Wolfgang Puck Express Upgrades Into a Full-Service Restaurant

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The new look Photo: Wolfgang Puck Express

Wolfgang Puck is in full reinvention mode this summer. Not only is he rehabbing Spago, but he's changed the concept at his ubiquitous Wolfgang Puck Express, the chef's fast-casual offshoot that you probably pass at a dozen airports. Already serving now but grand-opening on September 13 in LAX's Terminal 7, the new WPE will be the first with a full-service, sit-down dining room serving a bigger menu that adds to the quick-serve selection of pizzas and sandwiches, along with a central bar stocked with booze for the airport's captive audience.

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Other additions include a self-order kiosk, perfect for the slim percentage of people who have mastered those tricky self check-in machines, and a new rustic design that promises to buck "what's typically expected in an airport setting," according to a press release.

Check out the above shot of the bar, which is overseen by some ghostly images of Puck and what looks like chef Lee Hefter, and check out the menu below, complete with the smoked salmon pizza Spago fans are already missing.

MENU

SMALL SALADS, SOUPS & APPETIZERS
Butternut Squash Soup, roasted peppers, chives 6
Chicken Noodle, carrots, celery, leeks 6
Butter Lettuce Salad, goat cheese, parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette, tomato bruschetta 7.10
Caesar Salad, parmesan, tomato crostini, caesar dressing 7.10
Roasted Beet Salad, goat cheese, oranges, pecans, fresh greens, bals. vinaigrette 7.25
Crab Cakes with marinated tomatoes, herb remoulade 11.80
Tomato Bruschetta, goat cheese, pesto, basil, parmesan 7.10
Vegetable Spring Rolls with Chinese mustard 7.25

WOOD STONE OVEN PIZZAS
Traditional Margherita with torn basil 10.60
Four Cheese Pesto, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, goat cheese 11.80
Wild Mushroom, roasted pearl onions, gruyère, baby arugula, shaved parmesan, pesto 14.15
White Cheese, fontina, mozzarella, oregano, thyme, alfredo sauce 10.60
Fennel Sausage, fresh mozzarella, pesto, sweet peppers 13
Pepperoni, tomato, mozzarella, chilies 13
Barbecued Chicken, grilled red onion, cilantro, smoky barbeque sauce 13
Smoked Salmon, red onion, capers, dill crème, chives 18.88

ENTRÉE SALADS
Chinois Chicken, wontons, cashews, green onions, ginger & sesame honey dressing 14.15
Greek, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, red wine oregano vinaigrette 10.60 | w Chicken 14.15
Rotisserie Turkey Cobb , eggs, bacon, green beans, tomatoes, gorgonzola, avocado,
balsamic vinaigrette 16.50
Curried Chicken, apples, mixed greens, avocado, toasted pecans, grilled nut bread 14.15
Chicken Caesar, parmesan, tomato crostini, caesar dressing 10.60

SANDWICHES
Served with herb fries (substitute sweet potato fries or butter lettuce salad for 1)
Roasted Turkey, cheddar, caramelized onions, arugula, port wine sauce, house dressing,
horseradish cream 13
Pesto Chicken Salad, romaine, red onions, plum tomatoes 11.80
Chicken Aïoli, mozzarella, romaine, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro aïoli 10.60
Roasted Vegetable, fresh mozzarella, arugula, zucchini tapenade, pesto, tomato 11.80
Meatloaf, melted provolone, bacon, tomato chutney, horseradish cream, crispy onions 14.15

PASTAS
Spaghetti, tomato, basil, garlic, fresh mozzarella 11.80
Cavatappi Chicken Alfredo, bacon, peas, parmesan 14.15
Spaghetti Bolognese, meat sauce, peas, parmesan 13
Four Cheese Macaroni 10.60

WOLFGANG’S CLASSICS
Half Rotisserie Chicken, garlic butter, rosemary, mashed potatoes 17.70
Oven Roasted Salmon, fennel, tomatoes, arugula, roasted potatoes, horseradish cream 21.25
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, port wine sauce, crispy onion rings 16.50

DESSERTSVanilla Bean Cheesecake 7
Molten Chocolate Cake with creme fraiche 8.25
Creme Brulee with berries 8.25