Winter break is coming. You know what that means — bringing your suitcase to class and spending way more than time than you want to at the Philadelphia International Airport. But fortunately, there’s something that’ll make your journey much easier — food. Here are the best places to eat in each terminal so that you don't need to grab dinner from the vending machine.
Quick Bite: Bruegger’s Bagels
For an early morning pick-me-up, look no further than the bagels and coffee from Bruegger’s. The joint boasts classic New York style bagels that’ll be ready in a flash for you to run to your gate.
Full Meal: Piattino
Believe it or not, you can get quality Italian food in the airport. Piattino offers classic dishes as well as their famous pizza. I would also recommend the sandizza, their version of a panini.
Quick Bite: Pinkberry
Treat yourself to a refreshing treat next time you’re at PHL. Pinkberry is a frozen yogurt shop that has multiple delicious flavors and a plethora of toppings to add, including fresh fruit.
Full Meal: Vino Volo
If you need a change of pace from classic airport food, check out Vino Volo. It’s a club–like restaurant and lounge which pairs wine with wine country-inspired foods like smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, and cured meats.
Quick Bite: Balducci’s
Balducci’s is a grab–and–go option for when you don’t have the time to wait for food. They have a variety of cuisine ready to eat, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, and of course, coffee.
Full Meal: Aldo Lamberti Trattoria
Known as the best pizza you can get at an airport, Aldo Lamberti Trattoria offers pizza by the slice. I’d recommend getting a cannoli to go and enjoying it an hour into your flight. It’ll make the time fly by.
Quick Bite: Lick
Even though Lick may not be the best option for a healthy snack, I couldn’t not include this candy store. They stock pretty much sweet treat imaginable, and you can buy in bulk.
Full Meal: Bar Symon
Bar Symon offers a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport. The spot is known for its comfort food, especially the Pulled Pork Sandwich and Cheese Pierogi. Plus, every table is equipped with power outlets, so you can make sure your laptop is fully charged before takeoff.
Quick Bite: Au Bon Pain
Au Bon Pain is available in pretty much every terminal, and for good reason. They offer conveniently packaged food to go, as well as the option to order at the counter. If you’re in a rush, you can order ahead on their app.
Full Meal: Gachi Sushi & Noodle
I know what you’re thinking, never trust airport sushi. But that's where you’re wrong. Gachi has a variety of different Japanese dishes, which all pass the taste test. I’d recommend sitting at the sushi bar, ordering a few things, and taking some time to enjoy.
Quick Bite: Red Mango
A smoothie may be the perfect on-the-go snack, and thankfully Red Mango provides. In addition, they have delicious acai bowls, yogurt, and parfaits. If you need a boost, I recommend the Strawberry Energizer smoothie.
Full Meal: Tony Luke’s
If you know you’re going to miss Philly over break, make your final meal a classic with a Philly cheese steak. Tony Luke’s serves burgers, fries, and a cheese steak that definitely rivals the best of the best.
So get to the airport a little bit early for your next flight and grab a bite. It’ll be worth it.