Plato Royale: Cheese Plates of US Airways vs. Continental/United
|US Airways fruit and cheese platter|
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 crackers.
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, just fine.
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.