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Where To Eat At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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eater-airport-dining-guides.pngThere are three kinds of airport diners: 1) Those who see their pre-flight meal as an important part of the trip, to be considered as such 2) Those who are ambivalent and just want to get through security, get fed, and go, and 3) Those who are terrified of flying, thus view it as the last meal they might eat. Regardless of which category you fall into, fair Eater readers, we provide a handy guide to make 1, 2, or most importantly 3 much more memorable: the Eater Airport Dining Guide. Because, though the concession bidding wars continue to rage at Hartsfield-Jackson, there's plenty of good food to tide Atlanta travelers over in the meantime—so go ahead, get tided. And if you're worried you'll get lost The Terminal style, there's a map for that, too. Last travel tip: Don't forget to share what you learn herein.

Best Bets Inside Hartsfield-Jackson International

OneFlewSouth_150x100.jpg1) One Flew South: Just ranked by Food & Wine as one of the two best spots to eat in the airport (for the other, see #2), One Flew South is Atlanta's first upscale airport restaurant, and it delivers. Chef Duane Nutter, formerly of The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton in Kentucky, offers a menu ranging from sushi to Southern-inspired global fare. His team also provides excellent service and mixes a solid cocktail—both are just what you need to make it through. International ticket not required to access. [International Terminal, Concourse E]
[Photo: One Flew South]

Paschals_150x100.jpg2) Paschal's Southern Cuisine: Why are there three locations of Paschal's at the airport? Because the Atlanta institution has served since 1947 as the meeting place for notables like Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson (yes, that Jackson), Martin Luther King, Jr., and Al Gore—so why not extend that meeting space from downtown to the world's busiest airport? Also, because the world coming in and out of here shouldn't miss the fried chicken and catfish, country-fried steak, mac 'n' cheese, or Southern veg. [Main Terminal Atrium, Concourse A, Concourse C]
[Photo: John Maley]

SweetWaterDraftHouse_150x100.jpg3) SweetWater Draft House & Grill: Favorite local brewery, SweetWater is the tap of choice at this pub serving up burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and the like. Word on the street is: go for the local and domestic beers, watch some sports, but don't expect a whole lot from the grub itself. [Concourse B]
[Photo: Hartsfield-Jackson International]

ChickfilA_150x100.jpg4) Chick-fil-A: Hometown franchise, Chick-fil-A, wants you to know that they "Didn't Invent The Chicken. Just The Chicken Sandwich." You'll find that many a Southerner agrees, some going so far as calling the fried chicken breast between buttered buns along with "two crucial pickles" the closest they've come to crack. Add waffle fries on the fly and try not to make it a habit. [Concourse A]
[Photo: Hartsfield-Jackson International]


Best Bets Outside Hartsfield-Jackson International

(You'll need at least three hours to get there, eat, and get back.)

TheFeedStore_150x100.jpg1) The Feed Store: Southern food's the thing at The Feed Store, housed in a historic, family-owned (um) feed store. Run by chef Peter Golaszewski, formerly of the Buckhead Ritz-Carlton, the dishes (bbq duck spaghetti, shrimp and grits, fried chicken with Coca-Cola baked beans) are more of a Northerner's perspective on Southern, but we hear that the desserts (sweet potato pecan pie with sorghum ice cream) are can't-miss. [3841 Main Street, College Park, 5 minutes from the airport]
[Photo: The Feed Store]

TheManchesterArms_150x100.jpg2) The Manchester Arms: Looking for "casual fine family dining?" Okay, we don't know what that is, either. But what you should be looking for at The Manchester Arms is fish and chips. The British pub's are as good as you'll get, unless you happen to be flying to England. If flying solo, just make sure you call a cab to the airport before downing a couple pints, Britain-style. [1705 Virginia Avenue, College Park, 8 minutes from the airport]
[Photo: The Manchester Arms]

PhoDaiLoi_150x100.jpg3) Pho Dai Loi: The Forest Park outpost of Buford Highway's Pho Dai Loi is absolutely worth the quick ride from the airport. The Vietnamese restaurant's massive menu includes starters like cha gio (spring rolls) and goi cuon (shrimp and basil rolls), and a long list of bun choices (faves are lemongrass chicken and finely sliced pork skin), plus out-of-this-world Pho (glorious, glorious soup), available in a dozen beef-broth variations. Five out of five pho-heads agree. Go get you some. [4061 Jonesboro Rd, Forest Park, 15 minutes from the airport]
[Photo: Facebook, BuHi location]

· All previous Hartsfield-Jackson coverage on Eater Atlanta [-EATL-]

More Eater Airport Dining Guides

1) New York City: John F. Kennedy (JFK) | LaGuardia (LGA) | Newark (EWR)
2) Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
3) San Francisco: SF International (SFO) | Oakland International (OAK)
4) Washington, DC: Washington Dulles (IAD) | Reagan National (DCA) | Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
5) Boston: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
6) Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
7) Miami: Miami International Airport (MIA)
8) New Orleans: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
9) Chicago: O'Hare International Airport (ORD) | Chicago Midway (MDW)
10) Houston: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) | William P. Hobby (HOU)
11) Austin: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
12) Dallas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
13) Denver: Denver International Airport (DIA)
14) Portland, OR: Portland International Airport (PDX)
15) Seattle, WA: Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA)
16) Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP)
17) Barcelona: Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)

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