Celebrity Dining: Where to Eat at Philadelphia International Airport

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Celebrity Dining: Where to Eat at Philadelphia International Airport

Celebrity Dining:

Philadelphia International Airport has stepped up its eating and drinking game in recent years, with big-name chefs setting up shop to ensure no ones goes hungry before a flight or during a layover this summer travel season. The Philly airport (PHL) now has more than 80 dining options, from snacks on the fly to more leisurely meals.

Newly opened at the airport is an outpost of Yards Brewing Company, now pouring its Philly-made beers in Concourse A East. In Concourse E, California Pizza Kitchen just debuted with pizzas and salads.

In the coming weeks, look for Philly restaurateurs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran to open an airport branch of Bud & Marilyn’s, their retro-styled, Midwest-inspired eatery, in Concourse C. Popular cheesesteak spot Jim’s Steaks is also landing soon in Concourse C. Coffee shop Illy Caffe is heading to Concourse A West.

Right now, Concourse B is home to many of the best dining options at PHL, with newer eateries including Germantown Biergarten, from the beer experts who own Tria in Philly; Anne Coll’s Boule Cafe; Hiroyuki Tanaka’s Noobar; and coffee shop La Colombe. Head to Concourse D for Michael Symon’s Bar Symon. The food court in Concourse F offers a good selection of options and plenty of seating, including cheesesteaks at Tony Luke’s, baked goods and sandwiches at Le Bus, and acai bowls at Red Mango. For American Express cardholders of a certain level, Concourse A boasts a Centurion Lounge complete with a Michael Solomonov-designed menu.


Celebrity Dining:

Bar Symon
PHL [official photo]

BEST BETS AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Baba Bar: The Mediterranean fare from Top Chef Nicholas Elmi at Baba Bar includes mezze (hummus, babaganoush, stuffed grape leaves, roasted veggies, and the like), wraps, and kebabs. [Concourse B]

Noobar: Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka, known for Zama in Center City and Cozara in University City, brought his sushi and ramen skills to the airport. Noobar’s open kitchen lets diners watch the sushi chefs in action, and there are grab-and-go sushi and noodle options for those rushing to catch a flight. [Concourse B]

Bar Symon: Celebrity chef Michael Symon brings his pierogies, pulled pork sandwiches, and Fat Doug burgers (coleslaw, pastrami, mustard, and Swiss cheese) to Philly. [Concourse D]

Smashburger: If you’re on the hunt for a burger and fries, Smashburger is a solid choice. [Concourse A West, B/C Connector, F]

Germantown Biergarten: With Tria’s Jon Myerow and Michael McCaulley choosing the beer and wine offerings for this Philly-themed bar, there was never any doubt the drink list would be first rate. [Concourse B]

Philly Pretzel Factory: This outpost of the Philly-favorite soft pretzel purveyor serves egg-and-cheese pretzel sandwiches. [Concourse F]

Mezzogiorno: Say goodbye to sorry slices and hello to real deal Neapolitan pies thanks to Stalin Bedon of Nomad. Along with the signature wood-fired pizzas, Mezzogiorno is offering a menu of light Italian bites ideal for pre-flight grazing. [Concourse B]

La Colombe: Early morning flights have gotten much more bearable thanks to outposts of Philly’s premier homegrown roaster and cafe. No need to suffer through another cup of watery drip when you can get the same expert pours and pastries available at La Colombe’s other locations. [Concourse A East, B, B/C Connector, and E]

Le Bus Cafe: The airport location of this long-running Philly cafe serves sandwiches on top-notch bread and baked goods like muffins and scones. [Concourse F]


Celebrity Dining:

Germantown Biergarten
PHL [official photo]

ALL OPTIONS BY TERMINAL

CONCOURSE A EAST

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • La Colombe: Coffee and baked goods.
  • Currito Burrito: Fusion burritos, salads, and smoothies that are highly customizable for those seeking healthier options or with dietary restrictions.
  • Saladworks: Choose-your-own-salad adventure.
  • Piattino: Neapolitan-style pizza and panini, plus pastas.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Yards Brewing Company: A Philly-based brewery serving beers, plus bites like sandwiches and wraps.
  • Jack Duggan’s Pub: A fairly standard Irish pub.

CONCOURSE A WEST

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Bruegger’s Bagels: You could do worse for a breakfast on-the-go.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
: America runs on it.
  • Good 2 Go: Good enough, anyway. A grab-and-go place to get bottled drinks, snacks, and pre-made salads and sandwiches.
  • Smashburger: The airport locations have limited menus, but still plenty of options. This is your best bet for burgers and fries.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Chickie’s & Pete’s: The Philly chain serving crab fries, crab cakes, wings, sandwiches, and surprisingly good bloody Marys, with TVs for game-watching.
  • La Tapenade: Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, specializing in Mediterranean food.
  • Gachi Sushi & Noodles: Grab a seat at the sushi bar or grab packaged sushi, sashimi, and hot Japanese entrees to go.

Celebrity Dining:

Love Grille
PHL [official photo]

CONCOURSE B

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Soft pretzels, but not Philly-style soft pretzels. If you order most of the pretzels without butter, they’re vegan.
  • La Colombe
  • Cibo Gourmet Express Market: Pre-made sandwiches and salads, packaged snacks, bottled drinks, and an assortments of sundries.
  • SGR: Candy, snacks, La Colombe coffee, souvenirs, and sundries.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Independence Prime: A steakhouse with steak (of course), salads, a kids’ menu, beer, and wine.
  • Baba Bar: A Mediterranean menu of hummus, grape leaves, Greek salad, and kebabs, plus alcohol.
  • Boule Cafe: This French cafe offers breakfast fare, sandwiches, entrees, and pastries, along with coffee, French, Belgian, and local beers, and some cocktails.
  • Germantown Biergarten: The focus is on the beer, wine, and spirits, but there’s beer-friendly food too, like Bavarian pretzels and panini.
  • Love Grille: American bar and grill serving cheesesteaks, half-pound hot dogs, sandwiches, and a few salads.
  • Mezzogiorno: Wood-fired Neapolitan pies.
  • Noobar: Airport sushi doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but this is from sushi expert Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. Noobar also has noodle bowls.
  • Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar: Italian cafe with beer, wine, and cocktails.

Celebrity Dining:

Sky Asian Bistro
PHL [official photo]

CONCOURSE B/C CONNECTOR

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Geno’s Steaks: Cheesesteaks galore from the famed South Philly spot, minus the neon.
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Chick-fil-A
  • La Colombe
  • Pinkberry: Frozen yogurt.
  • Smashburger

Restaurants and Bars

  • Vino Volo: Pricier than many of the alternatives, but with a decent wine list. It’s one of the better places to get a salad or sandwich.
  • Legal Sea Foods: If you need a lobster roll to get into vacation mode, this popular Boston chain has got it covered.
  • Gachi Sushi & Noodles

Celebrity Dining:

Boule Cafe
PHL [official photo]

CONCOURSE C

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Balducci’s: Breakfast sandwiches, lunchtime sandwiches, salads, and pastries to go.
  • Jamba Juice: Smoothies and juices.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen: The fried chicken chain.
  • Burrito Elito: An airport-specific re-brand of California Tortilla.
  • Starbucks

Restaurants and Bars

  • Aldo Lamberti Trattoria: Pizza, salads, and sandwiches from the owners of Positano Coast in Old City and Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill.
  • Sky Asian Bistro: Sushi and dim sum in an attractive space with an open kitchen, so diners can watch the sushi chef roll. It also has wine, sake, and Asian beers.
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s: Crab fries forever.

Celebrity Dining:

Geno’s Steaks
PHL [official photo]

CONCOURSE D

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Mo’ Burger: Never-frozen burgers, fries, tempura-battered portobellos, shakes, and Piecretes (pie blended into frozen custard).
  • Currito Burrito
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Earl of Sandwich: Entirely OK sandwiches.
  • Good 2 Go
  • Green Leaf Beyond Great Salads: Mainly acceptable salads, but there are sandwiches and soups too.
  • Jamba Juice

Restaurants and Bars

  • Bar Symon: Filling eats from Iron Chef Michael Symon like burgers, deli sandwiches, and loaded fries.

CONCOURSE D/E CONNECTOR

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Good 2 Go

Restaurants and Bars

  • Chickie’s & Pete’s
  • Vino Volo

CONCOURSE E

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • La Colombe
  • McDonald’s
  • Sbarro
  • Subway

Restaurants and Bars

  • California Pizza Kitchen: The pizza chain is serving a Philly cheesesteak pizza at this location, plus a pie with a crust made from cauliflower. There are alcoholic drinks too, including sangria.
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s
  • Gachi Sushi & Noodles

Celebrity Dining:

Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar
PHL [official photo]

CONCOURSE F

Grab-and-Go Meals and Snacks

  • Au Bon Pain: Respectable coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and soups.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: Reliable burritos and burrito bowls, with vegan options. The guac is extra.
  • Good 2 Go
  • Le Bus Cafe: Sandwiches on good bread, pastries, and coffee from a long-running Philly favorite.
  • Philly Pretzel Factory: Philly-style soft pretzels, a.k.a. the best soft pretzels.
  • Red Mango: For a fro-yo fix.
  • Sbarro
  • Smashburger
  • Tony Luke’s: Get in one last cheesesteak before take-off.
  • Far East: Chinese dishes and sushi.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Re:Vive: A bar with so-so Tex-Mex fare.
  • Local Tavern: Robust beer selection and a menu of beer-friendly foods like fried calamari, mussels, and a salmon burger.

Celebrity Dining:

Local Tavern
PHL [official photo]

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