Airport dining doesn't have to be plain
April 1st, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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Whenever someone starts talking about the "good ol' days" of air travel, remind them about eating at old school airports.

Back then, a meal at the airport meant horsing down a candy bar from the gift shop and wrestling with a vending machine for a can of soda.

Nowadays, large, medium and even some smaller airports provide legitimately good restaurants, with enough interesting offerings and atmosphere to make that three-hour layover just a little less hellish.

There's still room for culinary upgrades - as noted below, some airports haven't yet figured out that sitting on planes makes us hungry and irritable - but the best places to eat in the country's busiest airports (ranked by passenger traffic, per FAA statistics) generally range from good to great.

Discover the "Best eats at the 20 busiest U.S. airports" on CNN Travel.

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  1. Crystle

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    October 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I used to hate layovers, now I hate rushing from gate to gate between flights. When in the large airports I like to check the scene these days. 3 hours is about perfect for layovers now. Unless it's BF, Egypt – then it's back to candy bars, soda cans, and impatience waiting for the next flight.

    Once I was surprised to see all the shops and restaurants closed in the middle of the night at Anchorage International Airport. That's a big hub for Asian flights. I was pretty bummed cause I was starving and there's a nice little Asian place in the International terminal.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  3. Ivonne Leichtling

    For Miami, I highly recommend locals fave Icebox Cafe on Terminal D featuring healthy, American fusion cuisine with an array of critically acclaimed homemade desserts. A second location, featuring made from scratch and baked on-site muffins, cupcakes, cookies and desserts, opened at Dallas-Ft. Worth International airport. For details,

    April 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
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