You can actually find some great grub while waiting for your flight, since some of the city's best restaurants now have outposts at Logan, writes foodie Jacqueline Church
Logan Airport’s food is a Near Miss. “Near Miss” in airline parlance means a disaster averted. (Though, technically it should mean a hit, right?) Forget about flight disasters and focus on food. Logan dining options are a hit. Let’s spell it out for you.
“B is for Bonfire”
Or Terminal B where you’ll find Chef Todd English, celebrated for his “Bonfire” restaurant in downtown Boston, with a Logan locale. Now you can have Argentinean Steakhouse fare right at Logan’s own Bonfire restaurant. Full sit-down dining is available for travelers who are now making sure they get to Logan even early enough to enjoy a 14 oz. Prime Aged Sirloin with sweet and sour mushroom sauce and creamy spinach.
Other menu items at Bonfire include:
-- Bonfire Nachos with lump crabmeat, queso blanco and black beans
-- Baja Fish Tacos with lemon, caper aioli and jalapeno slaw
--Steakhouse Salad with creamy blue cheese, tomato and Spanish onion
If it’s lighter fare you crave, try the Todd English lounge at Terminal B – “Ozone-BOS”. This airport concession replicates a hip cocktail lounge. Only the velvet rope and bouncer are missing. Anyone can get in to enjoy specialty cocktails or lobster nachos topped with black bean silk, pico de gallo, and avocado.
Chilled shrimp cocktail with chipotle aioli and avocado or rigatoni with grilled chicken basil pesto are also on the “grab and go” menu at Ozone-BOS. Gourmet sandwiches and salads can be purchased there and even the stand-by steak frites can fly. Just don’t ask for your Espressozone Martini to go, restrictions on liquids still apply.
“C is for Chowda”
Terminal C has a Boston icon in resident in “Legal C”. That’s the moniker for Legal Seafoods’ Logan outpost. Stop by for some New England Clam Chowder or how about some freshly shucked raw bar and a glass of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay? Roger Berkowitz, owner of Legal Seafoods, has restaurant concessions at Logan’s Terminals A, B and C and is coming to an airport near you soon.
“E is for Elephant”
Terminal E is home to a Logan Airport Elephant Walk. Chef Nadsa de Monteiro of the famous Cambodian-French restaurants in Boston and Cambridge offers gourmet food to Logan travelers.
Filet de Saumon a la Crème aux Champignons et Poireaux
Poulet a la Citronelle
Curry de Crevettes
These dishes and more, await travelers flying through Boston.
Other options at Logan include:
Wolfgang Puck, yes, Spago’s Chef Owner, that Wolfgang Puck – gourmet sandwiches, salads and his famous thin crust pizzas.
Johnny Rockets – Sit at the counter of this hamburger joint circa 1950 and watch your gourmet burger made to order. Poodle skirt, optional.
What made gourmet airport food take off?
Our good fortune stems from the confluence of adversity and opportunity. The intersection of post-911 security issues and the cult of the celebrity chef have both fueled the growth of airport dining options.
Even people who don’t cook watch food television, sport orange clogs and talk about their sustainable diets. And now that one can bring so little on board, the demand was growing for better airport food options. The average household median income for Logan travelers is between $90 K– $120K these well-heeled fliers were hungry for more.
Spirit is at it again, with a handful of fares from $2 roundtrip. Some of these are $9 fare club deals, but others are open to anyone. Last date to purchase is either Dec 29 or 31 midnight ET . See site for details.
Air Canada is having an advertised sale to Europe, but as is often the case, it's the unadvertised sales that are the best.
Fares to Paris, Rome, and Zurich for April travel on Air Canada are in some cases $600 less than on other airlines. No telling how long these fares will last. Most are in the 500 to 600 range including taxes.
Airtran is having a two day sale to Florida, but many of the fares are much higher than on other airlines. For example, on the Los Angeles to Orlando route, Southwest and others have fares in the range of $89 to $99 each way. Airtran's "sale" fare is $184 each way. Travel is through Feb 27 2008. In general, the shorter haul routes are better value. Purchase by Dec 28 midnight ET.
This sale ends Jan 3. Fares start at $1088 each way plus tax and go up to $1558 from Los Angeles, plus tax and tip which add about $265 or so. Travel Jan 10-Mar 23, 2008. There is a 21-day advance purchase requirement.
If you have paid for a flight with a credit card and you contact your credit card company within 60 days of seeing the charge on your bill, you are protected by Federal law. Just ask the credit card issuer to take the charge off your bill.
MaxJet is arranging alternate transportation with EOS Airlines (the best way to fly between New York and London anyway), but it's not clear if they are paying for the EOS flight. Seems unlikely. See details on their site.
This is indeed big news. The merger will make the combined sites the fifth largest travel search site, according to today's press release.
"Kayak.com intends to maintain both the SideStep.com and Kayak.com brands and will develop and promote each site independently, with key SideStep.com personnel joining Kayak.com's team. The merger will combine best practices of each company, and users of Kayak.com and SideStep.com will benefit from access to more comprehensive rates and availability data, a larger portfolio of products and services and an overall improved customer experience," the release states.
We wouldn't be surprised if eventually the Kayak brand absorbs Sidestep, but only time will tell. We will say that our users seem to be very fond of Kayak, which is a friendly and easy to use travel booking site. Sidestep is also a great site, and the two are very similar in functionality.