San Diego Airport Restaurant Named No. 1 for Atmosphere

Phil's BBQ at the San Diego International Airport has been named the No. 1 on a list of top airport bars and restaurants

San Diego’s staple southern spot, Phil’s BBQ, grabbed the No. 1 spot in a list of USA Today’s 10 Best Airport Bars and Restaurants for Atmosphere.

Not that we’re surprised. The well-known eatery has boasted spots in many rankings and is a local favorite, with several locations in addition to its outpost at Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport.

The ranking takes into account atmosphere, design and “layouts to promote relaxation.” USA Today polled readers online over the course of a month and voters were allowed to pick their favorite restaurant once a day.

Other West Coast winners include Cafeteria 15L at Sacramento International Airport, Timber Ridge at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Phil’s BBQ wasn’t the only local standout on USA Today’s roundup of “10Best.”

The San Diego International Airport's PGA Tour Grill ranked No. 9 on a similar list of 10 Best Restaurants for Sitdown Dining.

The airport as a whole also took the No. 9 spot for best airport shopping.

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