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Where to Eat at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

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eater-airport-dining-guides.pngLong security lines, power hungry TSA agents, and flight delays are slightly more bearable with good food and drink in your belly. Here, we round up a few choice dining options both in Sea-Tac airport and in the surrounding area. Note that all of the dining choices in the airport are past security. While most airport fare is chain-dominated, we picked spots that are unique to Puget Sound or representative of Washington in some way.

Inside Sea-Tac Food and Drink

Anthony%27s_SeaTac.jpg1) Anthony's Restaurant and Fish Bar: The view is not as beautiful as at Anthony's other locations, but the seafood stays pretty close to form. Stick to the basics like fish and chips and halibut tacos. They have a nice selection of local microbrews to get happy with. This also feels like a sit down restaurant, so if you need to kill some time, go here. [Central Terminal]
[Photo: Anthony's/Yelp]
Ivar%27s_Fish_Bar_SeaTac.jpg2) Ivar's Fish Bar: Ivar's is known for their chowder, and the smoked salmon and clam chowders here are the way to go. The Fish and Chips are cheaper than at Anthony's and are just as good. [Central Terminal]
[Photo: jpellgen/Flickr]
Kathy_Casey_Dish_D%27Lish_SeaTac.jpg3) Dish D'Lish: We're addicted to the roasted red pepper and artichoke strata from Dish D'Lish. For $3.99, this is one of the best deals at the airport. You can find cold and hot sandwiches and salads here. Note that there is another newly opened Dish D'Dlish before security, but it seems to have a smaller selection of hot items. [Central Terminal]
[Photo: Jumpdates]
Vino_Volo_SeaTac.jpg4) Vino Volo: Vino Volo is a chain of airport wine bars, but it makes the list, because they have a nicely curated selection of Washington wines. If you really like one of the wines you sample, you can buy the bottle(at a good price) and gate check it. They also source locally for the limited food selection, including a standout Beecher's Mac 'n Cheese. [Central Terminal]
[Photo: Vino Volo]
Africa_Lounge_SeaTac.jpg5) Africa Lounge:Why Africa? Why Toto? Granted, we've never tried the "Zulu pork." The most salutary aspect of this place is that it's dark, and it has a great selection of local microbrews on tap. The service is hit and miss, so we advise you to ask for the check at your first opportunity. Also, no kids have ever been observed in this place. [Concourse A, Gate 5]
[Photo: Africa Lounge/Yelp]

Best Bets Around Sea-Tac

13_Coins_SeaTac.jpg1) 13 Coins: 13 Coins is an upscale 24-hour diner. As Neko Case(no stranger to the South Sound) once noted, this place(especially the counter) is great for people-watching. Allow yourself two hours to visit 13 Coins. [18000 International Blvd., 10 minute walk from the airport]
[Photo: 13 Coins/Yelp]

Salty%27s_Redondo_SeaTac.jpg2) Salty's at Redondo Beach: Did you know that this Salty's location offers free van service to/from Seatac? This is yet another option for good seafood, and you can't get much more old Seattle than Salty's. Also, water views. Allow three hours to get here and back. [28201 Redondo Beach Dr S, Des Moines, WA, 8 minute drive]
[Photo: Salty's Redondo/Yelp]

copperleaf_cedarbrook_seatac.jpg3) Copperleaf Restaurant:Copperleaf is the best fine dining restaurant in the SeaTac area, offering up "New American" fare paired with NW-wines. The cozy fireplace and service niceties may lull you into staying long past your layover. Settle in at the CedarBrook Lodge, where Copperleaf is located--you won't be sorry. Allow three hours. [18525 36th Ave S, 5 minute drive]
[Photo: Copperleaf/Yelp]

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11) Austin: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
12) Dallas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
13) Denver: Denver International Airport (DIA)
14) Portland, OR: Portland International Airport (PDX)
15) Seattle, WA: Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA)
16) Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP)
17) Barcelona: Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)

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