At this point, you’ve probably already heard about Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s recent renovations to the John S. McCain III Terminal 3. Planes are landing, people are milling, and new local restaurants locations are open. Valley-based eateries in Terminal 3 include The Parlor, SanTan Brewing, and Mustache Pretzels.
The biggest deal might be The Parlor — a popular spot for artisan pizza and handmade pastas, plus salads, sides, and breakfast items like a wood-fired pancake with rosemary maple syrup for early travelers.
For many of us, finally getting beyond security at the airport means you’re officially in vacation mode. Arizona’s award-winning and largest craft brewery, SanTan Brewing, now has a full-service restaurant and bar in the South Concourse. Travelers may enjoy craft and seasonal beers, or dig into pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches, breakfast items, and those irresistible Brewer’s Fries.
Visitors can also show their layover who's boss with a stop at Mustache Pretzels – the award-winning, Phoenix-based pretzel company that began as one food truck. And Mustache Pretzels are just like they sound, so keep your camera handy.
Other new Terminal 3 food and beverage choices include Panera Bread, Shake Shack, and two new Starbucks locations (duh) with a Phoenix skyline-inspired design.
“We’re thrilled to ring in the New Year by welcoming travelers with a new, enhanced dining experience of local and national favorites in the modernized Terminal 3,” HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas says in a press release. “HMSHost and our restaurant partners are honored to be a part of Sky Harbor’s growth and modernization and excited to continue evolving the dining choices with the most in-demand and on-trend flavors.”
HMSHost, a global restaurant, has also brought local dining options like Barrio Café, Chelsea’s Kitchen, and Cowboy Ciao to Sky Harbor — primarily to Terminal 4. HMSHost partnered with KIND Hospitality, Inc., and Emerging Domestic Market Ventures, LLC to populate Terminal 3 with these dining options as part of Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 Modernization Program.
John S. McCain III Terminal 3 serves Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Sun Country airlines.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.