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31 Highly Ranked Airport Restaurants and Not a Pizzeria Among Them

November 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM | by | ()

Some offerings at Amsterdam's Bubbles restaurant

Okay, so if you even consider yourself a mild "foodie," a visit to thedailymeal.com can suck up half your day and fill your bookmark folders, so let's just get down to the one thedailymeal post you have to gold-star right now: The 31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World.

Are there even 31 that deserve to be on such a list? Thanks to the last few years and shows like Top Chef and the whole introduction of The Cooking Channel, airport food courts have been upped their game. So, yes, this shouldn't come as a surprise. The Top Five:

1. Porta Gaig (El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona)
2. Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
3. Tortas Frontera (Chicago O'Hare International Airport)
4. Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
5. Obrycki’s (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport)
...and, because you're wondering, #31 is Tadnda Anadolu (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)

View the entire slideshow of the top 31 on TheDailyMeal. Restaurants made the cut after consideration in two categories: cuisine and style/décor/service. Finalists were either visited by TheDailyMeal staff or added on high recommendations from airport food experts (yes, these exist), like our buddy inflightfeed.

We definitely don't agree with all eateries (like, WTF with Five Guys' high ranking?!), but they didn't miss our personal favorite, Airbräu Brauhaus at Munich Airport, which ranked twentieth.

Now if only TheDailyMeal could produce a similar listing for airport coffee. Maybe we'll just have to do it ourselves? After all, we've already got a solid nominee for a 2013 winner: The new Metropolis Cafe coming to Chicago-Midway Airport!

[Photo: Jaunted]

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