Plato Royale: Cheese Plates of US Airways vs. Continental/United
US Airways fruit and cheese platter
Airline food long ago moved from complimentary hot meals to packets of peanuts. And then came... nothing... unless you were willing to shell out $3 for a packet of
M&Ms. May we suggest the cheese plate?! Or maybe not. A review:
The fruit and cheese platter ($7) comes
with Swiss, cheddar, and pepper jack cheeses paired with seasonal
fresh red grapes, strawberries, and honeydew melon, and assorted
Pros: The fruits and cheese weren't
farm fresh, but they were a proud quality for airline food. For not
eating breakfast, the portion held me till lunch, two hours later,
Cons: The packets of Pepperidge Farm
crackers were hardly anything special.
The cheese and fruit plate ($6.25) is a
delicious selection of muenster, cheddar, gouda, and brie cheeses,
crackers, red grapes, and pecan halves.
Pros: The presentation looks like
something for a gift basket, coming with large cubes of cheese under
a dome of plastic. Four types of cheese is rather generous for an
airline these days.
Cons: I didn't get to eat a cheese and
fruit plate because they ran out by the time they got to 28E.
US Airways wins by default. Sorry
Continental/United, but if you're going to win the plato royale, you
must have more options for the back third of the plane beside a
parfait, muffin, and Jimmy Dean sandwich.
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