Garbage! The New Food On American Airlines


American Airlines domestic First Class has new food but it’s not great. You see, American Airlines is trying to win in the cost-cutting race over budget carriers. British Airways went through a similar phase of cutting down on it’s Club Europe food offering and now American Airlines seems to be doing the same to its domestic First Class food.

British Airways Improves Their Club Europe Food

The good news is that for British Airways passengers who fly around Europe, BA have gone back on their food reductions and the new meal, even on a 2-hour flight, is reasonable. Take a look at their new afternoon tea offering Admittedly, the fig and Ryvita were pretty disgusting but overall, there was something worth picking at and more on offer than the previous rendition of their afternoon tea!

This week we flew British Airways Club Europe to Nice and again you can check out their much-improved lunch menu.

American Airlines Cuts Back Their Domestic First Food

There is no BA-style positivity for American Airlines passengers.

The good news is that the new meals can be pre-ordered if you’re seated in the first class cabin, 24 hours prior to departure. This will ensure that you have your first choice of meal. You can alternatively order a fruit and cheese plate snack, or you can order a ‘special meal’ like Asian Vegetarian, Muslim, or Kosher.

The new lunch and dinner menu was designed by chef Julian Barsotti, and will be in rotation for the next year. There is a choice of an entree or a salad at lunch. There are four salad choices and 4 entrées. All of the salads come with a grilled chicken breast on the side (so that vegetarians can choose the non-chicken).

Lunch Salad Choices

American Chopped Salad.
TexMex Salad.
Mezze Trio Plate.
Chinese Chicken Salad.

Lunch Main Meal Choices

Spinach Ricotta Raviolini.
Chow Mein Noodle Bowl (pictured above).
Cheese Enchiladas.
Classic Cheesburger.

Each of the entrées is paired with an appetizer:
Caponata, Mozzarella and Salami.
Blackened Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa.
Pesto Vegetables and Feta.
Cold Smoked Salmon and Cucumber.
Ricotta, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Mache.
Haricot Vert, Cucumber, Tomato, Sesame Seeds and Dill.
Broccoli Salad.

Dinner Entrées Choices

You get a choice from four of these:

Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Artichoke Risotto, Asparagus and Herb Butter.
Short Rib with Hatch Chili Mac and Cheese and Haricot Vert.
Grilled Chicken with Shitake Mushroom Sauce and Twice Baked Potato.
Beef Filet with Cauliflower Mash and Broccolini.
Lasagnette Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Kale Ragu.
Falafel Plate with Orzo and Quinoa.
Three Bean Chili with Polenta Cake.
Southwest Lasagna.

These are accompanied by the following appetizers:
Hot Smoked Salmon and Everything Potato Salad.
Old Bay Shrimp with Horseradish Slaw.
Prosciutto, Tomato Straccetti, Cherry Tomato and Arugula.
Curried Chicken Salad with Endive.
Asparagus, Piquillo Pepper, Manchego and Spicy Olives.
Burrata with Spicy Olives.
Mexican Street Corn Salad.
Burrata with Pepperonata and Mache.

Pre-Order Cheese Plate

American also offers a “Lite Bites” service which will have cheese and fruit options you can choose in lieu of a full meal.

Passenger Opinion

Passengers are not very positive about American Airlines declining food describing it with phrases like “roadkill chicken and tasteless salad”. The general consensus is that this new menu is “the same garbage with different sauces”

The Solution?

If Priority Pass continues to roll-out its partnership with airport restaurants across US cities, then you can pick up a free steakhouse steak or delicious salad at the airport pre-flight. Problem solved!

If you’re considering taking out a Priority Pass membership and you travel often, it’s a lot more lucrative to sign up for a credit card and take advantage of FREE lounge access or a FREE Priority Pass with your card, along with all the additional cost-saving benefits for frequent flyers that credit cards offer. Find out which US credit cards offer the best lounge access.

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