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Telling the Story of a Region’s Culinary Landscape

Local restaurants are a mirror reflection of a region – of its people, its food, its culinary landscape. They tell a region’s culinary story. By showcasing local restaurants, airports can join the storytelling. At SSP America, we bring these culinary stories and communities to life, one airport and one restaurant at a time.


The Breakfast Klub has been the giant of the H-town breakfast scene since 2001. Applying “community” as his guiding principle in his business and personal life, owner, Marcus Davis, has created one of the most phenomenal restaurant success stories in the country. With its reasonable prices, hefty portions of Southern classics, bottomless cups of coffee, and dedication to putting its customers first, The Breakfast Klub is a destination spot for every traveler to IAH.

USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards – Winner, “Best Airport Local/Regional Dining” – 2019

From the beginning, Flying Saucer was on a mission to educate—to serve their guests the best artisan brews from across the globe and present beers in a way that would make the brewers proud. At DFW, Flying Saucer offers an immersive, craft beer experience. Presented on two levels, the lower space is a full-service gastropub, and the upper is a full-service bar with live musical performances. With a roster of some 40 different beers on tap and an additional 52 options by the bottle, Flying Saucer serves up happy craft brew memories of Dallas-Fort Worth, long after departure.
Founded in 2007 by Brewmaster, Christian Ettinger, Hopworks is arguably the definitive modern-day Portland brewpub. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, Hopworks is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. At PDX, Hopworks promises everything an airport could want for its travelers—exceptional craft brews, locally sourced plates, and a memorable experience, underlined with a sustainable, environmentally friendly “only in Portland” passport stamp.

This airside grill interpretation of Hunt & Fish Club celebrates the iconic brand’s décor and menu. The original Hunt & Fish Club’s founders set out to soothe the souls of New York’s harried financial gurus with a classy, throw-back vibe. This spot in the heralded Terminal B ensures travelers depart LaGuardia in an Empire State of Mind.

ACI Winner, “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” – 2023

Born and raised in Stillwater, MN, Joe Ehlenz and Brad Nordeen wanted to share what they’d learned in their culinary careers and help grow their river town’s reputation as a foodie haven. They created LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar and became an instant hit. A true “American Kitchen”, the MSP Terminal 1 full-service menu is served up street style, with chef-driven mojo and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

FAB Awards Highly Commended – “Airport Bar of the Year” – 2018

USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards – Winner, “Best Airport Bar” – 2018

French meets Pacific Northwest at a concept curated in partnership with the late celebrity Chef Thierry Rautureau—one of America’s greatest chefs who is called “The Chef in the Hat.”  LouLou fosters a ‘Taste of Place’ and celebrates the local abundance of high-quality products available from regional farms and producers.

Matt’s Big Breakfast has been the titan of the Phoenix breakfast scene since 2004. Owners Matt Pool and Erenia Lara-Pool scour the region for fresh “honest” ingredients and deliver scratch-cooked meals made with their well- known, obsessive attention to detail. The thick-cut bacon is crafted by a small butcher in Queen Creek. They use cage-free eggs, extra virgin olive oil, pure sweet cream butter and, artisan-baked breads from the local bakery. They’re a homegrown business that wholeheartedly supports other local businesses—regulars say you can taste the love.

AXN Winner, “Best Chef-Driven, Local or Regional Restaurant” – 2017

ACI 2nd Place, “Best New Food & Beverage, Full Service Concept” – 2015

Designed specifically for a beautiful airside corner space in SLC’s Terminal Plaza, Roosters Brewing Co. is an open and modern extension of a true local favorite. Here, travelers enjoy the view of Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Mountain range through three-story windows while enjoying creative, hearty local plates backed by a menu of unique craft beers and cocktails. Created for conversation and conviviality among friends, Roosters is so inviting that it was the place of choice for the returning U.S. men’s Olympic bobsled team to celebrate their 2022 gold medal win.
New York’s preeminent steakhouse opened in 1926, by Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, fueled by their commitment to quality and generosity of spirit. As a beautifully designed, lull-worthy bar and restaurant driven by a true culinary legacy brand—The Palm proudly serves USDA prime-aged beef, heritage Italian entrees, and premium seafood cooked to perfection with service and an atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.
Just like its Riverwalk location, Richard Gonzmart’s Ulele Bar at TPA is an authentic celebration of the Gulf Coast’s culinary landscape. Micro brews made from local spring waters, handcrafted cocktails, and small bites dive deep into the local larder by reviving indigenous ingredients of blue crab, fish, and oysters that long fed Native American Indians, early settlers, and founding fathers of the Sunshine State.

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