Yesterday I shared the rumor that the United Polaris Lounge in Chicago would begin offering restaurant-style dining service today. This is one of the key features of the lounge that United has been heavily promoting. Prior to today, however, they had only been offering buffet service which, frankly, wasn’t the game changer we had been promised.
Well, it turns out that the rumor was true!
The United Polaris Lounge in Chicago is now accepting orders for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Points Guy has posted a copy of the menu and it looks pretty darn good.
Breakfast runs from 7:15 AM to 11:00 AM and has nine different hot options, including a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles. Then there are cold choices and a variety of breads.
Lunch and dinner share the same menu and are available from 11:00 AM until 8:30 PM. Here there is a selection of appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. There seems to be a bit of a fried chicken theme as you can order it as a sandwich or an entree. Or if that’s not your thing, you can go with the the ribeye, shrimp, or gnudi dishes. Interestingly, there seem to be roughly the same number of choices on the ground (five, counting the entree salad) as there are in the air.
All and all, it seems like a very solid offering.
In addition, OMAAT reader PeterR dined in the Polaris Lounge today and shared some pictures of the menu and his meal over on FlyerTalk. It seems that the actual menu is slightly different than the one that TPG obtained, but generally similar.
Now I’ll be interested to hear how all of this is executed. The Polaris Lounge was fairly busy when my family arrived around 5 PM earlier this week, so hopefully they are staffed appropriately for these periods of peak demand. If so, I’ll be excited to dine in the lounge for short-ish overnight flights to Europe, as I’ll gladly take all the sleep I can get on the plane.
Restaurant-style dining is now live at the United Polaris Lounge in Chicago. The offerings are impressive.
I’m just a bit saddened that my family missed the debut by a couple of days as we’d have loved to do a once-around-the-menu for you all. Oh well, maybe next time.
Does the start of sit-down service at the Polaris Lounge have you excited?