Slideshow: Travelers: What's Your Favorite Airport Food?

Multiple Airports: Wolfgang Puck Express
Multiple Airports: Wolfgang Puck Express
We tried the spicy chicken pizza ($9.45) (hey, this is Wolfgang Puck; half the pizzas have chicken). With bits of white chicken meat, sauteed leeks, tomato slices, cilantro, and red pepper flakes, it was a flavor bomb of a pizza, topping-wise; spicy and juicy and a little sweet in the way of chicken fajitas, say. The well-seasoned chicken wasn't dry in the slightest, marinated in lemon and pepper; cilantro and red pepper add heat. Yes, it sounds like something straight out of California Pizza Kitchen. But it's far fresher-tasting with a crust that, while thin and oily, essentially tastes like pizza—not processed puffy dough.

Each pizza is made to order and fired in a Woodmatic oven—wood in back, gas otherwise—heated to around 650°F. They're big enough for lunch and maybe an extra slice or two on the plane; prices range from $8.50 to $10.

Portland International Airport (Oregon), Terminal C: Good Dog Bad Dog
Portland International Airport (Oregon), Terminal C: Good Dog Bad Dog
Hot dogs, sausage, fries and a condiment bar with plenty of sauerkraut. If it's an early morning flight and you can't handle the dogs, they have breakfast burritos too.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: AJ Tavern
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: AJ Tavern
It's named after two A.J.-initial-bearing late presidents from the great state of North Carolina: Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. They serve a bunch of different sandwiches, including this pulled pork one, as well as bar snacks, and beer on tap.

Terminal 1 Near Gate A25;

LAX (Los Angeles): In-N-Out Burger
LAX (Los Angeles): In-N-Out Burger
So technically it's not in the airport (if only!), but you can practically smell the Animal Style fries from LAX; there's a location only a mile and a half away at 9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard (map here). If you have time to swing by to or from the airport, get one of the made-to-order burgers with grilled onions, and a too-thick-for-straw shake. And no, it's not just overrated fast-food.
Hartsfield Jackson Airport (Atlanta), Terminal A: Chick-fil-A
Hartsfield Jackson Airport (Atlanta), Terminal A: Chick-fil-A
We love the Atlanta-based chain, what can we say? And can't really ever say no to a Spicy Chicken sandwich. Just don't expect them to be open on Sunday! The chain famously closes on Sundays.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Across from Gate 12: Amy's and Salt Lick
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Across from Gate 12: Amy's and Salt Lick
Two local favorites that have small concession stands: Amy's Ice Cream (get the Mexican vanilla) and Salt Lick (the brisket has all that fatty-marbled goodness). Salt Lick also has a breakfast taco bar nearby.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport: Anchor Bar
Buffalo Niagara International Airport: Anchor Bar
When in Buffalo, you eat wings. And they must taste better from the "home of the Buffalo wing," right? Maybe not necessarily, but these certainly have all that spicy-buttery sauce glory and juicy meat.

Upper level; anchorbar.com

O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; Terminals 1, 2, 3: Nuts on Clarke
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; Terminals 1, 2, 3: Nuts on Clarke
Caramelcorn and cashews do not a meal make, but this Chicago favorite—they're based just two blocks north of Wrigley Field—is a nice portable handful-sized snack.

[Flickr: ixmati]

Logan Airport (Boston), Terminal C: Legal Seafood
Logan Airport (Boston), Terminal C: Legal Seafood
It's a chain with restaurants all over the Boston metro area. We'd be happy spooning up the creamy clam chowder (with their crusty, hot-from-the-oven rolls), a spicy tuna burger, crisp fried clams, or anything from their impressive (especially impressive by airport standards) raw bar. As is key at an airport, service is prompt and accommodating—they'll rush a check or pack up an order to go when you have to run.