Where Travelers Like to Eat the Most During a Layover

Where Travelers Like to Eat the Most During a Layover

Airport terminals aren't always known for their solid food selection, but don't let that fool you. According to RewardExpert’s 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard there are plenty of go-to destinations even in the busiest airports.

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Elevated Airport Dining: Airports Across the Nation Are Setting a New Dining Standard

Elevated Airport Dining: Airports Across the Nation Are Setting a New Dining Standard

By Suzy Badaracco, Foodable Industry Expert

Airport restaurants and lounges have been elevated to destination dining and have been sought after by popular chefs and global restaurant chains. They are setting a new standard for fresh, quick fare and design elements to cater to the world traveler. These locations are now influencing brick and mortar locations and their offerings.

Besides the upgrade in food offerings, technologies are expanding in airports including food cart tech, refrigerated open vending, and others. The bar scene inside airports are also getting attention for their forward thinking style, décor, and offerings. Frequent travelers are drawn to various airports for their layovers between flights because of their restaurant / bar offerings. This trend birth is a Ricochet which occurs when a trend moves laterally into a new arena. In this case, its birth parent resides in the fresh and authentic movement occurring in traditional brick and mortar restaurants. More upscale restaurants are popping up in airport terminals as restaurateurs seek affluent travelers with a taste for gourmet fare.  

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Airports Give Travelers a Taste of the Town

Airports Give Travelers a Taste of the Town

By Ross Perkins, Foodable Contributor

Gone are the days when U.S. airports were anonymous locations that looked the same as you boarded a flight and the same when you landed. Now, airports across the country are becoming spotlights on local food for passengers to enjoy, while waiting for their flights. With a captive audience with discretionary dollars, it makes financial sense to give travelers dining options that they can’t get where they are traveling.

Major Airport's Restaurants Go Local

Large airports across the country are showcasing the best their cities have to offer. Back in the 1980s, Rick Bayless made his name in Chicago, when he and his wife opened Frontera Grill, which focused on Mexican cuisine. Flash forward a few decades, and Bayless opened Tortas Frontera in the Chicago O’Hare’s busy United Airlines Terminal 1. And Tortas Frontera is a stone’s throw from Eli’s Cheesecake and the famous Garrett Popcorn Shop.

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