Where to grab a snack between flights at George Bush Intercontinental Airport ✈️

Where to grab a snack between flights at George Bush Intercontinental Airport ✈️

George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston offers a wide range of high-quality dining options, from beloved local cuisine to restaurants by famous chefs.

The selection is excellent, but you simply may not know where it is, especially at an unfamiliar airport.

See our stop-by-stop guide for restaurant recommendations.

View the interactive map of the airport here.

Station A

Your best bet for breakfast: Breakfast Club

Lunch devils, look no further. This beloved Houston breakfast spot is sure to satisfy your food cravings. The Airport Breakfast Klub serves wings, grits, biscuits and gravy, waffles, waffles, breakfast sandwiches and omelettes. (Gate A7)

Your best bet for burgers and drinks: Hookup Grill

One of Houston’s favorite burger joints, Hubcap Grill serves jumbo beef burgers, twice-baked fries, chicken sandwiches, wedge salads, and craft beer. (Gate A26)

The rest:

  • Blaze Pizza (Gate A7)

  • Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar – A local legend for over 25 years, this Houston-based Landry Group restaurant serves classic Tex-Mex fare, including fajitas, enchiladas and margaritas. (Gate A17-A24)

  • Chick-fil-A (Gate A17)

  • First Glass Bistro & Bar (security checkpoint)

  • Great American Bread (near gates A1-A15)

  • Jack in the Box (Gate A7)

  • Liquid provisions (Gate A17)

  • Mockingbird Distillery & Smokehouse — From Austin-based distillery of Tito’s handcrafted vodka, this airport restaurant serves its drinks alongside menu items like soft pretzels, fried chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. (Gate A15)

  • Panda Express (Gate A17)

  • Starbucks (Gate A7 and Gate A17-A24)

  • Subway (Station A check-in)

  • Wendy’s (Gate A17-A24)

  • Which Which (Gate A7)

Station B

Your best bet for BBQ and beyond: S bar

From Houston restaurant manager Greg Gatlin, Q Bar’s menu includes Texas barbecue staples like brisket, ribs and sausage that are all smoked in-house by the restaurant’s dedicated manager. Q Bar also offers a selection of delicious breakfast items, with menu items such as pancakes, biscuits, burritos and breakfast sandwiches. (Gate B11)

Your best bet for seafood: Third dining house

3rd Bar Eating House serves a variety of seafood, including shrimp and oysters. Breakfast items are served in the morning, and sliders are on the lunch menu along with fresh fish and salads. Expect a full bar, table seating, and a nice wine list. Based on the Reef seafood restaurant in Houston, this establishment is a step above most airport dining venues. 3rd Bar Eating House is a full service restaurant. (Gate B1)

The rest:

  • American Craft Tavern (Gate B83)

  • Adobe Cafe – A Houston Tex-Mex institution that has been in business for over 30 years. (Gate B88)

  • Chick-Fil-A (food hall)

  • Freshie (Food Hall)

  • Hard Rock Cafe (Gate B85)

  • Jason Daily (Gate B1)

  • Panda Express (Gate B1)

  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea (Pre-Security, Gate B85)

  • Pizza Hut (Food Court)

  • Ray’s Fish and Shrimp Stack (Food Court)

  • Cut off (Gate B1)

  • Smashburger (food hall)

  • Starbucks (Gate B1)

  • SugarLand Beer Garden – A traditional beer garden offering travelers a variety of bottled beers and lagers along with traditional Bavarian meals, including fresh salads, handmade pretzels, and a variety of bratwursts and sausages. (Gate B21)

  • Whataburger – Texas’ favorite fast food. (Gate B1)

Station C

Best bets from famous Houston chefs:

Bam bam – Bam Bam’s menu of recipes created by Chef Truong Nguyen of the famous Cajun Kitchen includes grilled and raw oysters, including Cajun Kitchen’s famous oyster nachos, Vietnamese Cajun boils and Po’ Boys with a selection of rotating local and regional beers. (Gate C5)

cinder – At Ember, a Texas-inspired bistro, you can find a menu that represents the rich flavors of Houston from one of the region’s most celebrated butchers and chefs, Chef Chris Shepherd, winner of the James Beard Award “Best Chef: Southwest” and recognized as a Best Chef in America from Food & Wine. (Security checkpoint, Terminal C North).

Olio — Olio offers a selection of fresh salads and paninis made up of seasonal, locally sourced produce, with a menu from Chef Monica Pope, who has enjoyed national recognition in the form of a James Beard Award nomination and a spot on Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Master Chef. She is the only female chef in Texas to be named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine magazine. (Terminal C, security checkpoint)

Bala – Pala is bringing local, seasonal, and Neapolitan-style pizza to C-North Station thanks to Chef Ryan Pera, the mastermind behind area favorite Coltivare Pizza & Garden. (Gate C5)

S bar – From Houston Pitmaster Greg Gatlin The Q Bar menu includes Texas barbecue staples like brisket, ribs and sausage that are all smoked in-house by the dedicated restaurant manager. Q Bar also offers a selection of delicious breakfast items, with menu items such as pancakes, biscuits, burritos and breakfast sandwiches. (Gate C1)

Taqueria life -Authentic Tex-Mex cuisine brought to the airport by Houston celebrity chef Roland Lorenzo. The Lorenzo family is a Houston dynasty: Mama Ninfa (Roland’s mother) is credited with popularizing fajitas in the United States through Houston in the 1970s. Roland continues his mother’s tradition of serving spicy and salty fare, while Vida Taqueria boasts the family’s signature selection of tacos, fresh seafood, enchiladas and guacamole. (Terminal C, security checkpoint)

The rest:

  • Agave Taqueria (Gate C33)

  • Alchemy Craft Cocktail (Gate C42)

  • El Premio Tex-Mex Bar & Grill – This branch of Houston’s Tex-Mex favorite El Tiempo serves fajitas, queso, and fresh tortillas. (Gate C34)

  • Forno Magico – Neapolitan style pizza. (Gate C34)

  • Fresheners (Gate C43)

  • H Burger Bar – New Orleans and Houston-inspired burger joint from Chef Antoine Weir. (Gate C35)

  • Katz Coffee & Bistro (Security Checkpoint, Terminal D)

  • Landry’s Seafood – Upscale seafood from Houston-based Landry’s Hospitality. (Gate C34)

  • Panda Express (security checkpoint, South Terminal C)

  • Pick up Stix — (Terminal C, security checkpoint)

  • Pink’s Pizza – A local pizza chain that offers pizza by the slice, craft beer, and a full bar. (Gate C42)

  • Poppy’s Bagels/Little Purse: This restaurant serves bagel sandwiches in the morning before switching to its second concept in the afternoon, which serves dumplings, ramen, and sandwiches. (Terminal C, security checkpoint).

  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop (Gate C12)

  • Steak & Shake (Gate C34)

  • Starbucks – (Security Checkpoint, Gates C1, C10, and C33)

  • Southern Belle – Fried chicken and breakfast sandwiches. (Gate C44)

  • Wendy’s (Gate C12)

  • Which Wich (near Terminal C South)

  • Zephyr Lounge (Security Checkpoint, Terminal C North)

Station D

Your best bet from Houston’s famous chef: Hugo’s Kitchen

Award-winning Houston chef Hugo Ortega’s airport restaurant serves traditional dishes made from many regions of Mexico. (Gate D6)

The rest:

  • Bayou City Bar

  • Byte: New grab and go

  • Hello gourmet market

  • Pete’s coffee

Station E

Best bets for BBQ: s

Developed by Chef Greg Gatlin, Q’s menu includes Texas barbecue staples like brisket, ribs and Texas sausage. (Gate E2)

The rest:

  • Auntie Anne’s Pastries (Gate E12)

  • Cinnabon (Gate E12)

  • Custom Burgers (Gate E2)

  • Dunkin’ Donuts (Gate E11)

  • Einstein and his brothers cakes (Gate E1)

  • Award (Gate E5)

  • Javi (Gate E14)

  • Houston Wheelhouse (Gate E19)

  • Live Fire Burger (security checkpoint)

  • The market next to the villa (Gate E3)

  • Panda Express (gates E1, E24)

  • Papado Seafood Kitchen (Gate E3)

  • Pappasito’s Cantina – Houston-born Tex-Mex restaurant chain serves quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas, and fajitas alongside beer and margaritas. (Gate E1)

  • Shlotsky Daily (Gate E24)

  • Starbucks (Gate E2)

  • Subway (Gate E1)

  • Tanglewood Grill – Steaks, burgers, seafood, classic cocktails and craft beer. (Gate E23)

  • Wendy’s (Gate E24)

  • Nectar of the World (Gate E1)

  • Eugene Froese (Gate E1)

  • Day – Featuring a sushi gallery kitchen and a ramen bar, Biergarten serves Asian dumplings, sushi and ramen. (Gate E11).

Frequent travelers, what are your favorites on this list? Share your recommendations in the comments section.

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(tags for translation) Food

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