Have you ever had 3+ hours to kill in an airport and ask yourself “where the heck should I eat?” We’ve all been there. I usually spend a good 10-20 minutes doing some light research on airport eats when this happens, and sometimes I’m more successful than others, but I CAN tell you that after living in SLC my whole life this list is my personal opinion of the top 5 places to eat at the Salt Lake City Airport. It isn’t the best selection in the whole world but these are the best places out of over 30+ options at the Salt Lake City Airport.
*Please note that SLC International is currently undergoing a massive undertaking by building a completely new terminal. This post will be updated once the new terminal, garage, and concourses are opened (projected to open in 3 years).
**Airport dining is unquestionably more expensive than a typical meal out. Please keep in mind that this post is in no way formulated due to price points or even customer service.
***All recommendations currently come from Terminal 2 in the Salt Lake City Airport, which houses airlines including Delta, KLM, and AeroMexico. Unfortunately there aren’t stellar dining options in Terminal 1 or the International Terminal, but the good news is that once you get through security you can easily walk between terminals if you have the time (see this map for more details).
5. Squatters Airport Pub: Terminal Two, Concourse C
If you’ve enjoyed Squatters near downtown Salt Lake City for their drinks or food you’ll love this casual and fast stop at the Salt Lake City Airport. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Squatters serves menu favorites including house made soups, salads, and sandwiches. Squatters also usually has a basket of goodies near the register including rice krispy treats from Salt Lake City’s local Hatch Family Chocolates (aka the best rice krispy treat I have had in my life)! Squatters Airport Pub (801.575.2002)
4. High West Distillery: Terminal Two, Concourse E
Unless you’re going out of your way to search for High West you won’t see it in passing! While most folks enjoy High West for their whiskey and cocktails, I personally believe they have some of the best food that Park City (and the Salt Lake City Airport) has to offer! Their menu is a condensed version of the restaurants offerings. Make sure to try the baked macaroni & mountain cheese (cover image) and the bison and black angus burger. High West Distillery (801.204.4786)
3. Pinkberry: Terminal Two, Concourse C
For one of the best treats in the Salt Lake City Airport my default is Pinkberry. I’m typically not one to recommend chain restaurants (or even froyo spots) but a generous serving of original tart with fresh strawberries and chocolate chips is hard for me to resist. I love that I don’t feel super heavy and yucky too after eating a light sweet treat like this! Pinkberry (801.322.6307)
2. Cafe Rio: Terminal Two, Between Concourses C & D
Three reasons you need to check out Cafe Rio at the Salt Lake City Airport: 1) It’s unquestionably one of the faster options in the entire airport, 2) Cafe Rio is a Utah favorite (and a Utah original!) and serves some of the best fast casual food in the state, and 3) this is one of the few places you can enjoy Cafe Rio BREAKFAST! I often get to the airport a little early if I’m flying out in the morning just so I can enjoy a smothered breakfast burrito. Picture the same great tortilla, meat, and beans that you love with potatoes and eggs. Served until 10:30 a.m. daily. They usually have fresh squeezed OJ too so why the heck not? Cafe Rio (385.282.5400)
1. Market Street Grill: Terminal Two, Between Concourses C & D
Salt Lake City locals love Market Street Grill for being one of the first restaurants in the valley to fly in fresh seafood to our landlocked state daily. If you’re looking for the best overall dining experience in the Salt Lake City airport, Market Street Grill is definitely your best choice. They serve a killer breakfast (and in my opinion is better than the breakfast served at their other SLC locations), and fantastic lunch/dinner. Try the eggs benedict for breakfast/brunch with a side of their delicious Market Street Potatoes. For lunch or dinner you can’t go wrong with shrimp cocktail or clam chowder appetizer, paired with some of their fresh atlantic salmon or Maryland lump crab cakes! Market Street Grill (801.204.4790)
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