I love tacos and I love the tacos that Air Canada currently has on offer at its LAX Maple Leaf Lounge. This is worth a visit if you are a Star Alliance Gold or premium cabin passenger traveling via Los Angeles International Airport.
Great Tacos At Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge LAX
From Taco Bell to the sort of “genuine” street tacos that LA is famous for, tacos are my weakness. Even with my generally carb-free diet (when on the ground), I do make exceptions for tortillas and rice.
Before my flight to Houston last week, I thought I’d skip the United Club and visit the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Terminal 6, which I have not visited for several months. Dinner would be served on my flight to Houston, but I figured a nice bowl of soup and salad in the Maple Leaf Lounge might be better than what was served onboard.
Reaching the lounge, though, I was delighted to see a taco bar with both corn and flour tortillas and protein including:
- Shredded beef
- Chicken tinga
- Vegan plant protein (resembling ground beef)
Chicken Tinga is a Mexican dish made with shredded chicken in a sauce made from tomatoes, chipotle chilis in adobo, and sliced onions. I’ve had “homemade” chicken Tinga from the kitchen of a Mexican-American and figured the lounge version would not measure up.
Surprisingly, it did. The tacos were wonderful (topped with onion and cilantro with a bit of verde sauce) and after my first helping of tacos, I went back to the bar for another round of the shredded beef and chicken Tinga.
I love lounges that offer local cuisine and while the LAX Maple Leaf Lounge lack the full-service bar and terrace that the recently-opened San Francisco (SFO) lounge has, this is quite a nice lounge.
A Great Lounge For United Star Gold And Front Cabin Flyers
Unlike the United Club in Terminal 7, any Star Alliance Gold member traveling on any route in any class of service can access this lounge. So can a Star Alliance premium cabin passenger, even without status. United does not allow lounge access to its network of United Clubs to most domestic premium cabin passengers as well as to United MileagePlus Star Alliance Gold members traveling within the USA.
If you’re traveling through LAX and have lounge access, stop by the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge for some excellent tacos. You’ll be glad you did!