I just found a superb airport lounge that had better food than American Express Centurion Lounges but was empty…totally empty.
Ontario International Airport, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, offers and Escape Lounge in Terminal 2. It’s not part of the Priority Pass network, but American Express Platinum cardholders receive free admittance (plus two guests).
I got the airport early, to allow plenty of time to check out the lounge, and found it totally empty. In fact, for two hours I was there no other passengers visited the lounge.
It is my understanding that the lounge does become a bit more crowded later in the day during the busier afternoon and evening schedule (Terminal 2 is a ghost town from about 10AM to 2PM). China Airlines also uses the lounge for business class passengers on the Taipei flight.
When I arrived, the breakfast spread was still available. It included a potato casserole, French toast, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hardboiled eggs, and yogurt.
At about 10:15AM, the transition to lunch was completed. Lunch was really, really tasty. Hot food included pot roast with mashed potatoes, pasta bolognese, and lemon chicken breast. Soup, salad, and other snacks were available along with a nice dessert selection.
Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Best of all, though, are the fresh cookies and milk.
Honestly, I was so impressed by this lounge. No crowds, good food, and friendly service. I’ll offer a full review but wanted to point out immediately that this lounge is actually worth stopping in prior to your flight. Also, a second Escape Lounge will open in Terminal 4 (Southwest) next month.