With travel resuming at airports around the country, it’s highly likely at some point people will travel out of, to, or through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — now the world’s second busiest airport after holding the number one spot for over 20 years.
As Delta Air Lines in Atlanta blossomed in the 1960s and more businesses set up shop here, the populations of the city and its sprawling metropolitan region have boomed. Likewise, people travel to Atlanta from across the United States and the world for work or to attend various conferences and events, with Hartsfield-Jackson often being the first place welcoming visitors to ATL.
Hartsfield-Jackson keeps an updated list online of restaurants, markets, and food kiosks open in its domestic terminal and seven concourses. And, thanks to fine dining options such as One Flew South and Ecco and an influx of local Atlanta restaurants-turned-concourse outposts (plus, Shake Shack and Bobby’s Burger Palace), the increasingly diverse food options found at the Atlanta airport are better than ever.
Check out where to eat at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, from travelers running late and in need of a quick bite to those who want to sit down and enjoy a leisurely meal with a glass of wine or a cocktail before a cross-Atlantic flight.
Disclaimer: A number of COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place by federal mandate at airports across the country, including requiring people to wear face masks inside airports and on airplanes.
Local Restaurants to Know
One Flew South: Ranked consistently as one of the best airport restaurants in the world, One Flew South is Hartsfield-Jackson's first upscale establishment, and it delivers. Chef Duane Nutter left to open a restaurant in Mobile, Ala., but longtime veteran Jared Hall has stepped in to lead the kitchen. The One Flew South team continues to provide excellent food, service, and solid cocktails to make the airport experience as easy as possible. International ticket not required to access. [Concourse E]
Paschal's Southern Cuisine: This 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. The restaurant opened at Hartsfield-Jackson in 1979 — serving people coming in and out of the ATL their famous fried chicken and catfish, country-fried steak, mac 'n' cheese, or Southern vegetable plates. [Concourse B]
Grindhouse Killer Burgers: A full-service Grindhouse outpost is open at D30. Get build-your-own burgers, shakes, fries, and drinks. Look for the robot mural. Fans of the restaurant's intown and Athens locations will recognize it instantly. A second location resides in T Gate near north security with its own seating and large projector screen. Both are good places to post up pre-flight. [Concourse D]
Ecco: This outpost of the popular Midtown restaurant is a great option for those who wish to relax with a glass of wine and a nice meal before a flight — or on an unexpectedly long layover. [Concourse F]
[Open Concourse C, Temporarily closed Concourse F] The Original El Taco: The VaHi restaurant has an outpost in the international terminal and Concourse C and is serving up items such as fried chicken tacos to hungry travelers. [Concourse C, Concourse F]
Chicken + Beer: The restaurant from Chris Bridges — better known as superstar Atlanta rapper Ludacris — resides near D5. Fried chicken is on the menu, obviously, but diners will also find stout-braised beef cheeks, crawfish and corn fritters, rosemary-garlic tater tots, and more modern Southern dishes. [Concourse D]
Atlanta Chophouse: This steakhouse in the airport's atrium has steaks (duh) and beer, but it also has meeting rooms available for business groups to rent and, apparently, an excellent reuben sandwich. [Atrium]
[Temporarily closed] LottaFrutta: The popular Old Fourth Ward fruit and sandwich shop has a small spot near B23. Like the in-town original, the airport location focuses on pressed sandwiches, fresh fruit cups, and smoothies. [Concourse B]
Popeyes: While not necessarily local to Atlanta, the fried chicken and chicken sandwiches are getting a lot of hype these days thanks to emerging fast-casual brands and Nashville's hot chicken trend. But, sometimes, nothing beats the simple pleasures of Popeye’s fried chicken. [Concourse B, Concourse D]
Last Cast Bar and Grill: SweetWater Brewing’s restaurant is open on Concourse B. The food at Last Cast is designed for beer pairing so, expect a lot of burgers, fries, pretzel bites with mustard, and tacos on the menu here. Breakfast as well as grab-and-go food is also offered. [Concourse B]
Krispy Kreme: The super popular North Carolina-based doughnut chain brings its hot glazed doughnuts and coffee to the food court in the atrium of Concourse C. [Concourse C, Atrium]
The Atlanta airport keeps an updated list online of restaurants and food stalls open in the domestic terminal and seven concourses. Days and times for individual restaurants and food stalls are subject to change.
Atlanta Chophouse, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Atrium NE.
Auntie Anne’s, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Atrium NE.
Burger King, 5 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Atrium SE.
Popeyes, Su-Fr, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Starbucks, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Atrium NE.
TGI Friday’s, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Atrium NW.
IHOP, open 24 hours. Atrium SW.
La Madeleine, 24 hours. Atrium NE.
Shanes Rib Shack, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Atrium SE.
TJ’s Craft Sandwiches, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Atrium SW
Teriyaki Experience, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Atrium SE.
We Juice It, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Atrium NW.
Atlanta Stillhouse, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. T14.
Bojangles, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. T7.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., T6.
Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m., T12, closed Sat/Su.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. T11.
Papi’s Caribbean Cafe, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. T8.
Subway, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., T6.
TGI Friday’s, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., grab and go; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., dine-in, T4.
Uncle Maddio’s, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., T10
Z Market, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., T10.
Argo Tea & Cafe, 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. T11.
Auntie Anne’s, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., T15.
Corner Bakery Cafe, 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. T3.
Corner Bakery Cafe kiosk, 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. T13.
Jamba Juice, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. T3.
Asian Chao, Su, Tu, Fr, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Mon, Sat, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. A3.
Atlanta Bread & Bar, Sat-Wed, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Th, Fr, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., grab and go, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. A12.
Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. A34.
Boar's Head Deli, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A Centerpoint.
Boar's Head Kiosk, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. A15, A21, A28, A4.
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A Centerpoint.
Caribou Coffee, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. A2.
Cat Cora's Kitchen, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. A25.
Chick-fil-A, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. A Centerpoint, closed Sun.
Dunkin Donuts, 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A28
Freshëns, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. A25, closed Tues, Wed, Sat.
Goldberg's Bagels Deli, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A16.
Gordon Biersch, 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. A Centerpoint (upper level).
Great Wraps, 8 p.m. to 8 p.m., A Centerpoint.
Low Country New Southern Cuisine, 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. A Centerpoint.
McDonald's, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A11.
P.F. Chang's, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. A Centerpoint (upper level).
Piece of Cake, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A Centerpoint.
Pinkberry, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Closed Wed/Sat, A9.
Qdoba Mexican Grill, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. A Centerpoint.
Shake Shack, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., near gate A28
TAP, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. A3.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. A12.
Varasano's Pizzeria, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. A Centerpoint
Z Market, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. A26
Asian Chao, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Atlanta Bread Company Kiosk, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. B7.
Auntie Anne’s, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. B23
Blue Moon Brewhouse 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. B11.
Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. B26.
Coffee Beanery/Purple Leaf Cafe, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. B3. Closed Tu/Sat.
Dunkin' Donuts, 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. B26.
Fresh 2 Order, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Freshëns, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Tu/Wed. B9.
Paschal's, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Popeyes, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. B13.
Proof of the Pudding Kiosk, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. B10, B24.
Samuel Adams Bar, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Savi Provisions, Su, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wed-Fr, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tu, Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centerpoint
Sweetwater Last Cast Bar and Grill, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. B31.
TGI Friday's, M-F, 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sa/Su, 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., B Centerpoint.
TGI Friday's To Go, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. B8.
Wendy’s, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Centerpoint.
Willy's Mexican Grill, M-F, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sa/Su 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Z Market, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., B26.
Boar’s Head Kiosk, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. B32.
Cafe Intermezzo, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. B Centerpoint.
Cafe Tazza, 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. B Centerpoint.
LottaFrutta, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. B23.
Atlanta Bread Company, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. C Centerpoint.
Auntie Anne’s, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. C17.
Bantam and Biddy, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., C Centerpoint. Closed Tu/Sa.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 11 p.m. - 7 p.m., C Centerpoint.
Charley's Philly Steaks, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. C12.
Chick-Fil-A, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. C21. Closed Sun.
Famous Famiglia Pizza, Su-Fri, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Sa, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. C12.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. C41.
Great Wraps, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Centerpoint.
Jersey Mike's Subs, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. C14.
Krispy Kreme, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., C Centerpoint.
La Madeleine, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. C7., C40.
Leeann Chin, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Centerpoint.
Longhorn Steakhouse, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. C13.
Salad Works, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., C Centerpoint.
Starbucks, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. C16.; 5:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., C37.
Sweet Georgia Juke Joint, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. C42.
The Original El Taco, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. C14.
The Varsity, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. C21.
Umaizushi, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. C Centerpoint.
Baja Fresh, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. C44.
Fresh Healthy Café, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. C45.
Links Grill, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. C30.
Pino Gelato, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., C17.
Sbarros, n/a, C42.
The Pecan Bar, 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. C6.
40/40 Club, 12 p.m. - last flight. D Centerpoint.
Asian Chao, Su, Tu, Th, Sa, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; M/F, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. D7.
Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. D8.
Aunt Annie’s, Su, M, F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tu, W, Th, 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. D23.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 12 a.m. - 9 p.m. D Upper Level.
Chicken + Beer, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. D5. Closed Sa.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. D29.
Einstein Bros. Bagels, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. D Centerpoint.
Famous Famiglia, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. D Centerpoint.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. D11.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers, 7 a.m. - last flight. D30.
Harvest + Grounds, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. D9.
Mustard Seed BBQ, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. D23.
Phillips Seafood, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. D Centerpoint.
Popeyes, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. D8.
Terrapin Brewery, 1 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. D Upper Level.
The Market by Food and Wine, 6 a.m. to last flight, Centerpoint.
Wolfgang Puck Grab & Go Kiosk, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. D33.
Corner Bakery Cafe kiosk, 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. D12.
Fab Yo, 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. D7.
Freshëns, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. D Centerpoint.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 5 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. D Centerpoint.
Wolfgang Puck Express, 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. D7.
Arby’s, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Boar’s Head Kiosk, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. E26.
Caribou Coffee, M-Th, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Fr-Su, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Freshëns, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. E Centerpoint.
McDonald’s, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Nature’s Table, M-Th, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Fr-Su, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. E Centerpoint.
One Flew South, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. E Centerpoint. Closed Tu.
Piano Bar, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. E Centerpoint.
Qdoba Mexican Grill, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Subway, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. E Centerpoint.
TGI Friday’s, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Villa Pizza Fresh Italian Kitchen, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Blue Moon Brewhouse, 24 hours. E28.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Panda Express, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Sojourner's Cafe, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. E8.
Subway, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. E Centerpoint.
Concourse F — International Terminal
Ecco, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. F Mezzanine.
Lorena Garcia Tapas Atlanta, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. F Mezzanine.
Pei Wei, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. F Mezzanine.
Starbucks, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. F Arrivals, F Mezzanine.
The Varsity, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. F Mezzanine.
Jekyll Island Seafood Company, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. F9.
Maison Mathis Belgium Beer Cafe, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. F3.
Sweet Auburn Market Café, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. F Ticketing.
The Original El Taco, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. F Mezzanine.
The Pecan Bistro, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. F Mezzanine.
- All Atlanta Airport Coverage [EATL]