6 Airport Restaurants Serving Awesome Latin Food

Between the TSA and the long lines, navigating airports can be a stressful experience, often made more so by lackluster dining options available en route to the gate. Lately, however, we’re seeing airport management take travelers’ food needs more seriously. For example, American Express Centurion Lounges just enlisted a team of chefs including Dean Fearing and Scott Conant to enhance the gourmand experience in Las Vegas and Dallas. If that’s not progress, we’re not sure what is…

With collaborations between chefs and airlines occuring with more frequency, and outposts of popular fine-dining restaurants at travel hubs, you can now eat more delicious food in transit. If, of course, you know where to look. TLK has done the work, scouring the world’s terminals for the perfect bite. Here, a list of the best Latin airport restaurants, from Tex-Mex to Caribbean. Bon Voyage!



Torta Frontera at Chicago O’Hare

Chef Rick Bayless’ Torta Frontera is the best reason to get delayed in Chicago. Featuring everything from tortas to molletes, or open-faced sandwiches, this restaurant brings Mexico’s big flavors to the airport counter. Sourcing top quality, local, and sustainable ingredients, this restaurant is kind to your stomach and the environment. The margaritas and the guacamole is made to order. Sounds like that two-hour layover isn’t looking so bad after all…

Find it at: Terminal 1, Gate B11; Terminal 3, K4; Terminal 5, M12.


Café Versailles at Miami International Airport

The historic Café Versailles has finally arrived at Miami International Airport. The same traditional Cuban food found in the legendary south Florida café can now be found just steps away from the airport gate to your next destination. Before or after a long flight, wake up with a cortado or grab a cubano and cheese and guava pastry for the duration of your flight. We guarantee your seat mates will be jealous.

Find it at: Terminal D, Gates 5, 21, and 44; Terminal F, 2nd Level; E Satellite, Gate 30. 



Border Grill at Los Angeles International Airport 

Though one might not expect Top Chef Masters alums Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken to have opened a modern Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles International Airport, we’re glad they did. The duo has managed to capture the same bold flavors you can sample in their Santa Monica and Las Vegas locations. With both a main menu and and “on the go” menu, you can grab a snack for whatever amount of time you have left before take off: carne asada tacos, burritos, chile relleno burger, grilled skirt steak. Be careful not miss your flight while deciding on your order! 

Find it at: Great Hall Food Court. 


Vuelo Taqueria at La Guardia International Airport

This recently opened Mexican concept from chef Aaron Sanchez brings tortas, burritos, and food salvation to La Guardia International Airport. The taqueria is part of a larger project to bring improved dining options to the terminal, with food made to order. On landing after an unbearable redeye, grab a scrambled egg burrito; for evening trips, we’re all about the short rib beef taco with pickled onions.

Find it at: Delta Terminal food court, post security.



Pappasito’s Cantina at Fort Worth International Airport

Taking it back to Tex-Mex basics, Pappasito’s Cantina celebrates the Lone Star state with big flavors and lots of cheese. Serving breakfast to dessert, this is the ideal layover spot no matter what time of day or craving. Pick up fresh guacamole, chicken tamales or, if you’re in need of a bigger meal, mesquite-grilled chicken or steak specials served with rice,frijoles a la charra, and fresh flour tortillas.

Find it at: Terminal A, Gate 28.


Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport is already blessed with an impressive food line up and now, according to recently filed paperwork, they’re getting one more: the popular chain Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill. This will be the chain’s sixth location and, while smaller than other locations, will offer up all the same favorites including the classic slow roasted lechon. No word yet on where or when to find it but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more!


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