurant has been named Airport Food Hall of the Year twice, so you can imagine that travellers passing through terminal one are in for a fantastic dining experience.
The FAB Awards recognise best practises in airport food and beverages and since opening in 2015, Marqette has done just that. Marqette’s on-site bakery makes fresh bread and pastries, street food, crepes and omelettes cooked via a converted 1960’s Citreon Van aptly named “The Hatch”.
If you don’t have time to sit down for a full meal, Marqette’s honest-based grab and go option will be right up your alley.
A haven for travellers, Gordon Ramsey’s Plane Food at London Heathrow Airport is an institution.
With a raw bar, a full breakfast menu, an Asian bar and delicious main dishes from the core menu, such as rib eye steak and rigatoni pasta, you won’t be short of options at this popular venue.
In a hurry? Plane Food’s ‘Grab and Go’ option ensures that you can still enjoy a Gordon Ramsay dining experience 40,000 feet in the air.
The capital of Qatar, is an up-and-coming spot for travellers, particularly those visiting en route to their far flung destination.
Want to feel fancier than the average passenger? Simply drop by the Caviar House in Doha Airport for a taste of quality. At Caviar House & Prunier, everything is prepared fresh in front of the guests.
Seafood lovers will seek out this restaurant before boarding their plane to try the Swiss Balik Salmon and luxurious Prunier Caviar and they might even struggle to leave their seats after eating.
Explore the amazing flavours of Mexico at Tortas Frontera at Chicago O’Hare airport.
Created by Chef Rick Bayless, Tortas Frontera features hand-crafted tortas, fresh-made guacamole and hand-shaken margaritas, all made with high-quality ingredients from top local providers and recipes based on the incredible fare found in Mexico.
Some of the dishes on offer include griddle-baked Mexican sandwiches with a variety of fillings like beer-braised beef short ribs, chipotle chicken, garlicky shrimp and goat cheese, fresh tortilla chips with salsa, soups, salads, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt bar and molletes, which are warm, open-faced sandwiches.
Fancy sampling some of Wolfgang Puck’s signature cuisine while you wait for your flight to depart? You can do just that if you happen to be passing through Boston Logan International Airport.
There are also some seriously tempting options available from the restaurant’s grab and go kiosks. If Boston isn’t on your travel list anytime soon, Puck Express can also be found in airports in Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Fancy a taste of Italy in one of London’s main airports? This venue is one of more than 40 of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurants in the UK.
Jamie’s Italian serves rustic Italian dishes, made using local and seasonal produce.
Tuck into fresh pasta dishes, a pizza and maybe a cocktail or two before you race for the gate at boarding call.
Alex Raij, the chef behind Manhattan restaurants, El Quinto Pino and Txikito, has us craving Spanish tapas like there’s no tomorrow at Piquillo.
Forget that you’re in terminal 5 in New York’s JFK airport and indulge in bocadillos, fried calamari, Serrano ham and all manner of sensational Spanish delights, not to mention some paella.
Be sure and sip a glass of vino or a refreshing sangria while you’re relaxing here too.
If you assume that airport food is on par with hospital food you would be very wrong, especially when considering San Francisco Airport. SFO airport is home to a number of high quality eateries, with many being smaller versions of larger restaurants in the city centre.
One example of this is 1300 on Filmore and their famous Fried Chicken paired with a waffle and maple syrup, which may seem like an impossible combination but it really works. It wouldn’t be something you’d want to eat on a regular basis but it’s suitably indulgent.
For a healthier option, Samovar Tea is located in the pre security area of the International Terminal, so you don’t even need to be flying off anywhere to enjoy the food on offer here.
The perfect option for those seeking a healthy snack, the Avocado and Almond Butter sandwiches were particularly delicious. Enjoy a chai latte to complete this nutritious treat.
Sarah has always had a great love of travel, food and photography. Following her journalism degree at DCU, she developed a passion for travel writing while living in Spain.
Named Best Break Out Travel Writer at the 2018 Travel Media Awards, Sarah loves exploring new places and sampling the local cuisine. Working with TheTaste.ie combines her love of food and travel.
A big people person, especially when it comes to hearing other people’s stories, Sarah loves interviewing chefs, food producers and more.