Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest in the world, and with that title comes the pressure to deliver uniquely delicious food to travelers from all around the world. Two hundred and sixty three concession locations line the modern walkways of the enormously dazzling air transportation hub. Some of the best foodie hotspots originate right here in Georgia, and display plenty of southern flare. If you are only whisking through Atlanta via a connecting flight, you can still taste prominent flavors of the Southern state, without even leaving the airport.
Chicken + Beer
The Brain child of Atlanta rapper, Ludacris, also known as Chris Bridges, has come to life, and is pleasing every country, home-cooking lover with a taste for the upscale. Chicken + Beer, named after a Ludacris album from the early 2000’s, features deep south, traditional dishes with a modern twist, like Cajun Boiled Peanut Hummus, Molasses Biscuits and Rosemary Garlic Tater Tots. Located on concourse D, weary travelers can also sit back and enjoy the brewed flavors of Georgia via craft, local beer from Second Self, Terrapin, Sweetwater, and Creature Comforts.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Also in concourse D, is Atlanta based Grindhouse Killer Burgers. Fresh ground chuck and brisket burgers with “out of the box” toppings like Black Bean Spread, Vidalia Onion Rings, Carolina Cole Slaw, New Mexico Green Chiles and avocado makes this a refreshing foodie getaway from airline pretzels and coffee. Grindhouses Atlanta locations are already wildly popular; now passengers who are quickly passing through can taste why these arent just a boring meat patty between two slices of bread. House made turkey patties and a bean and quinoa, vegan friendly version are on the menu too. Pair it with Fried Pimento Nuggets and local beer, then you have one heck of a between flight snack.
Jekyll Island Seafood
Inspired by Georgia’s historical, naturalistic, pristine slice of paradise, Jekyll Island Seafood brings a little bit of the Atlantic Ocean to concourse F. Georgia coast cuisine, like classic Shrimp and Grits, Fried Oysters, Jekyll Island Shrimp and Coastal Tacos with jerk seasoned seafood and pineapple relish, gives traveler’s a reason to arrive at their gate a little early. Profits partially go toward further conservation of the Island, particularly the Georgia Sea Turtle Center that works to protect Loggerhead species whom nest on Jekyll Island. Globetrotters can have an incredible foodie experience and help save the environment, all while waiting to jet set to their next destination.
Mustard Seed BBQ
It wouldn’t be a trip to Georgia without barbecue, just like it wouldnt be a trip to Maine without lobster or blueberry pie. Barbecue has been a southern staple since the 18th century and the tradition strongly prevails. Mustard Seed BBQ has been an airport favorite for some time, and features a pleasantly simplistic menu that focuses on perfectly smoked meats such as chicken, sausage, pork and ribs, in addition to their truly southern sides like baked beans, fried okra, potato salad and collard greens. You have to try barbecue in Georgia, and this is a good place to do that if you cant venture out into the state.
While the location in College Park, Georgia closed, you can still enjoy their straightforward, southern classic menu at gate C4. Featuring many grab and go sandwiches and wraps, The Pecan also serves Georgia favorites like Chicken and Waffles or the Shrimp Pecan Salad. While the food is fantastic, their desserts overshadow everything; Sweet Potato Pie, Banana Pudding, and Pecan Pie, of course, are the dessert stars of the south.