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Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?  
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8939 times:

Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.

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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8846 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

No worse than any other airline's that I have tried. You're never going to please anyone with airline food.

I wouldn't consider DL food bad compared to the other offerings out there. I can't speak for food in Steerage on international flights but the stuff up front was comparable to anything I had eaten up front on other airlines including VS and SQ. Domestic First food is ok but they do server the same thing over and over while domestic steerage gets snack packs.

I believe the pilots get a Business class meal while the stewardesses get something from Steerage. While it might not be horrible I'm guessing they get tired of eating the same thing and choose to buy their own food before leaving.



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User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1535 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8795 times:

I flew F class to HNL last summer and had a very nice steak lunch. It was the first time I've ever had airline food (minus a lunch on TWA 10 years ago), and I was very satisfied. A nice salad to start off, then lunch, hot fudge sunday for dessert. Then a bag of chips and a turkey wrap before we landed. Overall I'd say it was pretty good, but like I said I really have no basis for comparison.

User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8766 times:

I've never found airline food to be bad. I mean when you are preparing meals for thousands of people, I bet it would a bit difficult to please everyone's taste buds.

Another question, it seems the airlines which I have flown, internationally anyway, serve the same main entree which is chicken, beef or pasta. Do the same chefs prepare food for all the airlines or are there several companies at one airport?

I remember ordering the kids meal for my children several years ago with Varig. They brought meals with cheeseburger, french fries, chocolate milk, chocolate candy, chocolate cake, and chocolate pudding! For some reason they didn't complain.


User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8734 times:

When I flew JFK-ATH, I had 3 rounds of drinks, snacks, then the dinner which was lasagna or chicken, I had the chicken and my gf had the lasagna. They were good considering it's an airline food. After that, 2 more rounds of drinks, plus fruit for desserts and that's it.

On the ATH-JFK route, the dinner was replaced with chicken wraps, and haggan daz ice cream was served for dessert!  Smile


User currently offlineCEO@AFG From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 245 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8729 times:

Chicken, steak or pasta are quite universal, very few won't eat those offerings. Usually the Pasta dish is vegetarian to cater to that rather large segment. Also don't forget there's a lot of people who don't eat pork, that's why chicken or steak (beef) are a safer bet.


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User currently offlineAanyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8729 times:

As a Flight Attendant I always bring my own food with me, I very seldom eat anything that we serve. It's not that the food we serve onboard is bad, it's just not the healthiest. Secondly, even if you do eat the food it's the same thing every trip and it gets old after awhile. On the other hand, 95% of pilots will eat anything we give them. Why would a pilot pay to bring his own food onboard when he gets it for FREE onboard.

User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8701 times:

My oldest son and I were upgraded to First Class 2 years ago on American from Miami-Sao Paulo. I loved the food and service. My son asked if he could have the meal from economy. Teenagers! Sheesh!

User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7165 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8617 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before

I did a SNN JFK SNN with DL recently, and the food was quite good actually - filling, tasty, and well presented.

However, the Y class menu hasnt changed much in five years, so could imagine that the crew are pretty bored with it by now.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8903 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8596 times:

Delta's first class domestic meal isn't horrible - it's some type of chicken breast (presented a couple of different ways), a couple of sides (potatoes are pretty common as one), a small salad, and a piece of cake. Chicken isn't that bad either; gets a bit repetitive on your 5th transcon flight in a month, but it's not the worst.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8516 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
Delta's first class domestic meal isn't horrible - it's some type of chicken breast (presented a couple of different ways),

Meal 1 - Chicken breast with mushroom ravioli, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.
Meal 2 - Chicken breast with green beans or grilled vegetables and potatoes, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
gets a bit repetitive on your 5th transcon flight in a month

Yes it does but it is still better than nothing and is tasty and filling.



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8472 times:

The food on our recent Delta JFK-BRU and return flight was pretty damn good, for an airline economy-class meal. The chicken was tender and actually moist.


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User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8472 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.

What a ridiculous post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches. Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast.

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused



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User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8459 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Last weekend at Dublin Airport, what seemed to be the entire cabin crew of a Delta flight were in the convenience shop buying breakfast rolls and other take-away snacks. Going by their immaculate appearance they seemed to be departing. The pilots waited outside, remaining dignified and aloof from this gorgefest-scramble.

Is Delta's food THAT bad, or do they not get breakfast in their hotel? I've never seen this before.

What a strange post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches. Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast.

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11656 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8436 times:

I flew them on JFK-FCO last year and was very impressed with the meals for Economy. Notably, they are the only airline to date who have offered me a whole fresh fruit with the meal, kudos to them for including a healthy option!


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8420 times:

Quoting Aanyc (Reply 6):
As a Flight Attendant I always bring my own food with me, I very seldom eat anything that we serve. It's not that the food we serve onboard is bad, it's just not the healthiest. Secondly, even if you do eat the food it's the same thing every trip and it gets old after awhile. On the other hand, 95% of pilots will eat anything we give them. Why would a pilot pay to bring his own food onboard when he gets it for FREE onboard.

Spot on! Couldn't have said it better. Although 95% may be a bit low. Big grin



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8417 times:

Yes, it is - but so is the food on AA, CO etc too. US carriers have lowered the bar so far on their food offerings in the name of cost-savings, even in premium classes, that they no longer even compare with even the Y offerings on carriers like AF. AA in particular is a culprit here, their food offering is abysmal now.

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8392 times:

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 12):
What a ridiculous post. No different than customers buying food or snacks on an international flight, in spite of the fact that meals will be served on board. Wasn't aware that buying a sandwich and a fresh squeezed juice at the concession at Dublin was classified as an undignified act. As it happens DUB airport has great breakfast rolls and sandwiches.

What a ridiculous reply  Big grin . How many "customers" (or passengers, as they are more commonly called by us non-airline employees) have you seen buying food before a flight? Even with Ryanair and European Aer Lingus flights where passengers pay for food, most people buy it on board if they want.

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 12):
Also, as Dublin is ranked in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, many of my colleagues are not interested in dishing out 20 Euros for a greasy hotel buffet breakfast

I'd like to know what sort of hotels Delta puts its crew in if the have to pay 20 euro for breafast? Five star?

Quoting FLYACYYZ (Reply 13):
Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I've never seen this before.

 Yeah sure  Confused

Listen, I've been travelling for over 35 years, and usually notch-up one or two long-haul and half a dozen short-haul destinations each year, and I can tell you I have NEVER seen an ENTIRE crew queue up in an airport shop for food.
 Yeah sure


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8389 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 17):
I can tell you I have NEVER seen an ENTIRE crew queue up in an airport shop for food.

Yes, but the brekkie at the DUB restaurant is very tasty, indeed. I have queued up many times for that. Baked beans on toast, black pudding, potatoes, a cuppa. Heaven on a plate. You can't get that onboard.

While the whole crew may be rare, at least a few of us do. Airplane food gets old after a while, especially if you see it everyday.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8385 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
Meal 1 - Chicken breast with mushroom ravioli, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.
Meal 2 - Chicken breast with green beans or grilled vegetables and potatoes, salad, roll with butter, and a varying slice of cake.

Sounds like my meals on my flights to and from LAS back in March.....

Having years back flown non-rev in First on DL, depending on the route, the meals weren't always that bad. The best flights to non-rev on in First were the old ATL-PDX and PDX-ATL flights that were legs to the ATL-PDX-NRT and NRT-PDX-ATL flights. BusinessElite service on a domestic flight. Choice of chicken or steak on the PDX-ATL flight. The steak wasn't that bad, it was better than the rubbery chicken you'd get up front on most domestic first class flights.

Even though passenger know there is meal service on their flight (or depending on the airline, the route, their class), some of them still grab something to eat because you never know when something might happen that delays the meal service. The flight could get delayed at the departure airport, or there could be rough weather in flight which would not allow meal service. I try to make sure I eat something before a flight just in case, even if there isn't a meal being served on the flight.


User currently offlineTwoLz2Rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days ago) and read 8371 times:

When I flew DL CDG-CVG last week and the hot meal dish (some sort of pasta in a cream sauce) was really good while everything else was terrible!

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8367 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 18):
Yes, but the brekkie at the DUB restaurant is very tasty, indeed. I have queued up many times for that. Baked beans on toast, black pudding, potatoes, a cuppa. Heaven on a plate. You can't get that onboard.

Oh I know . . . a plateful of cholestorol! But these guys and girls were buying breakfast rolls, yoghurt, fruit and other things in the shop.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8359 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 21):
But these guys and girls were buying breakfast rolls, yoghurt, fruit and other things in the shop.

Like others have said, Braybuddy, they are probably sick of airplane food and didn't want to pay the price at the hotel for the brekkie (although I am sure DL crews get a discount at their hotel, we do).

It is rare for the whole crew to queue up. A few yes, but not the whole crew. In CGN, a few of us go to the Kamps right outside customs for a pastry, sandwich or whatnot. Damn good snacks and food. Beats what we get onboard.



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Just How Bad Is Delta's Food?

Ummm....it's not....

It's pretty good actually, with the exception of a few redeye domestic first dishes.



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