Dine Boston

Moonlighting chefs at Boston’s Logan Airport

It’s not unusual anymore for highly regarded local restaurants or well-known chefs to open eateries in airports.

Boston’s Logan International Airport does this with a twist: at the Dine Boston restaurant, located pre-security in Terminal E, the Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program showcases dishes created by a rotating team of New England chefs. The featured dishes change every three months.

Next up in the “moonlighting chef” series is Richard Garcia, the executive chef at 606 Congress, the restaurant at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, where the menu features modern farm cuisine with regional influences using a lot of ingredients from farms in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

For the Dine Boston program, Chef Garcia chose a New England Artisan Cheese Plate and main courses of braised Hampshire pork shanks with butter beans, orange gremolata and fennel or Atlantic Hook Line Caught Haddock with white bean & chorizo stew, yogurt cheese and dill. The featured dessert is warm organic chocolate ganache cake with candied beets and vanilla bean ice cream.

Sound tasty? As an added bonus, passengers who choose to eat at Dine Boston before going through security can request a special pass that allows them to use the security-line ‘shortcut’ usually reserved for frequent fliers.

Souvenir Sunday at Boston Logan International Airport

Each Sunday here at Stuck at The Airport is Souvenir Sunday – the day we take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive souvenirs you can find at airports.

Souvenir at Boston Logan Airport

This week’s souvenirs come from the Travel Basics shop in Terminal E at Boston Logan International Airport.  Located pre-security, the store offers exactly that: travel basics such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, greeting cards and a good selection of basic office and art supplies.

Travel Basics at Boston Logan

Even better – everything is tagged with incredibly reasonable prices.

For example, I found this 99-cent bottle of shampoo being sold for…. 99 cents!

Shampoo at Boston Logan Airport

The shop is located across the corridor from Dine Boston. The full-service restaurant and bar has a sassy serving team and a menu that gets refreshed every few months with dishes by well-known local chefs.

Worried you won’t have time to sit down and enjoy the meal? Not to worry: your restaurant receipt gets you express service at the security checkpoint.

Want to know more about the services and amenities at Boston Logan International Airport?

See my Boston Logan International Airport Guide.  It’s one of 50 airport guides I created for USATODAY.com. The guides are updated monthly and include tips from travelers, so feel free to share your airport finds.

And don’t forget: Stuck at the Airport wants your souvenirs!

The ideal souvenir for Souvenir Sunday is something you can buy at an airport that’s inexpensive (about $10), “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat.

If you spot something that fits the bill, please take a photo of the item and send it along.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, you’ll receive a special souvenir.