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Sep 21, 2001 05:18 PM

no more airline food means show your colors

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The death of airline food is a potential chowhound triumph.

The below link from the LA board got me to thinking about airline food ranging from osetra caviar and champagne (a great way to start a long flight, but a stale memory after 16 hours of flying) to everything else I've been served over 3 decades of flying which has been uniformly awful.

So whenever possible, we bring takeout food with us on planes--mostly on intermediate or return flight legs.

Now with no more airline food, I guess we'll have to show our chowhound colors on outbound flights too.

For our top finds, here are the criteria used for ranking:
--no more than 20 minutes from inside the terminal
--ability to perfume the entire flight cabin from one meal
--ability to overwhelm the odor of in-flight food service
--price (after all, its just takeout, so no more than $10, $15 at the max)
--number of passengers and flight attendants (separate score for each flight cabin) who ask to share
--number of flight deck personnel who ask to share (maximum is 3, as that's all that fit in the cockpit).

A short rundown of the highlights:

#1 all time winner:
Chicken parmesan hero from Corona Heights Pork Store in Corona (one sandwich is enough for 4 folks to share or one large overstressed business person to snarf over the first 30-40 minutes of flight time). And #1 in value too, at $6.50 as of July 2001. Call 40 minutes in advance, as that's how long it takes for them make the sandwich. A word to the might want to put it into your cell phone rolodex: 718-592-7350

Anything (but especially Pasta Christina--angel hair, marinara, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil baked in a round aluminum travel tin) from Palermo's at 95th st, 1 block west of Cicero Ave, closed Tuesday, takeout open from 11:00 AM.

Taco de Ceviche
sorry, I forgot the restaurant name, but its here on Chowhound somewhere. a couple of bucks for a pint of great ceviche, a plastic spoon and some fresh tacos. Kind of sloppy to eat on the go.

Young's Jersey Dairy (I-70, exit 52 south)
This is about 25 minutes from the Dayton airport, so I don't know if it really qualifies, especially since the milkshake will be gone long before you get into the terminal. But you can get a fruit pie (apple, peach, blueberry and combinations) for $5-6 that will feed 12 people and will knock your socks off

By takout containers yee shall know us.

More suggestions for other cities?


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  1. Sorry, no plastic spoons. Or chopsticks. They are being confiscated, as are open bottles of liquid, including water. So prepare to make 12-hour hauls with only stale sandwiches and finger food. I hardly call that a chowhound victory.

    I'm more worried about the drink issue; searching from gate to gate for a drinking fountain, bcoz I threw out my water bottle at the last transfer. Onboard should be a relief by contrast.

    By the way, I have a news photo of the contraband items (i.e. plastic spoon), but I can't figure out how to put it up here.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Ma Kulit

      Would love to hear more of places to get food near airports - we have always carried on our own food, but usually just from home.

      It's all going to depend on where you fly and what that day's security is. We flew out of Portland, ME last Sunday and the woman in line at security behind us told us she was told she couldn't bring on food so she had to eat her lobster roll in Portland, sted of Pittsburgh as planned.

      We had a mini-cooler full of snacks (leftover pork tenderloin and some Vermont cheddar) and a water bottle and had no problem bringing it on either of our flights.

      In addition, we not only got metal forks with our
      so-called dinner, but my husband got a metal knife in his silverware kit.

      Family just flew from Tucson to Fla on Thursday and wasn't even asked about nail clippers or razors in his carryon, we were asked to dispose of those items prior to security check.

      At least no airline food means you don't have to smell it!

      1. re: Celery

        Hmmm. I would think that PORTLAND of all places, would be strict!

        Hey, do they allow pens and pencils anymore? Surely one could do more harm with a sharpened pencil, than with a plastic spoon! And what is the restriction about plastic bottles all about? I cannot last 10 minutes without water, and usually carry two or three around in my napsack.

        Back to the subject, I too have noticed peanuts on Southwest flights these past few years. Or was it ATA? Whatever happened to the "ban" that Congress imposed? I was quite surprised (and grateful!) to see them - man, don't I hate pretzels!

        1. re: Ma Kulit

          "Back to the subject, I too have noticed peanuts on Southwest flights these past few years. Or was it ATA? Whatever happened to the "ban" that Congress imposed?"

          I've been on a couple of Southwest flights where they announced no peanuts because one of the passengers was allergic so I guess it's a flight by flight decision.

          1. re: JenniferFWilson

            Re: peanut allergies...I didn't realize how serious this condition was. I knew that it could be fatal but I wasn't aware that some folks are so allergic that they can get ill by just breathing the air from an open bag of peanuts! yikes...

          2. re: Ma Kulit

            "Hey, do they allow pens and pencils anymore? Surely one could do more harm with a sharpened pencil, than with a plastic spoon!"

            Flash on terrorist in cockpit: "Hands up, I have a pencil!" (or a plastic spoon!)

          3. re: Celery

            That's really bizarre, being told that you're not allowed to bring food onto airplanes. Especially since they aren't providing food. I suspect that what happened is that the same underpaid, untrained, and unscreened security employees who are still employed at the Jetport now feel free to make up their own rules as they go. This doesn't instill confidence in the system.

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          Emily Cotlier

          Jeez, in the past, I've made all my seatmates glare in envy simply by taking out a deli roast beef sandwich. With a pickle.

          I've learned to stow food for US domestic flights. Just think of a picnic in a very small space....