Some dining facility meals are better than others. Stars and Stripes Reporter Chad Garland set out into the murky waters of Twitter to find out which ones are most beloved. Here’s a sampling of responses.
A very specific set of pancakes
Military mountaineering training and blueberry pancakes are apparently a match made in heaven.
Camp Merrill, Dahlonega, GA. Blueberry Pancakes.
Recognizing my bias here…In the Mountain Phase of Ranger School they could have fed me dried ketchup and I would have thought it a feast.
— Lino Miani…Unofficial🇺🇸 (@MeanLin1) February 11, 2019
But good luck getting a photo of them.
Impossible. It’s classified. pic.twitter.com/mf0LcDGLPQ
— Alan Van Saun (@AEVanSaun) February 12, 2019
Griddle me this.
Omelette line at any Air Force DFAC.
— Thomas Jenkins (@Clim8Resilient) February 11, 2019
Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (AF dfac) had the best breakfast bar for veggie omelets, even had spinach & Florentine cheese. So good! Also shout out to Slip Inn for fried chicken & fries. 🍴
— Denise McDonough (@NiseeMcD) February 11, 2019
Can’t go wrong with a taco.
Taco bar. No joke.
— BETTERACTIONS28 | Fade Grips/Flux EnergyPROMOCODE (@betteractions) February 11, 2019
Even if it’s Choco.
Manas AFB (rip) had choco tacos. Don’t really see anything that tops that except other choco taco prone facilities
— Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) February 11, 2019
Chicken cordon bleu
No hamsters are harmed in the making of this dish, promise, the pieces just kind of look like hamsters.
Chicken cordon bleu I.e. Hamster night on any aircraft carrier
— Colin Price (@FarvaPrice) February 12, 2019
The yakisoba at Camp Hansen. Not as good as the stuff in town, but a pretty decent facsimile. Also, while not technically a chow hall, the Camp Hansen NCO club served a pretty mean fried chicken.
— PF Jacin (@PFJacin) February 11, 2019
Surf and turf
Surf and Turf Night or basically anytime Lobster was a option in the meal line , usually get to eat Lobster at least once a week here in Somalia at the DFAC . pic.twitter.com/9nftECMSMA
— π (@JVC341) February 11, 2019
That midnight chow
It’s late, but sometimes there’s something really good to eat.
I was partial to midnight shift biscuits and gravy at Goodfellow Air Force Base.
— DoesNotSufferFools (@truthisbest5) February 11, 2019
Egg burgers (Bacon cheese burger, with a fried egg slapped on top) at midnight, at Kunsan’s DFAC. Perfect whether you’re just getting off shift, heading into work, or coming back from a night on the town.
— DKChubs (@DK_Chubs) February 11, 2019
I loved the Italian Lemon cake at Fob Marez in 2008.
Sometimes, during midnight chow on Friday, the Filipino DFAC workers served Filipino food like Siopao. I was so homesick taking a bite would make me tear up. They also had karaoke during Friday night midnight chow 😂
— BeltwayMom (@beltway_mom) February 11, 2019
Pie and cookies
Almost half a cherry pie at OCS. It was partially frozen, so the lady couldn’t cut it. She finally looked around conspiratorially, put the whole thing on my tray, and said “hurry and eat it before they see you.”
— Dark Laughter (@DarkLaughterTDB) February 11, 2019
I don’t know about meal, but item: white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Balad Air Base, DFAC-2, circa 2005/7/9. I called them “war cookies.” I miss the war so much. I mean cookies. I miss the cookies.
— Eric Chandler (@ShmoF16) February 11, 2019
It’s been 25 years, but I still remember the fantastic chocolate cookies our mess hall made at Ft. Bragg. We’d try them at other mess halls, and they would suck, but our cooks did something different (it was probably something gross, but everyone who ate them loved them).
— Andrew “Not a clone” Downie (@adownie) February 11, 2019