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Guide to Admirals Club Food / Snack & Beverage

Old Dec 12, 2016, 2:45 pm
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The Consolidated Admirals Club Food and Beverage thread
Including F&B policies, offerings, etc.
For 2016 onward, we have combined the "State of the Soup" and "Drink and Spirits" threads into one F&B thread.

NOTE: Link to Flagship Dining

Food policy and offerings

New offerings in certain locations:
  • Fresh, made-to-order guacamole
  • Premium coffee, espresso & lattes
Morning:
  • Hard-boiled eggs & spice bar
  • Oatmeal, cereal & spices
  • Assorted fruit & yogurt
  • Bagels & breakfast breads
Afternoon:
  • Hearty soups
  • Fresh & healthy grain salads
  • Vegetables, hummus & cheese
  • Cookies & brownies
All hours:
Fruit, snack mix,
Food for sale
Guacamole made to order (as of July 15, 2016)

Some clubs now feature a complimentary made-to-order guacamole bar in the afternoons.

Ingredients from which to chose:
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • jalapeo or serrano (location-dependent)
  • lime
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • salsa (at some locations)
  • corn salsa
  • salt and pepper
Status per club:
  • ATL - not available [current as of December 28, 2016]
  • BOS - (started 9 Dec 2016)
  • CLT B - not available
  • CLT C/D - hours 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun ???
  • DCA (Pier B) - hours 4pm-7pm Wed-Fri ONLY (confirmed 12-19-2017)
  • DCA (Pier C) - hours 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri, 1pm-4pm Sun (not available Sat per new signage 9/15/17)
  • DEN - not available
  • DFW B - hours Mon-Sat 3pm-6pm
  • DFW C - hours Mon-Sun 4pm-7pm
  • DFW D - hours Mon-Sun 4pm-7pm
  • JFK C - (observed multiple occasions)
  • LAX (observed 08 Dec 2016)
  • LGA - (observed March 2017) - hours unknown
  • MIA D30 - (observed 10 Jan 2017)
  • ORD G - (observed 19 Dec 2016)
  • PHL B/C - (observed 27 Dec 2016, 1 Jan 2017 until about 6pm)
  • PHX - (observed 10 Dec 2016)
  • RDU - not available
  • SFO - (observed 4 January 2017)
  • STL - not available
Updated by scottmlew
Beverage policy and offerings
  • Complimentary juices, soft drinks
    • Complimentary "lower shelf" alcoholic beverages
      • Complimentary premium drinks (chits): oneworld elites or in F, J on qualifying flights
        • For sale: "top shelf" alcoholic beverages, bottles of water to Admirals Club members
"House drinks" (lower shelf alcoholic and soft drinks, juices) are complimentary.

Premium drinks (including bottled water, handled by issuing bar chits) are:
  • complimentary for those with status or class of cabin that allows oneworld lounge access (see oneworld lounge access rules - link), or
    • available for sale for Admirals Club members and others accessing Admirals Clubs but not in the above categories.
See Admirals Club Treasure Hunt (drink chit / chits / coupons, etc.) master thread 2016+

Link to archived Admirals Club Dinks and Spirits thread

Link to archived "State of the Soup" thread

Updated 27 Jan 2027 - JDiver
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Guide to Admirals Club Food / Snack & Beverage

Old Dec 23, 2016, 12:48 pm
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Saw it in the BOS club last week. Very odd concept.
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 1:57 pm
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Had it on Monday at ORD G AC. Didn't seem as flavorful as when I had it in CLT last month.
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 2:36 pm
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I've had it at the SFO club a couple of times in the past few weeks; it's a nice preflight snack.
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 6:45 pm
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I've added some hour info where I know it, as well as clubs that do not have it...please update if you have additional info!
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Old Dec 24, 2016, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by Stripe
Saw it in the BOS club last week. Very odd concept.
Which BOS club, out of curiosity? Haven't noticed it yet.
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Old Dec 24, 2016, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by daron4000
Which BOS club, out of curiosity? Haven't noticed it yet.
I saw it in the pmAA club this past Thursday (the one near B30).
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Old Dec 24, 2016, 4:21 pm
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The customize guac is in Miami D30 next to the area where they sell the pre-made salads and sandwiches. Also spotted at CLT D AC in the open seating area just outside the bar. The gents making the guac are super nice and very appreciative of tips. I did notice that the serving size in CLT was about half what it was in MIA.
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Old Dec 24, 2016, 9:58 pm
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Had in both JFK and DCA clubs last week. It's really such an odd food option, and the guacamole itself isnt what I'd call good. There also seems to be no standardization of portion size but a lot of folks seemed to have the problem that I did: nowhere near enough chips for the amount of guac given. I ended up using pita chips, some people cut the line to ask for more tortilla chips.
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Old Dec 24, 2016, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by daron4000
Which BOS club, out of curiosity? Haven't noticed it yet.
Originally Posted by kon104
I saw it in the pmAA club this past Thursday (the one near B30).
Ditto. When I chatted with the gent making the guac a few weeks ago, he seemed to indicate that it was only at the pmAA lounge at this time.
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Old Dec 25, 2016, 4:39 am
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Originally Posted by Stripe
Saw it in the BOS club last week. Very odd concept.
Just out of curiosity, what do you find odd about it?
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Old Dec 25, 2016, 9:58 am
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Partook in this at the JFK-C club yesterday evening.
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Old Dec 25, 2016, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH
Just out of curiosity, what do you find odd about it?
My take: it's not flavors that are universally enjoyed, the poor quality of the avocado base makes it something not super tasty, and once the novelty wears off it's not something popular to repeat guests. It also takes up space , even without a line, and the clubs often lack space as is.
Given the labor cost, I think it would be better spent to upgrade the food offerings to be on par with Delta and United. Some real bagels instead of the stuff AA has at breakfast, fresh salad like UA or DL, etc.
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Old Dec 25, 2016, 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by corky
Who said out of a package? Of course freshly made is good...I make it all the time. I just don't see the need to make people stand in line for their own little customized guacamole. Make a bowl of it and let people help themselves.
No problem you don't see the need, but listing to others you should get the sense that there are others that do. Any positives adds even if they aren't my cup of tea I still look at has a Positive add. Kudos AA
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Old Dec 26, 2016, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by Adam1222
Had in both JFK and DCA clubs last week. It's really such an odd food option, and the guacamole itself isnt what I'd call good. There also seems to be no standardization of portion size but a lot of folks seemed to have the problem that I did: nowhere near enough chips for the amount of guac given. I ended up using pita chips, some people cut the line to ask for more tortilla chips.
no one is ever happy with anything. At least in the future u will know not to wait in line to get some!! :-)
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Old Dec 26, 2016, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier
no one is ever happy with anything. At least in the future u will know not to wait in line to get some!! :-)
​​​​​​ "Nothing makes everyone happy" should be the motto of this forum, after all.
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