Regular readers know that I am a fan of the American Express Centurion Lounge at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport (terminal D, across from gate D14).
Free access to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders, with paid access available to other American Express members.
There’s good food, a good bar, a complimentary spa (15 minute treatments), and showers. It’s attractively designed as well. I’ll gladly take the train between terminals when connecting to visit here instead of using an Admiral’s Club.
A few more clubs like this (they’ve got one in Las Vegas, have San Francisco and New York LaGuardia in the chute, and more in the pipeline) and I won’t mind that my Platinum card won’t get access to American or US Airways lounges after March 22, or guest privileges in Skyclubs in the future either.
If there’s one thing I don’t like about the lounge, it’s that the food options seem to never change. The place has been open for four months, and I’m convinced my body is now 85% braised beef.
They’re still serving the fall menu. There was supposed to be a new winter menu, but we’re ~ 8 weeks into winter and it hasn’t appeared yet. The good news is we’re days away, and I’ve got a copy.
They brand with celebrity chef Dean Fearing and use his recipes, and the delay was apparently in working on the recipes and getting his sign-off on preparation of the new dishes.
Breakfast is getting a makeover — there will still be French toast (changing from almond french toast with a vanilla-pineapple syrup to a vanilla french toast with berries and brown sugar creme fraiche). There’s a different frittata coming, and instead of spinach and cheese tacos there will be egg, ham, and cheese tacos. They’re also adding a breakfast quesadilla with bacon, roasted poblano, and jalapeno jack cheese. And there’ll be a fruit and Greek yogurt bar.
Later in the day a butternut squash soup replaces the sweet corn soup. We keep the smoked beef brisket. There’s a new enchilada coming, and smoked pecan crusted chicken breast over creamy jalapeno jack grits as well.
Here’s a comparison of the old and new menus, that will debut next week:
I wish they would switch up the food on different days of the week. Perhaps the lounge isn’t geared towards very frequent visitors, but connecting in Dallas and especially dealing with bad weather and flight cancellations, it’s possible to spend a lot of time here and they certainly don’t discourage it. It would be nice to ‘mix up’ the food options a little.
That said, this is a very minor quibble in the context of US airport lounges. The mere fact that they have food and it tastes pretty good is leaps and bounds ahead of nearly all other options.