My Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Although unsightly, I found United Airlines’ take on a green chili frittata to be satisfying on a recent flight.
Green Chili Frittata – Domestic First Class Breakfast On United Airlines
Ahead of a recent early morning flight on United Airlines, I received an email inviting me to pre-order my breakfast. I was pleased to see five choices and hope that this pre-order system will soon be available on all United flights…not just domestic narrow-body flights.
Although I thought the breakfast frittata was both hearty and delicious (minus the “cheddar cheese sauce”), I ordered the green chili frittata on my recent United flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Denver (DEN) which was described as:
Green chili frittata
Green chile (sic) frittata with cumin roasted cherry tomatoes and finished with salsa verde and queso fresco.
Green chilis. Check. Cherry tomatoes. Check. Salsa verde. Check. Queso Fresco. Check.
I love all these ingredients. It’s a great mix. But how would it taste?
The flight attendant serving breakfast was surly onboard. No greeting. No smile. No, “Good morning Mr. Klint. Thank you for being a 1K flyer. We’re pleased to welcome you onboard and have catered your pre-reserved breakfast this morning.” Instead just a sullen face and five words:
“We have your pre-order.”
He soon delivered a frittata…but it was the wrong one – the “regular” one and not hte green chili one. I told him this is not what I ordered and he said, “That’s the frittata.” I responded that I ordered the green chili version. In a huff he took the tray black. Moments later without a word he brought the correct dish:
Let’s just say it was not very beautiful and quite a small portion. At the same time, I like those “Southwest” tastes and thought the breakfast was reasonable (reasonable enough that I would order it again).
While the “breakfast frittata” provides a much larger helping of food, I liked the ingredients and taste of the green chili frittata better. In terms of United’s current catering line-up, you should consider yourself fortunate if you are offered either one (versus some of the other stuff currently being served onboard).