The first touchpoint for many tourists to Arizona will be Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). As a visitor in transit, you’ll appreciate the powered walkways between terminals and the bottle refill stations in every terminal so you can avoid paying $5 for a bottle of water. That is, if you remember to bring your refillable container from home.
TIP: Did you know you can go through TSA security with ice? As long as you don’t have your container filled with water, you will likely sail right through. Of course, you may get an officer who shakes your bottle just to double check, but I’ve never had an issue with ice only.
Another pleasant surprise tourists will find at PHX includes food from several of the best restaurants in Phoenix that have locations at the airport.
Here’s a list of the 9 best restaurants post-security organized by terminal:
Barrio Avion – Mexican – Choose your favorite fillings and you’ll be on your way to enjoying some of the most flavorful Mexican food I’ve tasted.
Taberna del Tequila – Mexican – I haven’t eaten at this restaurant, but from among the options available in Terminal 3, this restaurant would be my first choice in this terminal.
Olive & Ivy, Gate A3 – I’ve been to their flagship Scottsdale location, which has more choices. If I was in the mood for something light, I’d grab a salad from this airport location.
Pei Wei, Gate A22 – Asian – While this restaurant is a national chain, they serve a tasty spicy chicken rice bowl that I’ve enjoyed several times.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Gate B5 – Bacon with eggs, burgers or bloody marys. Try their other locations across the valley for a breakfast that can’t be beat.
Madeleine, Gate B20 – French – The salads and new dinner and wine entrees look very appetizing.
Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Gate C13 – The next time I fly out of Terminal C, I’d like to try the fish or shrimp tacos here.
Barrio Cafe, Gate D1 – Mexican – I love the Cochinita Pibil at this restaurant. Plus, the service is really top notch. I’ve been to the flagship Phoenix location and adore the table-made guacamole. They serve it with a garnish of pomegranate seeds.
La Grande Orange, Gate D1 – You’ll have a hard time making a choice from all of the fresh selections. I’d choose a salad, but you might prefer a sandwich or bakery item. At the Arcadia location, I really like their smashed potatoes.
Any recent PHX travelers care to add to or debate my list? Drop a comment below for your tips.