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Kafé Kalik Priority Pass Restaurant Review

After spending over a week in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, my daughter and I enjoyed one night in Miami Beach before heading home from our father-daughter trip. That one night gave us most of two days to enjoy the beach, as we’d landed very early in the morning on Thursday at Miami Airport and were departing the following afternoon from Fort Lauderdale. Our visit to FLL International allowed us to visit the Kafé Kalik Priority Pass restaurant, one of a good number of restaurants that have been added to the network.

Although we were flying JetBlue out of Terminal 3, it is a quick walk over to Terminal 4 where Kafé Kalik is located. Thanks  to text update, we were already aware that our flight was significantly delayed, scheduled for a 9:15PM departure instead of the original 7:15PM. Getting to try out the Kafé Kalik Priority Pass Restaurant at Fort Lauderdale was a sort of consolation prize. But no prize was worth landing in SFO after midnight. The reality of our awful travel day hit hard (SEE: A hellish first experience with JetBlue. It wasn’t the airline’s fault).

Kafé Kalik is near Gate G6 in Terminal 4 of FLL. This terminal is primarily Spirit Airlines departures, and while there were a  fair number of people, it did not feel crowded, unlike Terminal 3 where we would venture later. The Kafé Kalik Priority Pass restaurant offer Caribbean fare in an informal setting.

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Using Priority Pass at Kafé Kalik

To use your Priority Pass membership at Kafé Kalik, you need to present your membership card at the desk before you are seated. You’ll add your guest(s) and sign as usual to confirm the visit. The receipt you are given will need to be presented when you are brought your check for the standard $28 per person per visit Priority Pass restaurant credit.

Make sure you know the entry guesting policy is for your Priority Pass membership! There have been some changes lately, most notably the fact that American Express cards no longer offer access to restaurants that are part of the Priority Pass network.

We had a lot of time to kill, given our flight delays. But we were still smiling at this point, not knowing how bad of an evening we had in front of us.

Food and beverage

The Kafé Kalik Priority Pass restaurant offers Caribbean cuisine, a selection of cocktails and a full bar. Sandwiches and pizza are available for $10-15, and there are a few other entrees in the $20-30 range. Before 10:30 a.m., Kafé Kalik serves a fairly limited breakfast menu.

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We had $58 to spend ($28 per person), and if you’re not going to have a cocktail or one of the more expensive items, it’s hard to exceed the Priority Pass allowance. Otherwise you’ll hit it at about your second cocktail, as those are fairly pricey.

My daughter opted for a flatbread pizza, and I went with the Jamaican jerk chicken and a side of yucca fries. I wanted to try the conch chowder as well, but Kafé Kalik had run out of all soups.

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Service is not especially fast. It took a little while for our food to arrive, and when it did, my plate come out first, with my daughter’s pizza following a full 5 minutes behind. Not the best timing.

I’d rate the food as decent. Nothing special, and definitely not a whole lot put into the presentation, but it hit the spot after an active day.

Dessert?

We did save room for dessert, as there was a bit of the credit left over beyond our drinks and food. I figured trying the rum cake and banana bread pudding would be great, as the rest of the credit was just enough to try both.

But this is where we were disappointed: the rum cake has been discontinued and they were out of the bread pudding. What sort of Caribbean restaurant discontinues rum cake?? Total fail on the desserts. I hope they add other options.

We settled for two blueberry muffins from the grab and go to take for the trip across the country. The server was apologetic, and she suggested this as an alternative to the dessert request. Even adding those, we still ended up $5 shy of the $56 credit.

Conclusion

Overall, it wasn’t the best dining experience, as Kafé Kalik was out of not only soup, but all desserts. The food is decent, but I am sure you could find better in the airport. But if you’re passing through FLL airport and want to save some money with your Priority Pass membership, it’s an option. Another drawback is the fact that the Kafé Kalik Priority Pass restaurant is in Terminal 4, so you better have enough time to make it to your gate in another terminal. Getting to Terminal 3 is pretty easy, but the others might be a stretch.

The Club at DFW Review

My daughter and I transited Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) last week on our way to South America, and with a 7-hour layover, we had plenty of time to hop through a couple lounges. The first we hit up was The Club at DFW using my Priority Pass membership.

The Club at DFW is located in Terminal D. We’d landed at Terminal A, so we had to take the skytrain several stops until we arrived on the other side of the airport. The Club at DFW is located near Gate 27, on the mezzanine level of the airport. If you head into the middle of the cluster of shops, you’ll see the lounge at the escalator leading to it.

Head up, and turn right. You might be confused where to go from there, as the lounge is actually broken into multiple areas, but the signs should help.

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We were greeted warmly by the attending lounge agent, and she scanned our boarding passes and my Priority Pass card. As this is the membership card from my Chase Sapphire Reserve, I can guest in up to two people for free. However, as is common with “The Club” network of lounges, kids 12 and under are free at The Club at DFW. This makes it a great choice if you’re traveling as a family. Unless you have more than one teen, you can get everyone in for free.

Layout and seating of The Club at DFW

The lounge agent explained the lounge to us, as it was our first visit. There are a couple different spaces, and it is a bit more unique than the other The Club lounges I’ve visited. There are a few different sections, including the dining and beverage section, an open-air business center, and then the “Relax” area meant to be more quiet.

As the dining section was pretty full, we opted for the Relax section, which is glassed in and had pleasant jazz music playing.

The seats are comfortable, and there is an ample number of power outlets for keeping your devices charged. Such a necessity in our modern connected world. It’s sad that heading to a lounge and not finding a seat with a plug for my laptop power cord is a source of frustration.

The open-air business area was a popular spot. Open-air being open to the terminal, not the warm Texas air.

It’d be cool if the lounge had views of aircraft or the runway, but you instead look out over airport shopping below.

Past the check in desk to the left is the dining area. We did move over here later when thing thinned out a bit and we both felt like eating.

The Club at DFW is *not* a large lounge. The make do with the space they have, and the space itself is nice, but overall it isn’t that big. Agents were often checking to see if seats were full, and I heard them call in on a walkie talkie a couple times how many were available in one of the areas. My guess is that The Club at DFW becomes capacity-controlled often.

The Club at DFW food and drink

I knew that we would be eating again later at the Premium Lounge as international business class customers, so we just snacked a bit at The Club at DFW. In the relax section there are some beverages, including soft drinks, coffee, and a lemonade tea beverage. I was expecting infused water, so both the sweetness and tang surprised me. It was quite good.

The food options included a small salad bar, rolls, sandwiches, wraps, brownies, cookies and fruit. This is all fairly typical of the Club lounges. There wasn’t really anything to distinguish The Club at DFW from that at SJC, or the one in Atlanta (SEE: The Club at ATL Review).

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You also have a coffee machine and a selection of tea. There was also a soup. I cannot recall what it was that day.

The bar is small and located behind the check in desk and is continually staffed. The Club lounges have a decent wine selection, and plenty of other options to choose from.

Other facilities of The Club at DFW

The Club at DFW may be the only lounge of this type that has a shower. At least it is the only one I know of. The shower is located in the restroom in the Relax section.

Note that this is the only restroom. If the shower is occupied and you need to use the facilities, you’ll need to exit the lounge and head across the mezzanine to the opposite side of the escalators for airport bathrooms. Not ideal, but easy enough to manage as they are maybe 100 feet from the lounge.

The WiFi was a bit of a struggle. Maybe it was just my computer. My daughter didn’t have much of an issue streaming Netflix, but I had trouble loading many web pages. We were also able to FaceTime friends (after moving to the dining area that was a bit more noisy), so the WiFi struggle may have just been my machine.

Conclusion

Overall, our experience was nice, and The Club at DFW might be my favorite of the lounges within The Club network. It is a solid domestic lounge if you have time to kill in Dallas while waiting for a flight. The primary drawbacks are getting there from other terminals, and also the size, as I’m sure it ends up capacity-controlled, especially considering the level of effort staff go through to manage seating.

Hope you enjoyed my review of The Club at DFW!

Timberline Grille Denver Airport: Priority Pass Restaurant Review

During one of my work trips to and from the East Coast earlier this summer, I was able to finally stop by the Timberline Grille Denver Airport. The restaurant is one of those within the Priority Pass network. Priority Pass has been on a spree lately when it comes to restaurant additions to their network, which I think is a major plus for travelers. The latest are in San Francisco (SEE: Two SFO Priority Pass restaurants added to network!), which I hope to stop at next time I pass through there.

Timberline Grille Denver Airport: How to use Priority Pass

The Timberline Steaks and Grille is located in Concourse C of Denver International Airport. Since all of DEN is accessible from a single security checkpoint, you can easily access the restaurant even if your flight is from a different concourse. Just take the train there, but give yourself enough time to get back to your gate.

The restaurant is located in the center of the concourse. The hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Priority Pass membership will give you and each registered guest $28 off the final bill. Depending on the membership, guests may be free or you may be charged. With my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, I can bring two guests into a lounge for free, which would give us $84 off the final bill. This is plenty for three people at this restaurant.

To use your Priority Pass membership at the Timberline Grille Denver Airport, you must present your Priority Pass card and same-day outbound boarding pass. Some lounges let you access them on arrival, but it may be that the Timberline Grille does not. Since I was connecting to San Francisco, I had an outbound boarding pass.

When you get your final bill, $28 will be deducted per person registered with the Priority Pass account. If you register people beyond whatever number of free visits your membership provides, you’ll be charged $32 per person, so you’ll actually be paying extra.

Food and drink

The menu offered by the Timberline Grille Denver Airport is excellent. Rather than the typical domestic airport lounge which offers small bites, snacks, and other fairly cheap fare, the Timberline Grill has a full menu or steaks, burgers and other offerings.

The steaks will eat up most, if not all of the Priority Pass credit, so you may still end up paying a little. But for a sit-down airport meal, it’s still a fantastic deal.

I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, which came with a salad. The food was very good.

The view of the airport was nice as well.

The Timberline Grille Priority Pass credit can also be applied to drinks. It turned out that the sandwich and a glass of wine fell a few dollars short of the credit. My server still happily ran my card so I could tip her.

One note: I did find the Timberline Grille Denver Airport to be rather busy during my visit. I had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated. Luckily, I had a healthy connection and still wasn’t rushed. The wait might make stopping by a bit hard if you don’t have enough of a window of time to eat. I’m sure the fact that the Timberline Grille takes Priority Pass hasn’t helped the demand!

Conclusion

DEN doesn’t offer any other Priority Pass lounge access, but the Timberline Grille Denver Airport more than makes up for that. It’s a great place to stop for a meal if you’re passing through. And for mostly free. Which is obviously the best part. 🙂