Jul 23, 2023 - News

The best places to eat at Denver International Airport

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There's a reason Denver's airport was named this year as an editor's pick in Food & Wine's list of the best U.S. airports to eat and drink.

What's happening: The airport is working to expand its local and "global flavor profile," says CEO Phil Washington.

Here are our picks of the best spots to grab a bite before a trip:

Concourse A

  • Mercantile Dining & Provision (center core): Much like James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Seidel's Union Station restaurant, this new location offers a variety of ways for people to eat elevated farm-to-table meals — leisurely and on-the-go.
  • Denver Central Market (near Gate A48): This food hall, a miniature version of Denver's RiNo location, serves a handful of local options, like hand rolls from Sushi-Rama to pizzas and pastas served by Vero Italian.
  • Mesa Verde Bar & Grill (mezzanine): Count on this classic spot for Tex-Mex staples like quesadillas, nachos, build-your-own-burritos and a tequila bar.

Concourse B

  • Lounge 5280 (mezzanine): Enjoy wine by the glass and bottle, local beers, craft cocktails and small plates like marinated olives and fresh burrata.
  • Steve's Snappin' Dogs (near Gate B24): Chow down on award-winning hot dogs from this Denver institution. The restaurant also has a full bar with local craft beers on tap.
  • Half Moon Empanadas (near Gate B37): This women-owned, Miami-based business specializes in artisanal Argentinian empanadas, ranging from spicy beef to dulce de leche.
  • Voodoo Doughnut (mezzanine, northeast side): Treat yourself while traveling with a sweet treat from this bold Portland-based bakery.
  • Of note: Near the center core on the mezzanine level, don't miss Shake Shack if you're craving a burger, or Snooze An A.M. Eatery for breakfast and brunch.

Concourse C

  • Root Down (center core): Replicated after Denver's popular LoHi restaurant, come here for seasonal veggie-forward and globally influenced dishes, spanning breakfast to dinner.
  • La Casita (center core): This counter-service spot, a Highland neighborhood institution, specializes in husk-wrapped tamales, but also serves breakfast burritos, taco salads and more.
  • Little Man Ice Cream (near Gate C27): Score homemade ice cream, sorbet and even several boozy options, like a strawberry margarita freeze, at this sweet shop.
  • Superfruit Republic (center core): This Colorado-based shop serves fresh options like smoothies and acai bowls for any travelers looking to keep it healthy.

What's next: About a dozen more eateries are in the works at the airport, including ChoLon, Rosenberg's Bagels, Bar Dough, Mister Oso, Mizu Izakaya and Sushi and Maria Empanada.


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