Taste Test: United’s First Class French Fries

by Anthony Losanno
United French Fries

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United Airlines started serving French Fries alongside its burger in domestic First Class as of May 10th. I was anxious to try them and the opportunity presented itself tonight. The verdict: not bad.

United Airlines has been working on improving its in-flight catering. Polaris on international flights was so bad I compared it to prison food a few months back (read more here). Reports on FlyerTalk and various blogs say that it is improving. I’ll find out next month when I fly home from London. While United’s catering still has a long way to go before it becomes something you’d crave, it gets credit for getting the preorder system down. I selected our meals five days before our flight and they were loaded correctly at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

United Dinner

The Four Cheese Skillet Burger and French Fries came on a tray with a roll and a Pie in the Sky for dessert (get these while you can because they’re being replaced next month). The burger was overcooked and melted to the plate. The fries were surprisingly crispy. Maybe not as crispy as I’d expect on the ground, but I was imagining them being soggy and they were not. They could have used a bit more salt, but otherwise were a nice side. The tray also includes lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and mustard.

It’s funny. My take on this meal was just the opposite of Matthew at Live and Let’s Fly. He thought the burger was delicious and I rate it just okay (and a bit overcooked). His fries were soggy and too salty. Mine were pretty crisp and needed salt.

Anthony’s Take: I’m glad I pre-ordered my meal because I would not want the Thai Beef Meatballs or Cheese Enchiladas that were offered to passengers who did not make their selections in advance. I’d order this meal again and hope for fries that were cooked like these.

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