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Where to Eat at Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Dining options at BNA are finally looking up, but you might have to wait for a seat

Ah, holiday travel — the season of increased traffic and inevitably delayed flights is here. But having a place to grab a bite or drink on the go is one way to make the most of an otherwise lackluster experience. So here to help assuage those layover hunger pains is Eater's Airport Dining Guide. Certainly, no one is accusing BNA of being a bastion of fine dining (and let's be honest: it would be best to plan to eat after before or after airport arriving at one of these spots), but if one must, there are finally a few more appealing options.

The good news is that more changes are in the works, and soon there will hopefully be more appealing options added to the mix — ones that reflect the exciting things happening in Nashville dining. But until then, at least there are plenty of places to grab a drink.

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8th & Roast Coffee Co: A traveler’s best bet for caffeination (and supporting local), the popular Nashville-born coffee shop was founded in 2009, and thankfully, set up shop inside BNA, the first local option to give reprieve from that pesky Starbucks line. They relocated from Concourse C to Concourse D during renovations. [Located in Concourse D]

400 Degrees Hot Chicken: Aqui Hines brings her wildly popular version of Nashville Hot Chicken to Nashville International Airport. Deep fried with varying heat levels ranging from 0 to 400 degrees — this Nashville staple serves up some of Music City’s best hot chicken, homestyle sides, local craft beers, and cocktails. [Located in Concourse C]

Barista Parlor: Local favorite Barista Parlor offers coffee, its signature breakfast biscuits all day, sandwiches, pastries, and cookies. [Located in Concourse C]

Fresh Attractions: Convenient grab-and-go food and beverage selections. [South Terminal]

Green Beans Coffee Co.: The only dining option located before heading through security, coffee chain Green Beans Coffee offers bakery items and specialty coffee drinks. There’s also live music to welcome you to BNA or send you off in true Nashville fashion. [Pre-security]

Hissho Sushi: While many might not want to eat sushi at an airport, some do, and for them, this place has a selection of starters, sushi, and hot plates. [A/B Rotunda]

Kijiji Coffee: Kijiji Coffee, the first African American-owned coffee shop in the Nashville area, has been serving its premium coffee to Music City since 1997. [Concourse A, near A-3]

La Hacienda: The much-loved Nashville institution posts up at BNA, serving their take on traditional Mexican cuisine. [Concourse A]

Party Fowl: The first Nashville hot chicken restaurant complete with full service, a full bar, and a full brunch, Party Fowl also offers outside the box hot chicken dishes (like a Nashville hot deconstructed Cobb salad or hot chicken Cuban sandwich) to pair with local brews and boozy slushies. [Concourse D]

Pyramids Cafe: A vegetarian-friendly option amid the worldwide hotspot of hot chicken, Pyramids Cafe started offering quick and fresh Mediterranean and Greek food in Nashville in 1993. Pyramids Cafe only uses local farmers for all produce and keeps a diverse mix of items on the menu. [Concourse C]

Starbucks Coffee: Because air travel calls for many coffee stops, (but be prepared for a long line). [Concourse C]

Swett’s BBQ: Find Swett’s comforting tried and true family recipes on the go at the new BNA outpost. [Concourse C, near C-13]

Tennessee Brew Works: Nashville-based Tennessee Brew Works is back in a new space, continuing to pour local craft beer favorites to help ease the pain of a long layover. Share the love by buying some to take home to fellow beer fans. [Concourse A/B Rotunda]

Tootsies Orchid Lounge: The recently renovated outpost of the wildly popular downtown honky-tonk was the only sit-down dining options throughout renovations, and remains a steady spot for bare fare, drinks, and of course, live music before you depart Music City. [Concourse C near Gate C-7]

The Urban Juicer: One of few health-focused options inside BNA, find a menu of smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, and more. [Concourse C]

Vino Fiesta: Find tapas, tacos, wine, and specialty cocktails at Vino Fiesta.[Concourse C]

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