Best Places To Eat At Chicago Midway Airport

Traveling can be tiring and stressful enough, without having to do it on an empty stomach. That’s where an airport’s dining options—or lack thereof—take center stage.

In the best situations, maybe you’re eating fresh seafood and/or steak and enjoying cocktails during your airport layover; in the worst, you’re making a choice between a two-day-old prepackaged egg salad sandwich and a rapidly hardening pizza slice that’s been sitting under a heat lamp all day. Hey, we’ve been there.

Fortunately for travelers using Chicago’s Midway International Airport, the food options are relatively plentiful, even if recent renovations at the airport have spelled the end for popular eateries like Harry’s Deli, Harry Caray’s and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Our current suggestions, including their location, are as follows:

Reilly’s Daughter

Midway Triangle Food Court

In a town known for having great Irish bars, it just makes sense there’d be at least one decent one at Chicago’s Midway Airport, too. Reilly’s recently expanded—doubling its space after taking over Miller’s Pub—but still features the same charming brass railings and etched wooden bar. In addition to grabbing a pint (or three) of whatever strikes your fancy, enjoy quality pub food that’s generally a cut above what you’d expect from airport bar cuisine.

Cafe L’Appetito

Midway Triangle Food Court

Despite the frequently long lines at this quick-service Italian café and deli chain’s Midway location, Cafe L’Appetito gets solid marks for sharp service and quality food, including breakfast options. The Italian sandwiches, prepared on premium breads, are a common favorite among patrons.

Gold Coast Dogs

Midway Triangle Food Court

Whether you’re on a last-ditch quest for a Chicago dog before you depart the Windy City, or you just can’t get enough of them, Gold Coast Dogs is one of Midway’s surefire stops for those voyagers who are intrepid enough to down hot dogs amid a full day of flying. As you bite into one of these messy, amazing Chicago creations, remember that any ensuing digestive distress will have been well worth it.

Pegasus On The Fly

Midway Triangle Food Court

Chicago’s Greek Town influence remains steadfast in Midway at Pegasus On The Fly, which is a longtime favorite that survived the airport’s recent renovation. In addition to breakfast, during the rest of the day you can reliably obtain a range of Mediterranean classics here, like gyros, kebabs, spanakopita, Greek salad and more. Generous portion sizes will make you extra happy.

Tabo Sushi

Midway Triangle Food Court and Gate B14

Sure, eating sushi in an airport may seem like another questionable move (see “Gold Coast Dogs” above), but Chef Takashi Yagihashi’s two Midway locations do serve passable, if not dazzling, representations of the genre. Try the sashimi, especially, which tends to receive the highest marks. And note, the Concourse B location primarily features grab-and-go selections.

Pizza Vino

Gate A7

Pizza may seem like a simple food to some, but doing it well requires real talent, and Pizza Vino customers in Midway’s Concourse A seem to be predominantly leaving pleased, and even a bit surprised, that decent pizza really does exist in an airport setting. The flatbreads are the rage here, but there are tasty salads as well, if you really have that kind of self-control. You’ll need to leave the airport and travel to nearby Giordano’s, however, if deep dish is more your thing.

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