U.S. airlines don’t do a very good job at breakfast, certainly compared to international carriers and compared even to the meals they serve for lunch and dinner. And American Airlines regional jets don’t have ovens, so they don’t offer hot food. Sometimes that leads to better meals, and occasionally to very poor catering decisions.
One passenger shared the meal they were served in first class on an American Eagle breakfast flight from New York LaGuardia to Atlanta. It looks like a broken up granola pieces sandwich and that’s what the passenger thought that it was, describing it as “the driest sandwich known to mankind” although they “thought it was chorizo too at first.”
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I asked American what this meal is supposed to be, and a spokesperson told me “[t]hat is the waffle brioche sandwich and the cinnamon rugelach.”
This sandwich is, apparently, not a catering mistake. From the on board menu guide, while noting that SkyWest Bombardier CRJ-700 flights lose the fruit and rugelach:
However I’m told that while this meal has been offered for over a year, American doesn’t consider the meal as-pictured to be “up to [their] specification” and they’re re-evaluating the offering.
American has been known to serve 16 month old food. Wait… what?
However I’ve searched and a waffle brioche sandwich isn’t actually a thing that exists in the world.
Last year the food and beverage team at American adopted ‘simplicity’ as a mantra, which often meant trying to do less with inflight meals. My suggestion for the team is that it’s simpler when you don’t try to make up dishes that aren’t actually a thing.