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eater-airport-dining-guides.pngStuck at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in need of some sustenance (or a stiff drink)? Here's an updated guide to DFW's dining options, from fast food to fancy steakhouses. Do keep your eyes peeled for recent additions like the "lounge-style" security checkpoint at E18 that features "soothing wall art" and "relaxing ambient music," plus comfy couches where you can put your shoes and belt back on; there's also now an airport outpost of reality TV star Richard Rawlings' Gas Monkey Bar & Grill at D31.

DFW's Five Standouts

skycanyonDFW150.jpgSky Canyon: Legendary chef Stephan Pyles brings his elevated Texas cuisine with international flair to a comfortable sit-down setting in the airport with dishes like barbecue brisket tacos, "Freeto" chili pie, veal tagine and butter chicken with cardamom rice, breakfast items including biscuits with chorizo gravy, and desserts such as salted caramel butterscotch pudding. There's also a margarita bar with craft cocktails like a passion fruit-chile margarita for the much-needed post flight drink. [D14, post-security]
[Photo: Sky Canyon]


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]


vinovolodfw.jpgVino Volo: If you find yourself at the airport in serious need of a drink and some R&R, you're certainly not alone. Luckily, two Vino Volo locations are on hand offering a vast selection of boutique wines, cheese plates and other small bites like olives and smoked almonds, plenty of cozy chairs and a plethora of electrical outlets to charge your phone and/or laptop. [A17 and E27, post-security]
[Photo: Vino Volo]


cousins.jpgCousin's Bar-B-Q: The family-owned Fort Worth barbecue joint has been serving up tasty sausage and ribs for nearly 30 years, and it's certainly one of the more authentic meals to be found at the airport. [B27, D28, post-security]
[Photo: Chad P./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: sweet and savory fresh-baked pretzels [A25, A39]
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit: the Dallas-born megachain [A18]
· Dunkin Donuts: coffee, pastry, breakfast sandwiches [A28]
· East Side Mario's: pizza and pasta [A38]
· Einstein Bros. Bagels: bagels, sandwiches, coffee [A11]
· Grove Natural Snacks: popcorn, all-natural bites, Italian sodas [A39]
· Icebox Cafe: In-house baked breakfast pastries, desserts, espresso bar [A13]
· KFC [A25]
· Ling & Louie's: Asian fusion bar & grill (lettuce wraps, flatbreads, rice dishes, plus gluten-free options and full bar) [A13]
· Manchu Wok: "Asian" fast food [A25]
· McDonald's [A25]
· Natalie's Candy Jar: bulk and brand-name candy [A22, A35]
· Pizza Hut Express [A25]
· Popeyes [A16]
· Qdoba: Chipotle-esque fast casual Mexican with tacos, burritos, et al. [A16]
· Red Mango Yogurt [A25]
· Ruta Maya Coffee Bar: get caffeinated for the journey home while you wait for your bags [A15 baggage claim]
· Starbucks [A29, A33, A37]
· Salt Lick BBQ [A16]
· Subway [A33]
· Teavana: specialty teas and tea accessories [A16]
· Vino Volo: a cozy wine bar with an impressive selection of wines, cheese plates and light bites like olives and smoked almonds, comfy chairs and plenty of electrical outlets to charge your phone and/or laptop. [A17]

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 Dallas-born 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: The red-pigtailed fast food legend [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]
· Gas Monkey Bar & GrillFast and Loud star Richard Rawlings' restaurant may not have live music like the original, but it does have burgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and tacos, plus a full bar to get your pre-flight buzz on. [D31]
· Grove Soda Fountain: classic-style soda fountain with all-natural snack items [D22]
· Jamba Juice: smoothies [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: brisket, chicken, turkey, ham, sausage, etc. [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 (potato pancakes) [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]
· Sky Canyon: Texan and international cuisine (plus craft cocktails) from legendary chef Stephan Pyles. [D14]


Terminal E/Delta, Spirit, United and others

All post-security

A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne's Pretzels [E15]
· Boar's Head Deli [E26]
· 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]
· Einstein Bros. Bagels: bagels, bagel sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods [E27]
· 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


· Fly Bar: quick place to grab a pre-flight drink [E27]
· 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]
· Vino Volo: a cozy wine bar with an impressive selection of wines, cheese plates and light bites like olives and smoked almonds, comfy chairs and plenty of electrical outlets to charge your phone and/or laptop. [E27]


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

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