Each week, 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.
My last United flight for what may be many months fittingly featured one of my favorite dishes. Oh how I look forward to having this dish again…
Heidi and I have decided to wait out the epidemic in California rather than Germany. Thus, my final flight was from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles, a late-night flight after an easy connection from London.
United serves a “snack” on its late evening transcontinental departures (after 8:00PM). Tonight’s choices were a Thai noodle salad or a cheeseburger on pretzel bun. Even as I try to limit my beef consumption in 2020, this was an easy choice…the pretzel burger on United has been one of my favorite airline meals for years. It thus seemed fitting to enjoy one of my favorite meals on my last flight.
The toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, Gouda cheese, pickles, mustard, ketchup) are served on the side, with the hamburger patty warmed and pretzel bun toasted. I had slept through the pre-arrival meal on my London to Washington flight and skipped the lounge in Dulles, so this was a perfect late-night snack. It was served with grapes and Ghirardelli chocolate on the side.
Prior to landing, a cranberry muffin was served…in fact everyone was offered two each since the cabin was only half full.
I was happy to enjoy the burger one more time…I have a feeling that even if I were to travel in first class during this time United will soon switch to pre-packaged food only, like Air Canada has done.