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Granola Sandwiches: American Airlines’ Unique Take on Breakfast

Granola Sandwiches: American Airlines’ Unique Take on Breakfast

If you’re an airline food obsessive, someone with dietary restrictions, or just don’t like surprises when it comes to your next meal, we highly recommend that you check out the airplane food reviews on FlyerTalk. It’s the best way to find out ahead of time if the Asian Vegetarian preorder option is any good, or if the James Beard menu options in Flagship are the major upgrade they’ve promised to be.

And, occasionally, you’ll find something truly surprising like this granola breakfast sandwich that popped up in American Airlines’ Domestic Dining thread.


American Airlines Granola Sandwich

Spotted on an American Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta, this… unique breakfast is captioned “Two terrible options… I just ate the fruit. What’s wrong with serving a turkey croissant sandwich versus this mess?”

It took a minute to figure out just what we were looking at. Is the item on the left some sort of mini croissant? Rugelach perhaps? The jury is still out on that one.

However, the main event–which looks like a sloppy joe at first blush–has been identified. It’s dry granola on a roll. A granola sandwich if you will, also known as “the driest sandwich known to mankind” according to the FlyerTalker who posted this picture.

Not One But Two Granola Sandwiches

If you didn’t know that a granola sandwich was a thing before right now, join the club. And then, imagine our surprise when another FlyerTalker shared another photo of a granola sandwich (also on an E175 but this time, headed from Vancouver to Los Angeles) noting that “You got a much more generous serving than I did.”



Then, a third FlyerTalker remembered seeing, not a granola sandwich but an “oatmeal burrito” also served on American Airlines: “a wrap filled with berry-flavored oatmeal wrapped in a thin tortilla type wrapper. I distinctly remember the bright purple oatmeal in the wrap and just being so confused about how they came up with oatmeal in a sandwich.”

Now we’re left to wonder: are granola sandwiches (or oatmeal burritos) a thing? Is this a new, regional take on breakfast like fried mush, scrapple, or kolaches? If you’ve heard of this unique breakfast option, please let us know where people are eating it.


View Comments (12)


  1. worldwidedreamer

    February 18, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    This is precisely why people don’t pay to fly first class. If the average $39/night budget motel can offer a better breakfast offering, what is the point?

  2. cmd320

    February 18, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Ahhh how AA’s catering has crashed and burned post USAir.

  3. drvannostren

    February 18, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Oh man, I’m a fat guy and I love carbs, but this is amazing haha. I’m looking forward to the fries sandwich next. Think Primanti Bros without the meat.

    this is so lazy, so many other options could easily be had. I’m fine with granola, I’m fine with the bun, but why together? The first picture I didn’t even realize it was granola, i thought it was pulled pork or something, but that 2nd one, no mistaking that!

  4. Rukes

    February 19, 2020 at 12:50 am

    The “thing on the left” is a cinnamon roll rugelach. Just a strange alternate take of giving you an actual mini cinnamon roll.

  5. kirkwoodj

    February 19, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Swing an a miss! yuk

  6. pulokk1

    February 19, 2020 at 5:45 am

    What makes you think these were meals in First Class?

    And the First or Business Class experience is much more than the meals. Yes, they are usually quite good as is the beverage service. Lie flat seat on an 8 hour flight vs. 8 hours in a thinly padded coach seat? You’ve obviously never experienced the former.

    As for staying in a $39/night budget motel, have at it. Good luck when you have a problem with your room, noisy neighbors, etc.

  7. Rukes

    February 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    @pulokk1 because they don’t serve food in dishes like that in Economy, for starters?

  8. fotographer

    February 20, 2020 at 3:41 am

    that is why I never count on airline food , dont go hungry on a plane

  9. mhrb

    February 20, 2020 at 5:31 am

    @drvannostren – clearly never heard of a butty.

  10. Sydneyberlin

    February 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen in a while. And American used to have really yummie breakfast options- was this mess the only choice or could you pre-order an alternative online?

  11. drphun

    February 21, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Do those granola sandwiches in the second picture have pickles on them?

  12. TheStrangerIn29K

    February 21, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Right up there with the proverbial relish & ketchup burritos near the end of some months when I was a TA back in grad school. Granola sandwiches would actually have been a step up.

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