Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of the busiest air travel hubs in the United States (and the world). With millions of travelers passing through every year, ATL has no shortage of excellent places to grab a bite. If you have plenty of time and a long layover, there are lots of reasons not to leave the airport (like One Flew South). Even if you don't have time to leave, there are a ton of great quick-casual spots that you can check out between connecting flights.
Whether you're looking for fine dining or a grab-and-go meal, there is something for you. Here are our favorite eats at ATL airport to make your layover great.
Low Country New Southern Cuisine
After a long flight with a layover on the horizon, few things sound better than southern comfort food. Low Country New Southern Cuisine opens bright and early to accommodate dawn travelers and doesn't stop serving until mid-evening. Succulent ribs, juicy chicken wings, farm-fresh vegetables and, of course, sticky-sweet peach cobbler are just a few of the dishes reviving weary travelers in concourse A.
How could you come to the southern U.S. without digging into some comfort food? Even if you're only in town for an hour layover, you must try the best the south has to offer. Paschal's roots date back to the late 1940s, and its peach cobbler is the stuff of legends. The fried chicken recipe is a family secret, but now travelers worldwide can get a taste between flights. The original downtown location has happily fed notable patrons like Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bantam + Biddy
If you're craving chicken, Bantam + Biddy is the premiere spot in Hartsfield-Jackson. The simply prepared, contemporary cuisine is the cure for any travel woes. Miss your mom? Get the meatloaf. What to sample all things southern? Try the fried green tomatoes or get lost in the addicting pimento cheese. It's counter service so you can take it with you to another terminal or wait until you get to your hotel.
The 40/40 Club
Baseball fans know how rare it is to join the 40/40 club (40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one season), but it couldn't be easier to get a seat at Jay-Z's lounge, The 40/40 Club inside Hartsfield-Jackson International. Open from noon until the last flight departs, The 40/40 Club is an upscale space for drinks in an ultra-lux environment. If you have a favorite flavored vodka, odds are it's on the ample back bar. The food menu is what you'd expect to find in a sports bar but slightly elevated. Quesadillas, empanadas, sliders and wings are just a few of the finger-licking bites available.
One Flew South
One Flew South is the first and arguably the best fine dining option in the Atlanta airport. The cuisine is inspired by world travel but uses local vendors and purveyors to source its exceptional ingredients. The hamachi Crudo or the tomato and watermelon salad are perfect summer starters. The extensive sushi menu is available for dine-in and take-out if you're running short on time between connections. Guests looking to take the edge off can enjoy a proper cocktail here too.
Lorena Garcia Tapas
Cozy up to the horseshoe bar at Lorena Garcia Tapas for a drink and a snack between flights. Keep it simple with a glass of wine and some marinated olives, or order something a bit more substantial like the roasted portobello sliders. Health-conscious folks can sample the cilantro Caesar or the apple cranberry chicken salad.