CHARLOTTE,NC - MAY 15: Passengers walk between terminals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 15, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Air travel is down an estimated 94 percent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and major U.S. airlines are taking a major financial hit with losses of $350 million to $400 million a day and nearly half of major carriers airplanes are sitting idle.

The Washington Post recently compiled a list of the best restaurants in the 13 busiest airports in the country. Being an American Airlines hub, Charlotte definitely fits into that category. And as someone who loves to travel and fly, the list caught my attention. So what are the best restaurants to grab a bite between flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport? For me, it usually comes down to what is closest to my gate. In 2019 I spent a lot of time at Bad Daddy’s because I kept flying out of the gates right there. I’m the get to the airport 2 hours early, get through security, find my gate, then grab a drink and depending on the time a meal kinda person.

The Best Restaurants At Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The Post named three spots at each airport: a sitdown, a quick service, and a wild card restaurant. And the three spots representing Charlotte are very, well Charlotte. The sit-down restaurant featured is Captain Jack’s Tavern in Terminal E. Captain Jack’s is the airport location of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery so you know you’re going to get a good beer, you can also choose from a selection of wraps, sandwiches, and other quick bites.

But don’t worry, we are going to get even more quintessentially Charlotte. The quick service the Washington Post chose as the best? Bojangles. The Charlotte-based fast food fried chicken chain takes the cake and is worth your time. Even the most rushed travelers should have time to grab some chicken, cajun fries, and of course a bo’berry biscuit. Did you even visit the south if you didn’t try it? There are two airport locations of Bojangles one in Concourse B and the other in “the Plaza”.

And finally, we have the “wild card”. And it happens to be where I stopped before a flight to Nashville back in June, The Broken Spoke. The Broken Spoke is a Charlotte-based distillery and at their airport location, you can get beer, wine, or liquor or a quick bite to eat. It’s located in Terminal A in a newly renovated part of the airport.

Of course, these are one opinion of the best restaurants but they are far from the only options to eat and drink while at Charlotte Douglas. And while all three of these are fantastic options, I wouldn’t tell you to walk to the opposite side of the airport to try one out. You can view a full list of the restaurants at the airport here. Keep reading to see the best spots at the other busiest airports as chances are you are flying into or connecting at one of them!

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