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Everything You Need to Know About Dining and Drinking at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

As travelers slowly return to the skies, here’s where to eat at Dallas-Fort Worth’s busiest airport

One of the world’s busiest airports, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport plays host to more than 64 million travelers each and every year. As such, DFW Airport is home to a slew of restaurants hoping to cater to those travelers, with options that range across a wide variety of cuisines, dining styles, and price points.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the airport’s restaurants scaled back operations or closed altogether, but the dining situation is slowly stabilizing. Browse through the guide below for a terminal-by-terminal look at DFW Airport’s extensive line-up of restaurants, and note that face coverings are still required in all airport facilities, except when seated at a table and actively dining.

Terminal A

Here, your best bet is to score some Texas barbecue at the Salt Lick, or sit down for margaritas and queso at Pappasito’s Cantina.

  • Bleu Mediterranean Bar — A comfy spot for cocktails & Mediterranean fare like flatbreads, soups, salads, and falafel. [gate A9]
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — [gate A21]
  • The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que — A Hill Country barbecue icon. [gate A16]
  • Twisted Root — Popular local burger joint with a variety of proteins and boozy milkshakes. [gate A25]
  • Dallas Cowboys Club — A self-explanatory bar-restaurant devoted to America’s Team. [gate A21]
  • California Pizza Kitchen — A popular West Coast pizza chain offering an assortment of loaded pies made-to-order. [gate A29]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — [gate A13]
  • Vino Volo — Wine, enough said. [gate A17]
  • Qdoba — [gate A16]
  • La Madeleine — French-inspired cafe with soups, salads, and sandwiches. [gate A25]
  • Ling & Louie’s — Asian fusion fare like sushi, lettuce wraps, and wok-fried rice bowls alongside American classics like meatloaf & burgers. [gate A13]
  • McDonald’s — [gate A17 and gate A34]
  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen — Texas-based chain with Cajun seafood (blackened catfish, perhaps?) and fresh oysters from the Gulf and East Coast. [gate A24]
  • Pappasito’s Cantina — Tex-Mex classics like queso, tamales, enchiladas, and of course, margaritas. [gate A28]
  • Pinkberry — [gate A19 and gate A25]
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen — [gate A16]
  • Lorena Garcia Tapas y Cocina — Celebrity-chef airport eatery with cocktails, tapas, and entrees like mojo-marinated pork tenderloin.
  • La Creme Coffee & Tea — [gate A34]
  • Panera Bread — [gate A34]
  • Whisk & Bowl [gate A14]

Terminal B

Locally owned barbecue favorite Cousins BBQ is a solid option here, as is the equally smoky Hickory, operated by Dallas celebrity chef Kent Rathbun. Not feeling brisket? Head to Cantina Laredo for fajitas and beer.

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — [gate B29]
  • Cousins BBQ — Juicy brisket that will make napping on the plane much easier. [gate B43]
  • Baskin-Robbins — [gate B43]
  • Cantina Laredo — Tex-Mex spot with strong margaritas and solid fajitas. [gate B28]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — [gate B6 and gate B43]
  • Hickory — A barbecue joint from Chef Kent Rathbun that smokes its briskets, pork shoulder, and spare ribs on site. [gate B20]
  • Cousins Back Porch — Bar with smoked meats from Cousins. [gate B47]
  • McDonald’s — [gate B41]
  • Panda Express — [gate B15]
  • Red Mango — frozen yogurt [gate B10]
  • Starbucks — [gate B29]
  • Rodeo Bar — Quick spot for a beer or shot of whiskey before departure. [gate B32]
  • Smashburger — [gate B12]
  • Subway — [gate B24]
  • TGI Fridays — [gate B10]
  • Wingstop — [gate B28]
Brisket sandwich heaven at Cousin’s Bar-B-Q
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q/Facebook

Terminal C

Local options don’t exactly abound in Terminal C, but there’s plenty of quick dining options, plus Cajun dishes at popular Texas-born chain Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen.

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — [gate C12 and gate C22]
  • Baskin-Robbins — [gate C17]
  • Bleu Mediterranean Bar — A comfy spot for cocktails and Mediterranean fare like flatbreads, soups, salads, and falafel. [gate C11]
  • Boar’s Head Deli — [gate C27]
  • Caribou Coffee — [gate C6]
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels — [gate C6]
  • Chick-fil-A — [gate C25]
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — Chain barbecue joint that can totally be skipped. [gate C6]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — [gate C17]
  • Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt — [gate C35]
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy — [gate C17]
  • McDonald’s — [gate C22]
  • Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen — Cajun fare and a full bar [gate C14]
  • Pappasito’s Cantina — Tex-Mex and margaritas. [gate C19]
  • Pinkberry — [gate C22]
  • Pizza Hut Express — [gate C6 and gate C22]
  • Beer Union — [gate C27]
  • Starbucks Coffee — [gate C8 and gate C21]
  • TGI Fridays — [gate C8 and gate C29]
  • Whisk & Bowl — [gate C12]

Terminal D

Belly up to the bar at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium for a local brew, or hit Kent Rathbun’s Whitetail Bistro for a selection of top-notch snacks and cocktails.

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — [gate D12 and gate D36]
  • Applebee’s — [gate D12]
  • Artisan Market — Sandwiches, soups, and salads made with local ingredients. [gate D27]
  • Bar Louie — [gate D22]
  • Brewed — [gate D25]
  • Cantina Laredo — Tex-Mex fare and plenty of margaritas. [gate D24]
  • Chick-fil-A — [gate D18]
  • Cru Food & Wine Bar — Wines by the glass, stone-fired pizzas, and dessert in a chic space. [gate D27]
  • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium — A locally born spot for beer and bar fare. [gate D18]
  • Subway — [gate D18]
  • Shinsei — Upscale eatery serving sushi and cocktails. [gate D31]
  • McDonald’s — [gate D33]
  • Moka — Coffee, breakfast pastries, snacks & more. [before security, gate D23]
  • Starbucks Coffee — [gate D12, gate D25, gate D28, and D30 ticket hall]
  • The Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck — Pastas, pizzas, and Italian classics like eggplant parmesan, spaghetti, and vegetarian lasagna. [gate D34]
  • Whitetail Bistro by Kent Rathbun — [post-security, gate D22]

Terminal E

Score burgers from much-lauded Fort Worth chef Tim Love, or feast on burgers, fries, and honey butter chicken biscuits from Texas fast food icon Whataburger.

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — [gate E5]
  • Blue Mesa Taco & Tequila Bar — Queso, tacos, fajitas, and margaritas. [gate E31]
  • Caribou Coffee — [gate E13]
  • Chick-fil-A — [gate E6]
  • Drew Pearson’s Sports 88 — Sports bar from legendary Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — [gate E8, gate E5, and bag claim]
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels — [gate E13]
  • TGI Fridays — [gate E17]
  • Love Shack — Burger joint from Fort Worth chef Tim Love. [gate E12]
  • Peet’s Coffee and Tea — [gate E18]
  • TGI Fridays — [gate E17]
  • Panda Express — [gate E33]
  • Starbucks Coffee — [gate E34]
  • Uno Due Go — Breakfast, pizza, panini, sandwiches, and more. [gate E36]
  • Wendy’s — [gate E33]
  • Whataburger — The beloved Texas fast-food chain known for its burgers, honey butter chicken biscuits, and surprisingly stellar ketchup. [gate E27]

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