These days, airport concourses are an extension of a city’s food scene, offering a taste of a destination’s culinary talent without a months-out reservation. Take, for instance, the arrivals of Alain Ducasse, Alex Guarnaschelli and Jacques Torres—along with many other Michelin-starred chefs—at Newark International Airport (yes, Newark!), or the new outposts by veteran restaurateur Richard Sandoval and Top Chef alum Mike Isabella that are opening this summer in Reagan National Airport. They’re all proof that there’s good food to be had at nearly any domestic hub.
Here, our favorite places to fill up pre-flight, no matter your departure point.