PHOTO: Sushi from One Flew South. (photo via Flickr/David Berkowitz)
Once again, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International has been named the world’s busiest airport, per the AJC.
Over 100 million passengers passed through last year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the airport reached similar totals in 2017. Of course, with that many travelers moving about, there has to be a number of ways to keep the crowds happy.
The best way to achieve that is through food, and Hartsfield-Jackson has some incredible dining spots throughout its concourses.
Factoring in taste, quality, atmosphere, pricing and speed, here are five of the top spots to grab a bite to eat in the most crowded airport on the planet.
One Flew South
Arguably the best restaurant in the entire airport, One Flew South has been pleasing customers from around the globe since it opened in 2008. At the time, it was the only upscale dining experience in the airport.
Talk about a game-changer; The fact they still remain is a strong testament to how great the food is.
Hop the train to Concourse E, but make sure you know you have at least half an hour to eat. It’s a legit sit-down establishment and an awesome spot for people watching. They do have a prepared-to-go selection, but to truly appreciate this place, you’re better off dining in.
Sushi at an airport may sound sketchy, but One Flew South does it right. Even if you don’t’ like sushi, they have regional cuisine they like to call “southernational.” It’s local ingredients with a global flair to it. Try the pulled duck sandwich, the soy glazed grouper or the bacon and goat cheese salad if you’re looking for something lighter.
If you want a true taste of the south, make your way to Concourse B for some sensational eats at Paschal’s. They opened their airport spot in 1979 and have never looked back.
There’s a reason they’ve become one of the longest running airport vendors: The fried chicken.
To order, choose your meat and then pick your sides and either a biscuit or cornbread. The collard greens are exactly what you want if you know your southern home cooking, and the mac and cheese hits the soul so well.
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Chicken + Beer
Speaking of fried chicken, this place is a definite hit. Opened in November of 2016, it quickly became a trendy spot to eat because famous Atlanta rapper Ludacris is partially behind it all (with help from Jackmont Hospitality, the same group responsible for One Flew South). It certainly helps on getting the name of the restaurant out, which is the same moniker of Ludacris’ third studio album.
But it’s the food that is truly bringing people back.
While it is all the way over in Concourse D, most people are going out their way to try the two-piece fried chicken as well as the chicken and waffles. However, it’s not all about chicken, as the shrimp and grits are generous and on point. They also serve pork belly sliders and an IPA double cheeseburger.
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Jekyll Island Seafood Company
It may be a little out of the way for some, but if you’ve got a longer layover and want a taste of the coast, head over to Concourse F.
The food is light but still enough to fill you up before a long international flight.
Try the shrimp and grits, the fresh oysters, the seafood gumbo or ask your server about the fish of the day. The pricing is on the higher end, but it’s well worth an exceptional taste of the Georgia coast.
Located in Concourse A, this is the go-to spot if you need food in a hurry. If you’ve never had Chick-Fil-A, chances are you’ve heard someone rave about it somewhere.
If you’ve had it before, you know exactly why the line will most likely be long when you arrive.
Fear not, for the wait never really is all that long; They do a tremendous job keeping things moving.
The spicy chicken sandwich is my favorite, but the original is just a good. The nuggets are the go-to option for my wife, and the chicken biscuit at breakfast has my mouth watering just thinking about it. Thankfully I live in the south, so I think I’ll go get one for breakfast tomorrow.
Just remember, they’re closed on Sundays!