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Some Great Airport Restaurants

Updated on November 27, 2010

Some of the best restaurants can be found at airports


Everybody knows that airline meals served on flights are quite unlikely to be ranked amongst the tastiest foods. This may be somewhat attributed to the fact that high altitude tends to alter the taste of food along with decreasing the functioning of our taste buds; a recipe for disaster if you are looking for a good dining experience. Some people also may find it unacceptable that some airlines have even started to charge a fee for these unappetizing meals as well! So more and more people are finding it more convenient to dine at airport restaurants: their meals may be a bit pricier, but at least they taste darn good!

Not many travelers know that some of the best restaurants can be found amidst the hustle and bustle of busy airports scattered across the country. Some people discover them casually, upon being bumped from a flight, while others go their on purpose, just as visiting any ordinary restaurant just at a not-so-ordinary place.

Airports are therefore no longer the home of  unhealthy meals quickly gulped down between one flight and another, but have rather become home to some fine restaurants where people get to enjoy their regional favorites. Some airport restaurants are also run by celebrity chefs looking for unusual locations so to attract a wide variety of cultures.

The Best Airport Restaurants in the World

Our tour starts at the at London Heathrow airport  exactly at Terminal 5 where  famous Gordon Ramsay's restaurant ''Plane Food'' can be found. The ambiance of this restaurant is signed by architects Bentel and Bentel. Guests get to enjoy dynamic views of the runway from the floor to ceiling glass windows, or as an alternative, they may take a peek at this restaurant's busy kitchen. The a la carte menu features some incredible dishes well worth a trip at the airport.

Next, head towards Geneva International Airport  in Switzerland and head towards the third floor  looking for the restaurant ''Altitude''. Gilles Dupont, a Michelin-starred chef, is the creative mind behind some quite succulent dishes available at this restaurant. Astonishing views of the runway and the Jura Mountains complete the scenery.

If you happen to stop by Hong Kong International Airport (China), it may be worthy to stop at Cafe Deco, located just after the Immigration & Security Check. With exceptional views of  the runways, the South China Sea and Hong Kong's outlying islands as a backdrop, you will be able to savor a great tasting award winning menu and sushi bar..

Abroad, there are many restaurants worthy of a visit. Upon flying into Los Angeles, it is hard to miss a spider looking restaurant known as ''The Encounter''. The restaurant boasts sci-fi decor and an out of this world great tasting food. Guests may enjoy choice of seafood, poultry, steak, pasta, soup, salad, burgers, sandwiches and cocktails.

Another place worth mentioning is Atlanta Hartsfield Airport restaurant ''One Flew South''.This upscale restaurant offers soup, pasta, poultry, seafood, sushi, burgers, pork and beef made with premium ingredients from regional farmers. An extensive wine list accompanies the choice of dishes.

Of course, the melting pot atmosphere of  Kennedy Int'l Airport in New York holds some of the best restaurants out there. At terminal 2 and terminal 7, look out for Todd English's Bonfire Restaurant. This restaurant fuses together Argentinean, European and American influences when serving its assortment of grilled steaks, succulent seafoods and variety of tacos.

These are just  a few of the many restaurants available at several major airports scattered throughout the world. If you have a chance, it is worth it to pay these restaurants a visit. The wonderful views of the runways accompanied by amazing dishes may be the perfect recipe for an intriguing experience. 


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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Very interesting hub and well informed. I don't fly, however the whole world spends hours traveling for personal and business reasones. I enjoyed it thanks for sharing...