The Terminal: Terminal 1; Concourse G (near gate 2)
The Lowdown: Ever want to grab a quick bite at the Fortress of Solitude before flying back to Metropolis? Then try MINNIBAR, the upscale sandwich shop from chef Andrew Zimmern and OTG, the award-winning airport food and beverage operator. MINNIBAR's got a full bar; an unmistakably modern-icy look and 20 global-inspired sandwiches such as The Sven and Ole with Swedish veal meatballs. A sumptuous tribute to the town's Scandinavian residents.
The Terminal: Terminal E
The Lowdown: Who says airports don't do upscale? As the top culinary standout at the world's busiest airport, One Flew South offers its diners "Southernational" cuisine such as pork belly sliders (lower picture) inside a setting filled with indigenous eye candy. From native heart pine floors and ceilings to the Georgia forest photo mural and Cherokee marble sushi bar, this one is a true homage to the region. And did we mention, it's at an airport.
The Terminal: Inside the famous Theme Building
Worth Noting: If you've been to LAX, you've likely seen this one, situated in the center of its most iconic structure, the Theme Building, with its 135-foot-high parabolic arches. The interior of the restaurant is equally iconic. From the space-age sound effects to the "floating" bar stools to the laser lights emitting from the crater-shaped bar, Encounter "captures the optimism of a futuristic L.A." What else would you expect from a place designed by two Walt Disney Imagineers?
• Philadelphia International Airport
• Tucson Airport
• LaGuardia Airport - Terminal C
The Skinny: From fresh sushi to Cantonese cuisine, Sky Asian Bistro has an extensive menu that's almost as elaborate as its interior design. The Philadelphia Airport location (pictured above) has 32 wines and all sorts of authentic Asian beers on hand so you can get your buzz on you take flight.
The Terminal: Terminal 5
Worth Noting: As the first-ever Spanish tapas restaurant in a U.S. airport, Piquillo blends a Dali-esque architectural excellence with an authentic Spanish menu -- starring everything from albondigas to paella. If you're meeting someone for an international rendezvous, try the three- or six- tapas-tasting menu to satisfy all strains of epicuriosity.