Stephan Pyles To Pack High-End Airport Lunch Boxes at DFW

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Airline dining has been synonymous with substandard eats forever, as multiple decades of prepackaged, lifeless meals have graced our flimsy fold-out tray tables. We've became collectively aware of a basic and undeniable fact: This stuff is absolutely terrible.

In response, airlines have taken three major tacks. They either charge you for it (meals that were once free, or at least included in your ticket prices, are now hidden in a cardboard box and offered at "affordable" prices); charge you a lot for it (airlines work with high-end celebrity chefs to come up with fancy menu items like onion carbonara and coriander-cured beef fillet); or completely ignore food and toss you a free bag of pretzels (by far the best option).

Stephan Pyles is teaming up with La Bodega, a wine shop buried in the A Terminal of DFW Airport, to offer meals for purchase before you board your plane. Containers and a specialized pouch promise to keep your meal fresh and tasty as you hurtle toward your destination at hundreds of miles an hour.

This video doesn't say much about the food itself, but if you blow up a screen shot of the menu you can make things out. Breakfast items include chilaquiles, chorizo potatoes and eggs and corn griddle cakes and cost $12-14. Lunch features a duck confit empanada and a lobster dish among others and runs $8-22. Wines pairings are listed for each dish, but airline policies regarding alcohol vary -- you might have to buy that Veuve Clicquot Gold Label on your plane if you want to enjoy it with your lobster with mango and basil dish.

Will the venture work? Some of the prices seem affordable given the typically high cost of food offered in airports. And certainly a papadum sampler with chaat masala designed by Stephan Pyles sounds significantly better than a bean burrito in a paper sack from Taco Bell.


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Who effing cares about the food?  Just get me on a plane without 15 crying kids and a 400 pound neanderthal/(ette) going Jabba over half my seat.  Then leave on time and arrive on time.  One can only dream.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Premium airport food and known chef terminal fare seems to be doing well in many places: Rick Bayless has a spot at O'Hare that's highly regarded, Gordon Ramsey has one at Heathrow also highly regarded, and doesn't Wolfgang Puck have a mini-chain at airports?

Anything that knocks McDonald's down the list of options is welcomed at any airport in my book.

VIP
VIP

ScottsMerkin is correct. Terminal A gates from 1-18 are closed due to renovation. And the LBW location is far from buried in Terminal D -very prominent space near gate 14 and the security check point. This is a perfect place for the international travelers to finally have premium meal options on the South side of Term D. Thank goodness.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Here is novel concept  I ALWAYS employee when taking a flight:

-Eat before you go to the airport....PROBLEM SOLVED!  If you are so gigantic that you can't miss a meal, then skip the flight, and go the gym-tubby.  Besides, eating just get's in the way of quality drinking time. 

ps-Being a former airport vendor, I know that ANYTHING they serve in the termy, or on the plane is going to taste like a 1974 Buick. By the time they get through security these days, said product is ready for social security benefits-trust me on this one....brah's. dude?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

On american, I believe the rule is you can bring your own liquor on, but the flight attendant must serve it to you.

Also there is a La Bodega in Terminal D gate 14.  And I dont think the location at A is open due to construction on terminal A gates 1-17

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I know there is a Wolfgang Puck in a few airports (including Cincinnati). Cat Cora's in SFO is really good. I had too many beers there before I flew back.

ts
ts

Does your sage advice apply to international flights?

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