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More Real Restaurants for More Airports Mean More Good Eats

February 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

New restaurants seem to be popping up at airports across the country faster than we can keep track of them, so we took some time to check out some of the newest options. Here’s just a few of the latest establishments competing with Sbarro for your airport restaurant dollars:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

All the good stuff is usually going down over at Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s Terminal 2, but this week it sounds like some goodies are heading into Terminal 1. Local basketball fans—and travelers heading through RDU—will be able to participate in March Madness all year round, as an officially licensed restaurant from the Atlantic Coast Conference will be arriving sooner than later.

Joining the airport dining scene will be local burger place Char-Grill, as well as spots like Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and La Tapenade Mediterranean Café. The new stuff should be arriving at the airport by spring of next year, and they’ve even got a new Starbucks on the constriction schedule as well.

Lehigh Valley International Airport

We’ve never been to Lehigh Valley International Airport, but now we at least know where to eat. The airport has hired First Class Concessions to upgrade and renovate the place’s existing options, in hopes of getting hungry travelers to spend a few more travel dollars. Apparently the best way to the traveling public’s heart is through their stomach, and they’re hoping to win everyone over with a few new spots.

Java Joint will get you moving with everything under the caffeine and coffee umbrella. Cheesesteaks will be just one of the options from the folks at Chew Street Hoagies, and the PA Pub will offer up the usual burgers, sandwiches, and other airport staples. It’s certainly not celeb-chef stuff here, but anything better than pre-packaged sandwiches and vending machines is a plus in our book.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Over at Baltimore-Washington International there’s two new dining options for hungry travelers on the go. Up first is The Burger Joint over in Concourse B. It’s a DC-based chain so it’s kind of a local option, and they do their best to offer the very best in burgers, fries, and associated delicacies. They do have healthy options as well, as there are a few veggie options as well as a tuna burger.

Nearby in Concourse A/B it’s Chipotle bringing burritos to the airport. Probably not the best thing to carry-on to the plane—your seatmate will thank you later—they’ve got the usual fast casual Mexican stuff. You’ve probably been there, so you know what we’re talking about; however, we’d like to point out that this is only airport location number two for Chipotle. Bon Appétit!

[Photo of the future ACC restaurant: RDU Airport]

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