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The breakfast sandwiches at Dish D'Lish are hearty and delicious and actually taste like real food. (Photo by Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

Traveling soon? Here are 5 of the best places to eat at Sea-Tac

The next time you're flying out of Sea-Tac International Airport, you don't have to eat at a greasy chain restaurant or suffer through an overpriced, bland airline meal. Nothing's worse than traveling on an empty stomach, so here are five local options to try before you board your next flight.

Dish D'Lish. This is my favorite spot for grabbing breakfast that feels like real food. The egg, cheese and bacon breakfast sandwich is decadent and delicious and perfect for sharing. You can also grab some healthy options for eating on the plane, like tuna or chicken salad sandwiches and fresh salads. Created by chef Kathy Casey, Dish D'Lish is well-prepared food with lots of flavor, something generally lacking from airport fare.

Locations: There are two Dish D'Lish's in the Central Terminal, pre-security on the ticketing level, and post-security in the Pacific Marketplace.

Beecher's. Seattle's favorite cheese spot is also one of the tastiest spots at Sea-Tac. This is another great choice for a breakfast sandwich, Beecher's famous mac & cheese, and a fantastic, oozing, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Beecher's also serves local favorite Caffe Vita espresso and has some great small gifts if you want to bring a piece of Seattle to your travel destination.

Location: Concourse C

Ivar's Fish Bar. Ivar's has saved me from being hangry quite a few times either very early in the morning or late at night while traveling. If you're not worried about calories, get either their smoked salmon or clam chowder in a bread bowl. I personally enjoy their classic fish and chips, especially if I'm about to be stuck on a long flight with only peanuts or snack boxes to keep my stomach company. And while it may seem counterintuitive to stop at a fish spot for breakfast, their Dungeness crab breakfast sandwich is amazing.

Location: Central Terminal

Africa Lounge. This place has a soft spot in my heart not so much for the food, but for the atmosphere. I've spent many a harried holiday travel afternoon and work trip morning with a delayed flight sipping Bloody Mary's at Africa Lounge. It's the perfect dark, cheesy airport bar with a great location for people watching and chatting up strangers while watching a game. There are plenty of local microbrews on tap and if you're at Gate 5 in Councourse A, it's also incredibly convenient.

Location: Concourse A

Anthony's Restaurant and Fish Bar. If you find yourself with a long delay or the security line went riduclously fast (lucky you), then Anthony's is a nice spot for a sit-down dinner. Try the halibut tacos with a local brew.

Location: Central Terminal

What's your favorite spot for grabbing a bite at Sea-Tac?