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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread 2022 Edition

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Link to International D1 Menus: https://deltaone.mydeltamenu.com/BOS-LHR/ (replace airport codes as appropriate)
Link to Domestic D1 Menus: https://pc2c.mydeltamenu.com/SEA-JFK/

Link to Delta Premium Select menus:
https://dps.mydeltamenu.com/SEA-ICN/
(replace airport codes as appropriate)

Current 2022 First Class meal service status -- [NOTE - all D1 flights, domestic and international, receive hot meal service]. FC meal service consists of plated meals (including hot options) between hubs and to/from most larger stations (exception stations listed below only receive cold meal box options) on flights over 900 miles which depart before 9PM (scheduled). Pre-selection is available on routes with plated meal offerings, while it is not available on cold meal box routes. In addition, flights over 2300 miles will receive meal service in FC for departures after 9PM. Snack boxes are generally offered on redeye flights under 2300 miles. Meal service is not provided on flights under 900 miles.

Current exception stations where only cold meal boxes (with no pre-selection) are offered in FC on 900+ mile flights (both to and from station):
ABQ, AUA, EGE, ELP, EYW, GEG, IAD, JAC, MCI, OAK, PLS, PSC, PUJ, SAT, TUS, YYZ, YUL, YVR

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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread 2022 Edition

Old Apr 24, 22, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by kmersh
Not defending DELTA"s sad boxes because they were cheap, but AA's First Class Turkey Sandwich were gross and inexcusable, though they were presented nicely so there is something to say for that.
Agree, the sandwiches are vile and I always turn them down if no other option. Fortunately the AA snack basket has those lovely pea stick things which always cheer me up.
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Old Apr 24, 22, 10:56 am
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Wow. I just perused this thread, and I'm blown away how far ahead DL's catering is vs. AA (let alone UA and its embarrassing state.)

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Old Apr 24, 22, 10:56 am
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What would my meal be on DL metal MEX-ATL (lunch & dinner?)
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Old Apr 24, 22, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo
Wow. I just perused this thread, and I'm blown away how far ahead DL's catering is vs. AA (let alone UA and its embarrassing state.)
This is very recent. Up until a month or two ago, DL was at the end of the pack with all of their Covid Cuts. Glad to see real meal service back!
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Old Apr 24, 22, 2:43 pm
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DFW-LAX still has sad boxes. Although, mine was quite a lovely fresh Greek salad which was much better than I was expecting.
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Old Apr 24, 22, 3:54 pm
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22 Apr DL49 AMS-JFK



Everything came out on one tray:
  • Cream of Celeriac Soup with olive truffle tapenade
  • Torched Goat Cheese and Beetroot Tartare with bell pepper hummus and smoked almonds
  • Sabatelli's Burrata, Wild Chicory, and Lemon Zest Stuffed Raviolone / roasted tomato sauce, and vegetable tartar
The soup was excellent, possibly because it tasted like it had a gallon of butter in it (not complaining ). Salad was decent as well, although the dressing was odd -- maybe kept too cold and the balsamic had congealed? The raviolone was quite a let down though -- bland and unremarkable.



I hadn't planned on having dessert, but after walking up to use the lav and spotting them being assembled in the galley I asked for the stroopwafel cake. Not bad, although not quite as good as I'd hoped...



Pre-arrival burger. FT opinion on this seems somewhat love/hate, but I enjoyed the hell out of it as usual Only slight notes would be that the bottom bun came out slightly over, the lettuce isn't exactly classic burger lettuce fixings, and also the cheese tends to run onto the plate, so there's no real way to eat this without getting your hands messy, but the burger was substantial and it was delicious the potato salad was fantastic as well.

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Old Apr 24, 22, 3:59 pm
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23 Apr DL314 JFK-SFO

Union Square menu:
  • Greek Salad with Persian cucumbers, feta, olives, and red wine vinaigrette
  • Morrocan Chicken Stew with herb couscous, cauliflower, and roasted peppers
  • Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with raspberry preserves and almond streusel

Solid meal all around (other than the couscous being dry); the presentation may not look like much, but the main was certainly better than the raviolone I had in the previous post.

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Old Apr 24, 22, 5:17 pm
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Flew MSP-SEA in F yesterday. Dinner flight, FEBO observed. No PDBs(I asked the FA about that and she said that they were told just the other day to stop serving them, after having been doing so for the past couple of weeks. Grrr.). The three entree options were: 1) Short ribs, 2) Curried chicken salad, and 3) a hummus plate. I chose the ribs and, quite frankly, it was the best meal that I had in domestic F in a long time! The meat was tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes, after adding a little salt, were great, and the veggies were just a little too el dente for me, but I'm not really a veggie person. The salad, with walnuts, was good, as was the cheesecake dessert. All in all, a DL home run on this one! Here's hoping that my SEA-DTW lunch in F in a few days will be as good.
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Old Apr 24, 22, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by arkangel
Flew MSP-SEA in F yesterday. Dinner flight, FEBO observed. No PDBs(I asked the FA about that and she said that they were told just the other day to stop serving them, after having been doing so for the past couple of weeks. Grrr.). The three entree options were: 1) Short ribs, 2) Curried chicken salad, and 3) a hummus plate. I chose the ribs and, quite frankly, it was the best meal that I had in domestic F in a long time! The meat was tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes, after adding a little salt, were great, and the veggies were just a little too el dente for me, but I'm not really a veggie person. The salad, with walnuts, was good, as was the cheesecake dessert. All in all, a DL home run on this one! Here's hoping that my SEA-DTW lunch in F in a few days will be as good.
"Told to stop serving them" .... seriously? Why?
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Old Apr 24, 22, 7:26 pm
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What should I pick out of Boston? The old choices were a lot more exciting with Ricotta French Toast and Brioche ham egg and cheese sandwich leaning towards Tortilla or Chia Seed
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Old Apr 24, 22, 7:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Tedgrrrr
What should I pick out of Boston? The old choices were a lot more exciting with Ricotta French Toast and Brioche ham egg and cheese sandwich leaning towards Tortilla or Chia Seed
If it were me Id go for the tortilla or the pancakes.
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Old Apr 24, 22, 7:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Zorak
22 Apr DL49 AMS-JFK

Everything came out on one tray:
  • Cream of Celeriac Soup with olive truffle tapenade
  • Torched Goat Cheese and Beetroot Tartare with bell pepper hummus and smoked almonds
  • Sabatelli's Burrata, Wild Chicory, and Lemon Zest Stuffed Raviolone / roasted tomato sauce, and vegetable tartar
The soup was excellent, possibly because it tasted like it had a gallon of butter in it (not complaining ). Salad was decent as well, although the dressing was odd -- maybe kept too cold and the balsamic had congealed? The raviolone was quite a let down though -- bland and unremarkable.



dang that is too bad - this dish was delicious out of LHR and believe me Ive had my share of disappointing pasta over the years but this one was almost perfect - I wonder if it is catered ex-USA or how we would both have same dish 🤷‍♂️
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Old Apr 24, 22, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by coke cans and winglets
If it were me Id go for the tortilla or the pancakes.
Im trying to be healthy but the pancakes are probably a safe choice! Will probably get tortilla unless someone comes and blasts them ex Boston haha
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Old Apr 25, 22, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Tedgrrrr
dang that is too bad - this dish was delicious out of LHR and believe me Ive had my share of disappointing pasta over the years but this one was almost perfect - I wonder if it is catered ex-USA or how we would both have same dish 🤷‍♂️
I felt it was pretty basic and boring catered out of CDG, too, for the record. The sauce was pretty "chef Boyardee"...
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Old Apr 25, 22, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo
Wow. I just perused this thread, and I'm blown away how far ahead DL's catering is vs. AA (let alone UA and its embarrassing state.)
Look at recent reports. My F trips this month have had good meal service. Ive had no complaints.
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