Did you know that more than 30 million people pass through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) each year? And that almost half of those people are connecting in PHL with a quick layover before departing for their final destination?
Even if you’re only in PHL for a quick connection, you can still get an authentic taste of Philadelphia while you’re here.
We know what you’re thinking, and yes — you can get a great authentic Philly cheesesteak at the airport. Two famous cheesesteak purveyors have shops in PHL: Tony Luke’s is in the Terminal F food court and Geno’s Steaks is in the B/C connector food court.
For a pick-me-up, look no further than famous Philly coffee roaster La Colombe, which boasts two locations at the airport. And for sit-down restaurants, some big Philly chefs, including Jose Garces and Michael Schulson, have restaurants at PHL.
Don’t ever take flight or leave the Philadelphia International Airport hungry again. Read on about where to score a delicious and memorable dining experience in PHL, below.
Location: Terminal F
Tony Luke’s is both a top cheesesteak contender and a household name in Philly. Its most popular location is in South Philadelphia, but Tony Luke’s brings the city’s signature sandwich to the airport, too, with a location set up in Terminal F. In other words, even if you’re here for only an hour on a connecting flight, your cheesesteak dreams can still come true via one of the truest cheesesteak makers in the city.
Where: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA
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Location: B/C Connector Food Court
With 40-plus years of experience serving cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia, Geno’s has become one of the biggest cheesesteak purveyors in the city. Starting in October 2016, you can check out their legendary sandwiches for yourself just before or after your flight. Order it “whiz with” if you want the classic topping combo of fried onions and Cheez Whiz.
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Location: Terminal C
At Sky Asian Bistro, look forward to Cantonese cuisine like sashimi, ramen bowls, pad thai and dumplings courtesy of Michael Schulson, the talented chef and restaurateur behind notable Philly restaurants like Double Knot, Independence Beer Garden and Sampan. If you need a drink before your flight (or after you’ve landed), the wine list stacks deep at 32 bottles — and Asian beer and sake options fill out the remainder of the menu.
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Four Locations: Terminals A – West, C, D and E
With a nearly 30-year history and a dozen area locations, Chickie’s & Pete’s is a Philadelphia institution. You can secure yourself a spice-steeped serving of the sports bar’s famous Crabfries in four different terminals at the airport. And, like any good sports bar, you can count on Chickie’s & Pete’s to have beer flowing from its taps and the big game playing on its TVs.
Location: Terminal A – West
A recent addition to the airport over the last several years, La Tapenade brings Mediterranean eats, including panini sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, to PHL alongside salads and other healthy options.
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Order food from an iPad from a menu designed by Chef Jose Garces at Local Tavern in Terminal F. Another highlight? The lengthy line of taps serving all sorts of beer to those ready to relax with a pint.
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Aldo Lamberti Trattoria serves up sandwiches and pizzas from the masters of Italian cuisine at Philly’s Positano Coast and Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ, among others. The fast-casual eatery also offers egg sandwiches and other breakfast items to go for when you need to grab a morning meal on the run.
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Three Locations: Terminals A – West, B/C Connector and F
The homemade bread from Le Bus is known far beyond the airport, but its outports in several areas of PHL allow you to sample its greatness alongside other awesome selections, including a killer latte made from espresso from local roasters La Colombe.
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Terminals A – East and Terminal F
Just as the cheesesteak is Philadelphia’s most famous sandwich, soft pretzels have become Philadelphia’s signature snack. While killing time before your flight, grab one of the salty, doughy treats and top it with a smear of mustard at one of two different spots in the airport – Philly Soft Pretzels in Terminal A – East or Philly Pretzel Factory in Terminal F.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.