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Where to Eat at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW)

eater-airport-dining-guides.pngThe holidays are upon us, which for many will mean a trip or two through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Whether you're facing a long delay due to inclement weather or just meeting a friend to catch up during a layover, it's helpful to be armed with knowledge of the airport's various eateries and bars—sometimes a pre-flight martini (or burrito) can make all the difference.

To celebrate the holiday travelling season we're offering an updated guide to DFW's dining options, from fast food to fancy steakhouses.

DFW's Five Standouts

cousins.jpgCousin's Bar-B-Q: The family-owned Fort Worth barbecue joint has been serving up seriously good sausage and ribs for nearly 30 years, and is certainly one of the more authentic meals to be found at the airport. [B27, D28, post-security]
[Photo: Chad P./Yelp]


urbantacoDFW.jpgUrban Taco: Okay, so it might not exactly be authentic Mexican street tacos (certainly the prices aren't), but for a quick pre-flight meal you could hardly hope for better than an aqua fresca and an al pastor torta with avocado crema, or chilaquiles with chicken and scrambled eggs. [C22, post-security]
[Photo: Conrad R./Yelp]


grandmet.jpgGrand Hyatt DFW's Grand Met and M Lounge: The Grand Met offers a menu with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influence and a comfortable setting to enjoy a multi-course meal. The neighboring M Lounge is a hotspot for layovers with its upscale apps, cocktails and new sushi offerings. [D23, pre-security, lobby level]
[Photo: Grand Met/Official]


reatagrill.jpgReata Grill: An extension of Fort Worth's Reata, DFW's location provides cowboy cuisine and Southwestern spice for international travelers. Try the tenderloin tamales or chicken-fried steak for a little taste of Cowtown. [D33, post-security, upper level]
[Photo: Tate P./Yelp]


LaBodega.jpgLa Bodega Winery: If you find yourself at the airport in serious need of a drink, you're certainly not alone. Luckily, La Bodega not only offers a solid selection of wines by the glass (including a selection of Texas wines and offerings from its sister winery, La Buena Vida in nearby Grapevine), but also cheese plates to soak up the booze. Just remember, they won't let you on the plane if you appear smashed, so imbibe responsibly. [D14, post-security]
[Photo: Brian M./Yelp]

Bolding denotes Eater's seal of approval.

Terminal A/American Airlines

All post-security; some locations may be affected by terminal renovation

A Quick Meal

· Au Bon Pain: deli fare, pastry [A25, A38]
· Auntie Anne's Pretzels: the dependable dough depot [A25, A39]
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit: the Dallas-born chain [A18]
· Dunkin Donuts: coffee, pastry, breakfast sandwiches [A28]
· East Side Mario's: pizza and pasta [A38]
· Grove Natural Snacks: popcorn, all-natural bites, Italian sodas [A39]
· KFC [A25]
· Manchu Wok [A25]
· McDonald's [A25]
· Natalie's Candy Jar: bulk and brand-name candy [A22, A35]
· Pizza Hut Express [A25]
· Red Mango Yogurt [A25]
· Starbucks [A29, A33, A37]
· Salt Lick BBQ [A16]
· Subway [A33]
· Teavana: specialty teas and tea accessories [A16]

Fast Casual/Bars

· Cowtown Bar: basic beer and cocktails with American fare [A35]

A Leisurely Meal

· Pappadeaux: Cajun seafood [A24]
· Pappasito's Cantina: Tex-Mex [A28]


Terminal B/American Eagle

All post-security

A Quick Meal

· Au Bon Pain: deli fare, pastry [B22]
· Dunkin Donuts [B7]
· Freshens Yogurt: smoothies, parfaits, soft-serve yogurt [B7]
· Pizza Hut Express [B10]
· Starbucks [B8, B14, B28]
· Subway [B16]

Fast Casual/Bars

· Chili's Too: the mini airport version of the burger chain [B20]
· T.G.I. Friday's [B10]
· Texas Stadium Skybox, Bar: sports bar [B6]
· UFood Grill: healthier fast options [B8]


Terminal C/American Airlines

All post-security

A Quick Meal

· Au Bon Pain: deli fare, pastry [C22, C33]
· Auntie Anne's Pretzels: [C12, C22]
· Blimpie [C6]
· Cereality: hot and cold cereals with custom options [C6]
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit: the Dallas-born chain [C6]
· Freshens Yogurt: smoothies, parfaits, soft-serve yogurt [C6, C35]
· Grove Natural Snacks: popcorn, all-natural bites, Italian sodas [C14]
· Haagen Dazs: ice cream, sorbet, desserts, beverages [C17]
· Manchu Wok [C22]
· McDonald's [C6, C22]
· Pizza Hut Express [C6]
· Red Mango Yogurt [C22]
· Smoothie King [C14]
· Starbucks [C6, C8, C21, C27]
· Taco Bell Express [C14]
· Uno Due Go: Uno's deep dish pizzas [C33]
· Wendy's [C14]

Fast Casual/Bars

· Chili's Too: the mini airport version of the chain [C16]
· T.G.I. Friday's: [C8, C29]
· Texas Stadium Skybox, Bar: sports bar [C25]
· Urban Taco: tacos, tortas, burritos, salads [C22]


Terminal D/International

All post-security, unless noted

A Quick Meal

· 360 Gourmet Burritos [D18]
· Au Bon Pain: deli fare, pastry (pre-security) [D22]
· Auntie Anne's Pretzels: [D12, D36]
· Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream [D12, D27]
· Cantina Laredo: modern Mexican food and margaritas [D24]
· Cousin's Bar-B-Q: barbecue from a family-run Fort Worth mainstay [D28]
· Einstein Bros. Bagels: bagels, breakfast sandwiches, sandwiches, soups, salads [D18]
· Fuddrucker's: burgers with DIY condiment and fixings bar [D18]
· Grove Soda Fountain: classic-style soda fountain with all-natural snack items [D22]
· Jamba Juice [D27]
· McDonald's [D33]
· Moka: specialty coffee drinks, light snacks from breakfast through late night hours [D23, pre-security]
· Pizza Vino [D18, upper level]
· Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits [D22]
· Railhead BBQ [D18]
· Smoothie King [D22]
· Starbucks [D12, D25, D28, pre-security D30]

Fast Casual/Bars

· Blue Bamboo Xpress: counter-service Japanese entrees and sushi [D31]
· Blue Mesa Taco & Tequila Bar: Southwestern fare and margaritas [D31]
· III Forks: Airport branch of the legendary North Dallas steakhouse [D27, upper level]
· Cool River Cafe: steaks and seafood with full bar [D25]
· Grand Hyatt DFW's M Lounge: full upscale bar with microbrews, sushi (Mondays through Saturdays), and small plates [D23, pre-security]
· La Bodega Winery: wine and cheese plates [D14]
· T.G.I. Friday's [D34]
· Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant: Irish pub fare, from Shepherd's pie to boxty [D20]

A Leisurely Meal

· Grand Hyatt DFW's Grand Met: upscale global menu with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim focus [D23, pre-security]
· Reata Grill: cowboy and Southwestern cuisine. Try the tenderloin tamales or chicken-fried steak. [D33, upper level]
· Mister G's at the Hyatt Regency: Dark, old-school steakhouse that reeks of old money [Terminal D, pre-security]


Terminal E/Delta, Spirit, United and others

All post-security

A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne's Pretzels [E15]
· Burger King [E6]
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit: the Dallas-born chain [E12, E23]
· Dunkin Donuts [E6]
· Freshens Yogurt: smoothies, parfaits, soft-serve yogurt [E6, E36]
· Grove Natural Snacks: popcorn, all-natural bites, Italian sodas [E6]
· Haagen Dazs: ice cream, sorbet, desserts, beverages [E15]
· Manchu Wok [E15]
· Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits [E15]
· Starbucks [E8, E26, E31]
· Taco Bell Express [E15
· Uno Due Go: Uno's deep dish pizzas [E36]

Fast Casual/Bars

· Home Team Sports Bar & Grill [E31]
· Rider's World Bar: motorcycle-themed bar [E15]
· T.G.I. Friday's [E17]
· Tequileria: Tex-Mex with wide selection of tequila and margaritas [E12]


· All Airport Dining Guides Coverage on Eater Dallas [-EDFW-]

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