Denver International Airport Moves Up in National Ranking for Healthy Dining Options

Published on : Saturday, December 5, 2015

Denver International Airport CEO Kim DayFor the third year in a row, Denver International Airport (DEN) has been named one of the top U.S. airports for healthy food options.


DEN ranks No. 5 on the 2015 list of the healthiest airport food options among the country’s busiest airports, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. According to the study, 80 percent of the airport’s restaurants offer at least one qualifying cholesterol-free, plant-based entrée, such as leafy green salads, veggie wraps or black bean burgers. This year’s ranking moves Denver up two spots from last year’s list.


“Visitors to the Mile High City can take healthful eating to new heights by sampling green salads with grilled portobello mushrooms and toasted pumpkin seeds at Denver Chophouse,” the report reads. “Chef Jimmy’s Bistro dishes out vegetarian sandwiches and a Kung Pao salad served with vegetables and noodles. Pour La France serves a roasted eggplant and red pepper panini and a Provençale salad with sun-dried tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and garbanzo beans. Those looking for extra West Coast crunch can head to Colorado Sports Bar for a sunflower seed burger or stop by Root Down DIA for a roasted Brussels sprouts and squash salad. Root Down’s Concourse “C”aesar – made with a blend of greens, radishes, scallions, and miso dressing – remains ever popular.”


DEN’s concessions program consists of more than 170,000 square feet of retail space inside the airport that includes more than 140 locations offering an exciting culinary, fashion and retail experience.


“We know that today’s travelers are looking for a variety of high-quality dining options that include a robust selection of delicious, healthful items,” said Bhavesh Patel, DEN’s chief revenue officer. “We are continuing to evolve our concessions program to offer more variety, local flavors and an overall elevated travel experience that will help passengers live life and travel well.”


The committee’s annual Airport Travel Guide to eating healthy on the fly highlights several DEN dining options, including:


Concourse A


Concourse B



Concourse C

Final Approach cell phone waiting lot



Airport rankings, according to the Physician’s Committee report:

 Airport Healthful Restaurants/Total Restaurants Score
1. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 44/49 90%
2. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 59/70 84%
3. (tie) San Francisco International Airport  (SFO) 42/51 82%
    (tie) Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) 51/62 82%
5. Denver International Airport (DEN) 44/55 80%
6. (tie) Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) 23/29 79%
    (tie) Salt Lake City International  Airport (SLC) 19/24 79%
8. (tie) Dulles International Airport (IAD) 24/31 77%
    (tie) Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood   Marshall Airport (BWI) 27/35 77%
10. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 69/91 76%
11. Logan International Airport (BOS) 38/51 75%
12. Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) 17/23 74%
13. (tie) Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) 26/36 72%
       (tie) Miami International  Airport (MIA) 52/72 72%
15. San Diego International Airport (SAN) 19/27 70%
16. (tie) Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) 39/58 67%
(tie) Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) 24/36 67%
18. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 51/79 65%
19. (tie) Houston George Bush International Airport (IAH) 23/36 64%
       (tie) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 28/44 64%
21. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) 44/71 62%
22. Orlando International Airport (MCO) 19/31 61%
23. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 62/109 57%
24. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) 32/57 56%



Source:- Denver International Airport


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