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Where To Eat At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

The best spots for dining before and after your flight

Summer travel season has arrived, which means that it’s time for an update of Eater Dallas’ guide to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. One of the largest and busiest airports in the country, DFW offers a surprisingly diverse array of dining options, ranging from reliable chains to Texas institutions and restaurants from some of the city’s best chefs.

The best restaurants at DFW can be found in Terminal D, where international flights depart, but there’s plenty to eat — and drink — no matter where your gate is. Whether you’re looking for a sit-down steak dinner during a lengthy layover or a quick sandwich and cup of coffee before your trip, consult this terminal-by-terminal guide to the best dining options at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Drink among legends at the Dallas Cowboys Club
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Best Bets At DFW

  • Whitetail Bistro by Kent Rathbun — The newest restaurant from iconic Dallas chef Kent Rathbun, Whitetail Bistro serves up French-inspired fare made with local ingredients. Kick off your morning with a pan-fried quail biscuit sandwich, or stop in for dinner to enjoy dishes like tamarind glazed salmon and lacquered crispy duck served with bacon and braised kale. [post-security, Terminal D, gate D22]
  • Dallas Cowboys Club — Fans of America’s Team will definitely want to stop by for a drink at this swanky lounge. The space is decorated with photos of Cowboys legends, the booze is cold, and the menu of Tex-Mex fare is perfect for fueling up before a flight. Come football season, you can also catch a few downs on the bar’s many televisions. [post-security, Terminal A, gate A22]
  • Banh Shop — Terminal D is arguably the Airport’s best dining destination, and this Vietnamese sandwich shop is a must. Pair your grilled steak or tofu on baguette with Vietnamese chicken soup or a riff on elotes (Mexican street corn) made with coconut milk and red pepper. [post-security, Terminal D, gate D10]
  • Cool River Cafe — A perennial airport favorite serving up sandwiches, burgers, steaks and more. For times when fast food just won’t cut it, Cool River Cafe offers up food that doesn’t feel like it’s served in an airport. [post-security, Terminal D, gate D25]
  • Love Shack — Located in Terminal E, celebrity chef Tim Love offers his Texas-inspired take on the classic cheeseburger at Love Shack. Top yours as you please, and save room for a side of those crispy thin fries. [post-security, Terminal E, gate E11]
  • Stampede 66 Express — If you didn’t make it to Stephan Pyles’ upscale Southwestern eatery in Uptown Dallas, this spot for smoked meats, sandwiches, and kid-friendly dishes offers the next best option. [Post-security, Terminal D, gate D28]
  • Cousins Bar-B-Q — DFW Airport has plenty of barbecue options, but not all smoked meats are created equally. Recognized as one of the state’s best smokehouses, this family-owned joint serves up brisket, ribs, and a bounty of sides that will induce a meat coma perfect for in-flight sleeping. [post-security, Terminal B, gate B47]
  • Lorena Garcia Tapas Y Cocina — Celebrity chef and cookbook author Lorena Garcia doesn’t operate any Dallas restaurants outside of the airport, but her tapas-focused dishes (think marinated olives, Peruvian corn gratin, and ropa vieja) are probably the best dining option in Terminal A. [post-security, Terminal A, gate A33]
Lorena Garcia Tapas Y Cocina
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Terminal A

  • Bleu Mediterranean Bar — A comfy spot for cocktails & Mediterranean fare like flatbreads, soups, salads, and falafel. [Post-security, gate A9]
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels [two post-security locations at gate A9 and gate A11.]
  • TGI Fridays — [post-security, gate A13]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts [post-security, gate A13]
  • Ling & Louie’s — Asian fusion fare like sushi, lettuce wraps, and wok-fried rice bowls alongside American classics like meatloaf & burgers. [Post-security, gate A13]
  • Icebox Cafe Bakery, A14 — Sweet treats like brownies, cakes, and pies are on offer, alongside coffee & tea.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen [post-security, gate A16]
  • The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que — A Hill Country barbecue icon. [Post-security, gate A16]
  • Qdoba — Quick-serve quesadillas, tacos and more. [post-security, gate A16]
  • Vino Volo — Swanky spot for wine and a selection of dishes that were created to pair with the perfect red or white. [post-security, gate A17]
  • McDonald’s — [two post-security locations, one at gate A17 and another at gate A34.]
  • Pinkberry — [two post-security locations at gate A19 and gate A25]
  • Starbucks — [post-security, gate A20]
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, [post-security, gate A21]
  • Dallas Cowboys Club — Best Bet, see above. (Post-security, gate A22)
  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen — Texas-based chain with Cajun seafood (blackened catfish, perhaps?) and fresh oysters from the Gulf and East Coast. [Post-security, gate A24]
  • Twisted Root — Popular local burger joint with a variety of proteins and boozy milkshakes. [post-security, gate A25]
  • La Madeleine — French-inspired cafe with soups, salads, and sandwiches. [Post-security, gate A25]
  • Pappasito’s Cantina — Tex-Mex classics like queso, tamales, enchiladas, and of course, margaritas. [post-security, gate A28]
  • California Pizza Kitchen [post-security, gate A29]
  • Lorena Garcia Tapas Y Cocina, A33 — Best Bet, see above. [Post-security, gate A33]
  • Au Bon Pain [post-security, gate A34]
Kent Rathbun’s Hickory
DFW Airport

Terminal B

  • Icebox Cafe — Sweet treats & coffee drinks. [post-security, gate B4]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts [two post-security locations at gate B6 and gate B43]
  • Red Mango — Frozen yogurt. [post-security, gate B10]
  • TGI Fridays [post-security, gate B10]
  • Smashburger [post-security, gate B12]
  • Starbucks Coffee [two post-security locations at gate B15 and B28]
  • Hickory — A barbecue joint from Chef Kent Rathbun that smokes its briskets, pork shoulder, and spare ribs on site. [Post-security, B20]
  • Subway [post-security, B24]
  • Cantina Laredo — Tex-Mex spot with strong margaritas and solid fajitas. [post-security, gate B28]
  • Wingstop [post-security, gate B28]
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels [post-security, gate B29]
  • Rodeo Bar — Quick spot for a beer or shot of whiskey before departure. [post-security, B32]
  • UFood Grill — Quick spot for healthy eats. Burgers, fries, and sandwiches are on offer, but everything on the menu is baked, steamed, or grilled. Unlike the rest of the airport, there’s no fried food in sight. [post-security, gate B40]
  • McDonald’s [post-security, gate B41]
  • Baskin-Robbins [post-security, gate B43]
  • Cousins Bar-B-Q — Best Bet, see above. [post-security, gate B47]
Brisket sandwich heaven at Cousin’s Bar-B-Q
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q/Facebook

Terminal C

  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — Chain barbecue joint that can totally be skipped. [post-security, gate C6]
  • Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen — Cajun fare and a full bar. [post-security, gate C14]
  • Pappasito’s Cantina — Tex-Mex and margaritas. [post-security, gate C19]
  • McDonald’s [two post-security locations at gate C6 and gate C22]
  • Freshens Smoothies & Yogurt [two post-security locations at gate C6 and gate C35.]
  • Pizza Hut Express [post-security, gate C6]
  • Starbucks Coffee [three post-security locations at gate C8, gate C21, and gate C27)
  • TGI Fridays [two post-security locations at gate C8 and gate C29]
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels [two post-security locations at gate C12 and gate C22.]
  • Bleu Mediterranean Bar — A comfy spot for cocktails & Mediterranean fare like flatbreads, soups, salads, and falafel. [post-security, gate C14]
  • Chalice Beer Cafe — Perfect spot to chill during a long layover with lots of brews to get you through. [Post-security, gate C14]
  • Chili’s Too [post-security, gate C16]
  • Blue Mesa — Tex-Mex fare including nachos, salads, quesadillas, and plenty of tequila-based cocktails. [post-security, gate C17]
  • Au Bon Pain [post-security, gate C22]
  • Red Mango Yogurt [post-security, gate C22]
  • Chick-Fil-A [post-security, gate C25]
  • Boar’s Head Deli — Sandwiches & wraps. [post-security, gate C27]
Banh Shop DFW Airport
Banh Shop. [Photo: DFW Airport/Facebook]
DFW Airport

Terminal D

  • Banh Shop — Best Bet, see above. [post-security, gate D10]
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream [post-security, gate D12]
  • Starbucks Coffee [three post-security locations at gate D12, gate D25, and gate D28.]
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels [two post-security locations at gate D12 and gate 36]
  • Rio Mambo — Tex-Mex. [post-security, gate D17]
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels [post-security, gate D18]
  • Pizza Vino — Pies all day (including breakfast offerings) and wine. [post-security, upper level, gate D18]
  • Railhead BBQ — Texas-style smoked meats, including brisket, chicken, turkey, ham, and sausage. [post-security, gate D18]
  • Tigin Irish Pub — Classic pub fare including fish & chips, Guinness-spiked barbecue chicken wings, and shepherd’s pie. [post-security, gate D20]
  • Whitetail Bistro by Kent Rathbun — Best Bet, see above. [post-security, gate D22]
  • Abacus — A longstanding Dallas restaurant originally started by Chef Kent Rathbun. Swanky small plates like lobster shooters and seared foie gras are on offer, alongside cocktails and wine. [post-security, gate D22]
  • Grand Met — Upscale spot for sushi and martinis. [before security, gate D23]
  • Moka — Coffee, breakfast pastries, snacks & more. [before security, gate D23]
  • Grand Hyatt DFW's M Lounge — upscale bar with craft beer, cocktails, sushi, and small plates [D23, pre-security]
  • Mister G's at the Hyatt Regency — Dark, old-school steakhouse that reeks of old money. [Terminal D, pre-security]
  • Cantina Laredo — Tex-Mex fare and plenty of margaritas. [post-security, gate D24]
  • Cool River Cafe — Best Bet, see above. [post-security, gate D25]
  • Artisan Market — Grab & go soups, salads, and sandwiches. [post-security, gate D27]
  • Cru Wine Bar — Wines by the glass, stone-fired pizzas, and dessert in a chic space. [post-security, gate D27]
  • III Forks Prime Steakhouse — USDA prime cuts of beef, crab cakes, and classic steakhouse sides. [Post-security, upper level, gate D27]
  • Stampede 66 Express by Stephan Pyles — Smoked barbecue plates, sandwiches, sides, and kid-friendly options. [post-security, gate D27]
  • McDonald’s [post-security, gate D33]
  • Reata Grill — An airport outpost of a Fort Worth legend, Texas inspired dishes like huevos rancheros, grilled ribeye, and chicken fried steak are on offer. [post-security, upper level, gate D33]
  • Lavazza Coffee [post-security, gate D34]
  • The Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck — Pastas, pizzas, and Italian classics like eggplant parmesan, spaghetti, and vegetarian lasagna. [post-security, gate D34]
Chef Tim Love’s Love Shack in Terminal E
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Terminal E

  • Love Shack — A thoroughly Texan burger joint from Chef Tim Love. [post-security, gate E11]
  • Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse — A Dallas barbecue institution with smoked meat plates and hot, fluffy yeast rolls. [post-security, gate E13]
  • Camille’s Ice Cream Bars — Ice cream, yogurt, and fruit pops that can be dunked in chocolate and garnished with a variety of toppings. [post-security, gate E13]
  • TGI Fridays [post-security, gate E17]
  • Sports 88 — A sports bar from Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson serving barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and more. [post-security, gate E5]
  • Cereality — A wide variety of cereals and even more toppings, chosen by you and prepared by pajama-wearing “cereologists.” [post-security, gate E21]
  • Blimpie [post-security, gate E21]
  • Blue Mesa Taco & Tequila Bar — Queso, tacos, fajitas, and margaritas. [post-security, gate E31]
  • Boar’s Head Deli [post-security, gate E26]
  • Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt [post-security, gate E26]
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels [post-security, gate E27]
  • Starbucks Coffee [two post-security locations at gate E27 and gate E34]
  • Genghis Grill — Build-your-own Asian stir-fry bowls [post-security, gate E33]
  • Wendy’s [post-security, gate E33]
  • Uno Due Go — Breakfast, pizza, paninis, sandwiches, and more. [post-security, gate E36]

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