When you think of snacking at Denver International Airport, you may think of Panda Express or Burger King. But according to the latest annual study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, DIA now has the healthiest airport food in the country, and tops the list for the first time in a decade.
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Last year DIA ranked only ninth, but this year it's number one. According to the study, today there are plenty of options for the health-conscious at DIA, including a wrap from Itza Wrap! Itza Bowl!, a barley burger from Boulder Beer Tap House and a few of the vegetarian options at City Wok. (Not on that list: the chicken-fried steak breakfast burrito at Elway's.)
According to DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery, the airport has been making a "conscious decision" to offer a variety of choices for travelers. "We're bringing chef-driven concepts and healthier options," Montgomery says. "We know that passengers want variety, and we've been listening to the needs of those passengers."
Over the next few years, almost 75 percent of the concessions will be changing due to expiring contracts, he adds, so passengers will see more variety and more health-friendly options in the future.
Tied for the number two spot were Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. In last place was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AIrport, with just 53 or their 103 in airport eateries offering healthy options.
Here's a full list of the restaurants currently at DIA:
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Boulder Beer Tap House Burger King Candy Shoppe Cantina Grill Caribou Coffee Chef Jimmy's Bistro & Spirits City Wok CofTea Shop Colorado Sports Bar Crú Food and Wine Bar Dazbog Coffee Denver ChopHouse Domino's Pizza Dunkin' Donuts Einstein Bros. Bagels Elway's Heidi's Brooklyn Deli Hope's Country Fresh Cookies Itza Wrap! Itza Bowl! Jamba Juice KFC Express/Pizza Hut Express Lefty's Colorado Trail Grille Lefty's Front Range Grille Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill Lounge 5280 Wine Bar McDonald's Mesa Verde New Belgium Hub New Belgium Spoke Pizza Hut Express/Haagen Daz Panda Express Pour La France! Que Bueno! Mexican Grille Quiznos/Blue Sky Bar Red Rocks Bar & BBQ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Rocky Mountain Coffee Café Root Down Schlotzsky's Starbucks Coffee Steak Escape Subway TCBY Frozen Yogurt Taco Bell Express Tamales by La Casita Timberline Steaks & Grille Udi's Café and Bar Vertical Mile Market Villa Pizza Vino Volo Wendy's Wolfgang Puck Woody Creek Bakery & Café zpizza