Travel has picked up again, after plummeting in the early days of the pandemic. As travelers prepare to find terminals, hop between airports, and navigate lengthy layovers, here’s the latest restaurant intel from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Many restaurants at Michigan’s busiest and largest airport have reopened and there are a few new fast-food chains. In addition, some retail locations are carrying food items such as yogurt, pre-packaged sandwiches, and snacks, alongside books and magazines.
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The McNamara Terminal is a major hub for Delta as well as home for Air France.
McNamara Terminal Options
- Andiamo: This local chain serves great Italian food with excellent service in a wonderful atmosphere [A30]
- Cat Cora’s Taproom: This celebrity chef-backed restaurant in the McNamara Terminal specializes in beer and pub food, but many customers simply make a beeline for the boozy milkshakes. [A24]
- Chick-Fil-A [A72]
- Chili’s/Papa Joe’s Markets: Casual dining restaurant with lots to grab and go [B2]
- Detroit Street Lunchbox: Express location to grab a snack, cold beverage, gourmet sandwich, or salad. [A74]
- Dylan’s Candy Bar: Stock up on pretzels, popcorn, gummy bears, fruit, and nuts for the ride. [A63]
- Embers Lounge: This lounge-style bar has an extensive list of wines from Michigan vineyards and a collection of the finest local craft brews. [B18]
- Fountain Bar: This cocktail lounge serves light Italian cuisine [near A40]
- Gordon Biersch: This casual chain serves made-from-scratch food paired with handcrafted German-style beer. [A74]
- Illy Coffee & Fountain Bar: This futuristic-looking spot next to the terminal’s fountain is a go-to for many seeking a caffeine fix or a quick drink before locating their gate. The coffee shop serves Italian Illy coffee and espresso drinks as well as pastries and sandwiches. The Fountain Bar dispenses beer and cocktails alongside cheese plates, soups, gourmet sandwiches, and hefty salads. [Central Link]
- Leo’s Coney Island: You’re in Detroit...well Romulus, so why not partake in a time-honored tradition and hit up a coney island in the airport? While Leo’s at McNamara lacks the old-school charm of some of the more venerable coney islands in the city, it has friendly wait staff and reasonable prices for a full-service airport diner with options like gyros and chili-topped hot dogs. Some customers report that service is slow, so do yourself a favor if you have a short window between flights and ask for your check when the food is delivered. [A40-A76]
- Longhorn Steakhouse: The airport’s outpost of this chain has gained a modest reputation among frequent flyers for consistent quality and prices (the view isn't too bad either). Grab breakfast with options like French toast, or order from the regular menu complete with steak, steak salad, and burgers. Be forewarned: The cutlery inside the airport is plastic, which may make slicing beef challenging. [A63]
- Max & Erma’s: Casual dining chain featuring American cuisine and drinks in an environment with kitschy memorabilia. [A18]
- McDonald’s: World-famous hamburgers and fries. [Gate Central Link]
- Mezza Mediterranean Grille: Entrees like beef & chicken shawarma, kebabs, and hummus are a few of the dishes offered here. [A54]
- PF Chang’s: Asian-themed casual dining chain [A38]
- Plum Market: For flaky pastries and coffee, one can do far worse than Plum Market at DTW. The outlet features a bar area and dine-in seating, but most customers head for the cafe line with Zingerman’s pastries to fuel up before a flight. [A36]
- Popeye’s: Louisiana-style fried chicken and bayou sides [A60]
- Potbelly: Made-to-order sandwiches prepared with meats, cheeses, and veggies. [B2}
- Qdoba: Burritos, tacos, and queso [A72]
- Reflections Restaurant and Lounge: This restaurant and bar inside the airport’s on-site Westin comes with nice amenities. The menu features options like flatbreads, salmon, and seasonal soup, plus a full bar. [far end of McNamara Terminal check-ins]
- Sora Japanese Sushi Bar: Airport dining stalwart Sora is still a go-to for many passengers. While the options aren’t mind-blowing, the restaurant has a respectable selection of sushi, udon, and ramen. [A35]
- Subway: Submarine sandwiches, wraps, salads, and beverages [A60]
- Vino Volo: This wine oasis in Concourse A is a good option for those looking to relax with a glass of chardonnay or cabernet franc. Try the cheese plate or a brie sandwich while enjoying a calm ambiance and let the mayhem of rushing travelers pass by. [A45]
The airport has four Delta Sky Clubs (gate level across from A38, second level across from A18, second level across from A68, at gate level across from concourse C)
Freedom Center (Armed Services Lounge) is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., across from A43
Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit, and United all arrive and depart from the North Terminal.
Best Bets in the North Terminal
- Air Margaritaville: The airport bar version of Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant chain serves margaritas, strawberry-banana pina coladas, and guacamole-jalapeno burgers. [D6]
- Atwater Brewery: Welcome to the airport outpost of Detroit-born brewery Atwater. Expect German-style beer options such as the Dirty Blonde Ale, Vanilla Java Porter, and the Corktown Rye IPA. There are also food options such as beer cheese and chips for snacking. [D19]
- Detroit Street Cafe — Zingerman’s Coffee: This North Terminal stop serves Zingerman’s Coffee and espresso drinks as well as Rishi Teas. [D6]
- National Coney Island: What’s a trip through Detroit without a coney dog? National Coney Island’s last remaining outpost is holding steady in the North Terminal touting a little slice of Detroit food culture. Will it be as good as grabbing a dog in downtown Detroit? No. But it will satisfy hunger pangs in a pinch. Check out the traditional coney topped with chili, onions, and mustard or Greek entrees like the gyro. [D18]
- Starbucks: For a proper cup of coffee. [D10 & D26]
All North Terminal Options
Air Margaritaville [D6]
Anita’s Kitchen [D23]
Atwater Brewery [D19]
Detroit Street Cafe — Zingerman’s [D6]
Jolly Pumpkin [D14]
National Coney Island [D18]
Starbucks [Gates D10 & 26]
The Lufthansa Senator Lounge is on the second level, Gate D8.
Freedom Center (Armed Services Lounge) is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., across from D17
Use an App to Order and Pre-Pay
The mobile ordering app Grab allows customers to place orders and prepay for meals at a limited selection of spots including Max & Erma’s, Popeye’s, and Sora, in Terminal A.