American Express opened its second U.S. Centurion airport lounge this month. Dallas Fort Worth is the second location after Las Vegas. There are more lounges to come, including San Francisco.
I visited the Dallas facility on a recent connection, and absolutely loved it. I wrote about the facility itself yesterday. It’s the best U.S. airport lounge I have been to. Here’s now the scoop on their food and beverage offerings.
First, know that they’re serious about their cocktails here, the waitress helping me in the restaurant shared her favorites and impressed on me the processes involved in mixing their drinks. Cocktails are by Jim Meehan and wines are curated by Anthony Giglio. These aren’t the rail drinks in the major airline lounges, or the premium drinks I get by showing my non-US elite card and scoring drink chits.
Notably, the food is by local celebrity chef Dean Fearing, and predominantly featuring a Southwestern flair. Some of the items on the buffet while I was there around lunchtime:
- Charred tomato salsa
- Spanish rice
- Borracho black beans
- Spinach queso enchilada
- Pulled chicken enchilada casserole with roasted green chile sauce
- Sweet corn soup
- Smoked barbecue brisket tacos
The food was good but not great, I was as happy with it as with anything I’d find in the terminal and certainly preferred over the meals that American offers for sale in its lounges (though the Cuban pork sandwich at Washington National is surprisingly tasty). I wouldn’t rate the food up there with the First Class Lounges that Lufthansa has in Germany — it’s very good lounge food, but it isn’t Do &Co.