While breezing through roomy Pittsburgh International Airport, you’ll notice that the nation’s 49th busiest airport still boasts numerous solid dining establishments. A less congested airport also means the crowds are likely to be much smaller than, say, an O’Hare or Atlanta-Hartsfield airport restaurant. Here are four of the best restaurants PIT has to offer:
1) Bar Symon
This is the PIT Airmall’s crown jewel of dining. Michael Symon of Iron Chef fame brings his “hearty farm-to-table fare” to the center core area of the airside terminal. A great place to sit down and enjoy a longer layover and meal, Bar Symon offers the best food and the most impressive menu in this airport. It’s also brand-new, having just opened in June. The menu features a variety of American fare, with reasonable pricing at $10-$15 per entrée. Try Symon’s popular Baked Macaroni and Cheese – with the unique ground lamb spin.
Bar Symon – www.unitedconcessionsgroup.com – 412-472-5067
2) T.G.I. Friday’s
After Bar Symon, this is PIT’s other go-to choice for wait service. Yes, it is a well-known American chain that is somewhat lacking in local flavor and unique culinary design. However, in an airport, beggars can’t be choosers. What Friday’s lacks in individuality it makes up for in solid service and reliably good meals for moderate prices ($10 for a burger). A great bonus is the lively drink menu. Located in the center core, Friday’s also excels in getting the harried connecting traveler in and out quickly. Request a table along the back windows for a wide view of the tarmac, and try one of the local tribute items – like the Pittsburgh Steak Salad.
TGI Friday’s PIT Airport – www.tgifridays.com – 412-472-5160
3) Charley’s Grilled Subs
Tired of Subway and Quiznos? Charley’s Grilled Subs is your answer. Hot subs made with freshly grilled meat, these sandwiches pack much more flavor and substance than your average sub. Get the also-fantastic fries and a drink combo for under $10. The “Bacon 3 Cheese Steak” is pure grilled sub bliss. This is a great quick service option, located in the main food court.
Charley’s Grilled Subs PIT Airport – www.charleys.com – 412-472-5025
4) City of Bridges Café
This landside restaurant calls upon a bit of the Pittsburgh bridge legacy to add local flair. The menu is not fancy, but offers a number of choices including pizza, salads, soups and sandwiches – and a full bar with flat-screen TV’s. Prices are generally under $10, particularly if you try the daily special – which ranges from chicken parmesan to chili dogs. Located next to the main security checkpoint, City of Bridges is ideal for people-watching as you await your order.
City of Bridges Café – (no website) – 412-472-3111