Let’s be honest, flying is exhausting, and airports and airlines aren’t exactly known for their tasty and affordable food. Those markups in the terminal are frustrating, especially if you just want something good to eat on a hectic day. Lucky for you, if you find yourself flying into, out of, or just having an extended layover at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, there are plenty of tasty options that are only a quick drive away. So buckle your seat belt and put that tray table upright as we take off into this list of the tastiest and most affordable spots near Cleveland’s airport.
4341 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44135
Not only does this casual pizza shop offer up delicious pizzas with over a dozen different topping options, but they also offer pasta, subs, wings, stromboli, and more! While their pizzas are some of the best in the city, their wings and stromboli are also incredibly popular and filling. With affordable prices, why not just go for a pizza, some wings, and a stromboli? Not only will every bite be delicious, but you’ll be sorted for food for at least the next day!
14304 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44135
Cafe Everest is by far the most unique spot on this list. That’s because this local delight of a spot specializes in Nepali fast food like Momo, Chaumin, Nepali-style Noodles, and Chapte. They also make excellent Indian food, including curries, kebabs, and tandoori. The food is incredibly affordable, especially when you compare it to what airport food costs. Might as well make a quick stop at Cafe Everest on the way. You’ll be in and out in no time and thoroughly stuffed.
21930 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
Do you have an early(ish) departure, or are you getting back into town early in the morning? If your answer to either of those questions is a yes, then you absolutely must check out Gina’s Place. Open from 6 am until 1 pm, Gina’s serves breakfast all day and even has a short lunch menu from 11 am until they close. They’re known for having some of the best home fries around, and everything on the menu is cooked to order. Friendly, tasty, and fast, Gina’s is everything you could ask for.
21490 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
Opened in 1936, Gunselman’s has witnessed its fair share of history and has been serving happy customers the whole time. If you’re just getting home and need a bite to eat or if you’re about to take off and don’t want to splurge on airport food, Gunselman’s has quite a few options when it comes to burgers. From The Big G Burger with its two ½lb patties and delightful brioche bun to The Beast Burger with its wagyu beef, bison, wild boar, New Zealand elk, Ito, and house-made “beast sauce,” Gunselman’s has a burger for everyone.
16700 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44111
To go ahead and get it out of the way, yes, Hatfield’s is owned by descendants of the infamous Hatfields vs. McCoys conflict. Hatfield’s initially started off as a food truck, but when demand started to outpace the truck’s ability to keep up, they opened up a brick-and-mortar restaurant to delight locals and visitors alike with a friendly space and delicious southern food. The food truck still runs, though, and if you’re in a hurry, you can walk in, order a coffee, place your order for takeout, and be on the way to catch your flight.
368 West Bagley Road, Berea, OH 44017
Sometimes all you need is some simple Mexican food and a margarita. Maya delivers that and more. Located just south of the airport, Maya Restaurant is your standard, casual Mexican joint that delivers all the classic dishes and flavors you’d expect. They are constantly running daily specials, so there is always a deal to be had. That can be clutch, too, when you’re about to spend your day flying or just got off of a long flight and just want something quick, filling, and easy.
6710 Smith Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Rivals Brew Pub is a sports bar through and through, which makes it either the best place to kill time before hopping on a plane or unwinding after getting off one. The staff are attentive and compassionate about their customers and take pride in their excellent service. Rivals use a blend of fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create classic and unique dishes that ensure you are full and satisfied. The also menu accommodates all dietary requirements and needs. You can find nearly 30 beers on tap, with new local craft brews always rotating through. It’s only a short drive from the airport, too.