Waiting for a flight is a task best undertaken on a full stomach – to navigate an airport, particularly these days, the last thing you need to be is worried about where your next meal is coming from. Luckily, the days of eat-before-you-go (or you'll be sorry) are slowly – ever so slowly – coming to a close. From excellent Cuban food in Tampa to a proper microbrewery and pub in Salt Lake City, nearly every major airport in the US now has at least one place to eat that won't bum you out.

And there's more coming, too – Los Angeles' new Tom Bradley International Terminal is currently rolling out one of the most ambitious programs to bring local favorites into local airports; a similar program is underway in San Diego, which is slowly finishing off an almost-complete rethink of its dining options, airport-wide. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, here's a guide to the best places to eat in the 30 busiest airports in the United States. Safe travels and happy eating.

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