On a recent flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, I decided to augment my meal with a couple side items, which made for a tricked-out first class dinner and a prototype, if I may be so bold, of how United Airlines could offer a leading domestic product.
My Tricked-Out Meal In United Airlines First Class
Tricked-out (adjective): decorated or equipped in an unusual or extravagant way
For many months now, the choice on most domestic flights in first class with meal service has been a chicken breast with chimichurri sauce, beans, and rice or an Italian ragu with polenta. While I happen to find the chicken very tasty and don’t mind having it over and over (and over and over) again, I know others are absolutely sick of both choices.
The good news is that United is expanding its meal service pre-order program and passengers who confirm first class in advance should soon, if not already, have the option of choosing from a wider variety of choices on many routes.
But no matter the choice, I miss the salads and appetizers that used to be part of the domestic meal menu. I also find that I’m still hungry after the meals.
So on a recent flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, for experimental purposes, I took a hummus appetizer and side salad from the United Club in order see if a multi-course meal was too much, still too little, or just right.
I ordered the chicken, which was served with a bread roll (I’m trying to skip carbs), a pie-like cookie (I’m trying to skip carbs…), and fruit (okay, I’ll eat these carbs).
I added my salad and hummus and noted that everything fit nicely – there is room on the tray for extra courses.
My seatmate, a towering man who happened to be a prominent architect in Orange County, got a big chuckle from my augmented meal and flagged down the flight attendant, joking with her over why I got the better meal. We all shared a laugh, though I suspect the flight attendant thought I was a bit nutty (guilty as charged, perhaps…).
The meal was fresh and delicious. I appreciated the salad and hummus and sliced vegetables.
My tricked out meal may have been more a joke, but it made for a much nicer dinner. It would be great to see to United offer salads and appetizers with dinner once again.