San Diego International
San Diego, CA
Phil’s BBQ (Terminal 2)
If you’ve got one of the best BBQ joints in California in your airport, you should immediately go there and start in on its famous El Toro char-grilled tri-tip and one of Phil’s delicious but uncomfortably named “Tickler” meals.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Terminal C, near C1)
Don’t dismiss this local legend as merely a cheese shop: it's got ridiculously good (“World’s Best”!!!) mac & cheese, grilled sandwiches, and everything else you need. Also, if I may say -- considering how delicious Seattle’s food actually is, the fact that this airport isn’t more of a culinary destination is somewhat ridiculous.
San Francisco International
San Francisco, CA
Lark Creek Grill (Terminal 2, main hallway)
I’ve eaten here more times than any other restaurant in any other airport, and I keep coming back because it’s that damn good (and has a solid bar). If you’re getting eggs in the morning, ask for the tomatillo sauce on the side. It shall change you, and your perception of airport food.