Airport layovers can be a drag if they last too long. Lucky for people traveling through Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport offers dining for every taste.
Travelers can choose from chain restaurants like Five Guys and Subway, or local restaurants like Ludacris’ Chicken + Beer and the Varsity.
But one of those restaurants stands out among the hundreds of offerings, Thrillist wrote.
“(I)t'd be disingenuous to name anything but upscale One Flew South the airport's best,” it said.
“Specializing in sushi and amped-up regional cuisine (jerk cornish hen, coffee-rubbed lamb ribs) served amid marble ambiance, it actually garnered a James Beard nomination, which would be a big deal even if it wasn't in (an expletive) airport,” Matt Meltzer and Andy Kryza recently wrote.
But the duo went a step further in their assessment: “(T)his is probably the finest airport restaurant in the US, period. And maybe the best airport bar, too.”
One Flew South, with a menu described as "southernational," was a James Beard semifinalist for outstanding service in 2014 and 2015. In addition to sushi, dishes include a pulled duck sandwich, pork belly sliders, and swordfish. Atlanta chef Todd Richards developed the menu.
Last year, Yelp reviewers put One Flew South, found in Terminal E, atop the airport’s restaurant offerings. With nearly a thousand 4.5-star ratings, customers raved about the high-end ambiance, flavor-filled cocktails and “global cuisine, with a refined southern twist.”
Even if there isn’t time to sit for a meal, travelers won’t be disappointed by Hartsfield-Jackson. In a USA Today 10Best survey last year, the airport was voted No. 2 in the country for dining.
“The airport has a robust food and beverage concessions program,” USA Today wrote, “with some 150 and beverage locations. Now the dining selection features full-service restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Phillips Seafood, TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings and Café Intermezzo. Local favorites are also serving up delicious food. Among them: SweetWater Drafthouse & Bar, The Varsity, Atlanta Bread Company, Chick-fil-A, Paschal’s, Atlanta Stillhouse, Ecco, One Flew South and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint.”
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