I am in the middle of a vacation/mileage run and spending a day or so flying around and had a chance to let Delta feed me all day long in 1st class and thought I would share some thoughts.
First, I wanted to address FEBO that is how “most times” I have been told Delta does food request that is Front Even Back Odd-numbered flights. I say most times because with these four meals and flights I received on my last four flights:
- Odd flight – jumped around
- Even flight – front
- Even flight – front
- Even flight – back
I will say the first one was the most confusing one. I have seen FA’s “jump around” the cabin before and always thought it was something like their status and if it was a paid 1st class ticket or something like that and the latest GST update I would think would make this even simpler (if that was the case). But as it happens on this one I was a Diamond, in paid 1st, and I was last to get my choice. Now to be fair, if FEBO had been followed I would have been last anyway and I was fine with that as I wanted the seat choice over the meal choice for such a long flight (and then ended up with a broken IFE on a 7 hr flight – ugg)!
Now some thoughts on the meals. The first one, on the way out, was lemon chicken with zucchini. It was OK. Nothing amazing but just OK. The salad was, as it usually is, crisp and nice. The salted caramel ice cream for dessert was good but maybe not as “amazing” as the recent PR blitz by Delta about how great it is. Overall, just an OK meal that I would eat but not request.
The next day started with the Delta omelet breakfast. I have had this a number of times. It is not bad. It was warm all the way through, the sausage was cooked thorough, the bagel was not stale and the fruit, as usual, was fresh and crisp. Delta does a good job on this one and it is more than filling. Flavors are good and again I just love fresh fruit for breakfast. I would and do choose this one when I can get it over the cold cereal choice (often the other option).
Now we have the Delta Calzone. Let me tell you how much I love this exact meal shown above and I could have it just about every flight for a week and not get sick of it! Yeah, I think it is THAT good. The Calzone is, most times, stuffed with pepperoni – love that. The sauce is good I just wish there was a tiny bit more. The peppers on the side are a nice touch and add some nice heat. The salad is perfect with tons of flavor and many good bits of cucumber, tomato and more. Even the dressing has spunk and is good.
Then we have the side plate of cheese and fruit. Again, the cheese is most times good (can be dry now and then) and the grapes were nice. Then last the chocolate dessert. I mean, do I really need to say anything after you look at the above photo? Numm!
Lastly we have the pasta dish on a flight that should have, under FEBO, not been my choice but it was all that was remaining when they got to my row. My seat mate had a fly in hers and did not eat it. I ate a bit (no fly in mine I could see). It was OK at best. Tons of pasta. Bland sauce. Salad had lots of nuts (I am not a big fan of nuts in food but that is just me). Dessert ice cream was OK as who does not like chocolate.
I will also say gosh what a difference a crew can make. I had flights where my OJ or wine glass just never got less that half empty before they were there asking or just topping it off. Service was quick as well as removal of the tray when done on some of the flights and less so on others. Delta has done well with their catering (for the most part) and I hope they keep this same level of quality in the food moving forward and don’t start making cuts here.
My only gripes I would say is that I think on just about every flight, depending on where you are sitting, Delta will run out of meal choices. Most frustrating. I would like to see the more popular meal choices loaded a bit more even if a few must be tossed out due to over loading. It is frustrating to be either in paid 1st class or even using a regional upgrade certificate and not getting a meal choice. The same goes for FEBO. If you want to ensure you get 1st choice sit toward the middle of the cabin and, unless the FAs do the jump around thing, you are very likely to get a meal choice you will like.
The bottom line for Delta meal service, when you are on a jet with ovens, during the right meal times and long enough flights, you will likely get a good meal. But as always, the service along with that meal can make it even better or worse! – Rene
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