The Denver International Airport (DIA) isn’t actually in the heart of Denver, it’s a little bit outside of Denver proper. The commute will take you about 30 minutes by car or a 45-minute ride on the light rail. Regardless of how you get to the airport, once you’re there a few things will stand out.
One of those things is the big, blue, bucking bronco statue with devilish red eyes that you pass on your way in. Another is a slew of strange symbols and markings on murals and in the tile-work on the walls and ground. If you’re a foodie, though, you’ll most likely notice the amazing dining options. The fare is so good, in fact, that DIA has been nationally recognized.
According to Danika Worthington of The Denver Post, “Denver International Airport ranked the top in the nation on the 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard released by RewardExpert … beating out the other top 20 most-trafficked U.S. airports.”
RewardExpert painstakingly went through thousands of restaurant reviews in order to rank airport dining options.
“The report said DIA led by a comfortable margin,” Worthington writes, “ranking highest in overall quality and second for price and variety. Authors highlighted Root Down, Tapas Sky Bar and Crú Food and Wine Bar as particularly good restaurants.”
That being said, if you have a spare hour or two to spend in DIA, hop on that underground train. You can ride it to the terminal with the restaurant that sounds best to you. We’ve been dying to stop into Root Down, but we never seem to be in Terminal C.
The top five U.S. airports for food choices outside of Denver International are Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, AHartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and Houston George Bush International Airport.
For someone who travels from Philadelphia to Denver quite often, the author of this particular article has decided to start budgeting some more time (and money) to allow for fine airport dining experiences.