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PatriotnMore
09-15-2008, 10:12 AM
Where was the best chow hall, on a military installation, that you ate at?

Mine was during my mess tour, on the ship the Dixon, I was assigned to the officers dining room. Man I ate like a king, and when we had over night watch duty, a room to myself, and free run of the kitchen.

But, the best duty I heard, was working the Chiefs chow hall.

You have to admit, Navy chow rocks, three squares plus mid-rats.

FEDUPWBS
09-15-2008, 10:20 AM
Not Mil. but Facility C Dining 1. Those of you who know, know!

USN CHIEF
09-15-2008, 10:40 AM
I loved eating on the Chief's mess on the JCS, but to be honest. The best chow that I have had to this date on a military installation has been on Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

NIB
09-15-2008, 12:17 PM
Best chow I've had was at the MI dining facility on Ft. Bragg. When the word really got out the line would stretch around the block and at one point they had to restrict it to soldiers in the surrounding barracks only.

Generally the best chow on any Army post will be the hospital chow hall.

MrSlippyFist
09-15-2008, 12:20 PM
The 163rd INF was running FOB McHenry in Al Haweja from 04-05. They had some local hook-up for beef steaks. Every friday night they'd BBQ outside the TOC. It was better than their DFAC and the ones at FOB Warrior and FOB Speicher.

45DAVID1
09-15-2008, 1:18 PM
The best was at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar at the (CAOC) Combined Air Operations Center. We had some (TCN's) third country nationals from the Philipines would would get down. Most USAF installation dining halls are contracted out now.

MrSlippyFist
09-15-2008, 1:33 PM
The best was at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar at the (CAOC) Combined Air Operations Center. We had some (TCN's) third country nationals from the Philipines would would get down. Most USAF installation dining halls are contracted out now.

Same way at every major FOB in Iraq and Kuwait. Most are Phillipino. The smaller FOBs have joe's working the chow lines.

dilligaffrn
09-15-2008, 1:49 PM
I loved eating on the Chief's mess on the JCS, but to be honest. The best chow that I have had to this date on a military installation has been on Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

+1
(Anderson AFB on Guam too)

AF biznichez get all the best stuff!

psum240b
09-15-2008, 1:58 PM
Petaluma, yorktown, and lejuine all have real good galleys. Petaluma rocks though cuz thats where the Food Service Specialists schools at so everytime you go there its awesome.

smokingloon
09-15-2008, 3:43 PM
Lackland AFB.

tankerman
09-15-2008, 4:11 PM
Where's that, San Quentin?
Not Mil. but Facility C Dining 1. Those of you who know, know!

Gator Monroe
09-15-2008, 4:13 PM
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands,Kauai Hawaii

BB63Squid
09-15-2008, 6:04 PM
Where was the best chow hall, on a military installation, that you ate at?

Mine was during my mess tour, on the ship the Dixon, I was assigned to the officers dining room. Man I ate like a king, and when we had over night watch duty, a room to myself, and free run of the kitchen.

But, the best duty I heard, was working the Chiefs chow hall.

You have to admit, Navy chow rocks, three squares plus mid-rats.

The best one I ever ate at was always off base.

With regards to meals....

Midrats
Lumpia & Pork Adobo day
Sliders
Ham and Cheese omelettes with Tabasco

BB63Squid
09-15-2008, 6:05 PM
I fat fingered the keyboard....please delete.

WhoDat
09-15-2008, 6:19 PM
Chanute AFB (tech school), in the mid-late 80s. My Chow Hall won "Best in the USAF". We had tablecloths and shrimp or steaks for dinner, killer breakfasts (i..e seafood omelettes), etc.

After I left Chanute and went to my first real duty station, I asked for my breakfast steak medium rare and they looked at me like I was nuts, as they plopped Sh*t on a shingle on my tray and told me to step aside.

I think that my chow hall at Chanute was an experiment to see how privatized Chow Halls would run, so the contractor pulled out all the stops and probably lost a lot of money. Most of the other chow halls were all staffed my military personnel.

Matt C
09-15-2008, 6:23 PM
Best food was always at the hospitals, best I ate was at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Vectrexer
09-15-2008, 6:25 PM
Mare Island was pretty good when it was around.

stphnman20
09-15-2008, 6:26 PM
Warriors Breakfast right after the Crucible! Oh man that was some good ish!

jc_stecker
09-15-2008, 6:43 PM
NAS Pensacola

Best gravy and biscuits in the fleet!

apbrian112
09-15-2008, 6:58 PM
best 1 meal: FOB paliwoda balad, iraq Thanksgiving 2003

best on average: peterson AFB... that's right, we used to drive from carson to peterson just to get some grub! they even had people who take your trays for you once you finished eating...

Cardinal Sin
09-15-2008, 7:07 PM
Castle Air Force Base in Merced, CA, before they closed it down. Damn near crapped myself when the guy asked, "How would you like your eggs sir?"

Darklyte27
09-15-2008, 8:08 PM
Warriors Breakfast right after the Crucible! Oh man that was some good ish!

I dont think it was the best, but it was sure damn good, I didnt know so much food could fit in our stomachs!!!

MCRD chow hall was pretty good, not recruit chow hall.

bobfried
09-15-2008, 8:21 PM
The best will always be the AF catered chow halls.

Best one I ever ate at was around the side entrance of Ramstein AFB where most of the Chief's go. Me and my friends were usually the only non-AF guys there as it was buried so deep in the base no one outside of the AF-peeps stationed there knew it existed.

Gator Monroe
09-15-2008, 8:28 PM
LAAFS (Space Division) EL Segundo Ca.

mattman
09-15-2008, 8:28 PM
I noticed most of the chow halls in Iraq served better food than they ever had state side. However the biscuits and gravy was the best at Fort Knox.

DVLDOC
09-15-2008, 8:36 PM
Shepard AFB, Texas.

Whitesmoke
09-15-2008, 9:06 PM
I dont think it was the best, but it was sure damn good, I didnt know so much food could fit in our stomachs!!!

MCRD chow hall was pretty good, not recruit chow hall.


That was my pick too....MCRD officers mess is the best I've seen. I only spent a week there...but I still remember it.


My worst mess....National Guard, Camp Roberts....field chow came out in the mermite. We each received half a piece of bacon, one hard boiled egg, and half a piece of toast. This went on for months....same crappy 1/4 meals. Good thing we were mech infantry...because after that we stocked the track with canned spegetti-o's, etc. We got a new Battalion commander and he asked everyone what he could change to make things better...everyone said "feed us". Within weeks mess sgts running mess hall got busted stealing all the food and selling it off instead of feeding the troops. Problem fixed...

EOD3
09-15-2008, 9:36 PM
Special troops messhall at Redstone Arsenal. Meals to order.

11Z50
09-15-2008, 9:55 PM
I always found good chow at Air Force bases. McChord in WA had some good grub. Being an Army grunt, we weren't often allowed in, but when we were waiting on a flight out they would let us eat there.

The Recondo mess hall for 1st Brigade 9th ID was pretty good. Colonel (later General) H. Norman Swarzkoph squared away the cooks and made sure us lowly grunts had good chow, even on the weekends. He made the cooks stay open 24 hours on the weekends because the guys stuck in the barracks were missing out on chow. Swarzkoph was a great commander.

My first unit (2-60 Infantry) had the best SOS. I still cook a batch up for my kids and I from time to time. That's a breakfast that will stick with you!

hitman13
09-16-2008, 1:37 AM
Most chowhalls on larger bases in Iraq are the ****. such variety.

Best stateside chow:

Camp Allen, Norforlk VA. Small chowhall for the Marines of 1st FAST. Ran by a bunch of older black ladies from the south.

FRIDAY = SOUL FOOD FRIDAY and them old gals could dish it up good!

DrunkSkunk
09-16-2008, 3:04 AM
Most chowhalls on larger bases in Iraq are the ****. such variety.



Actually most of the middle east chow halls are the ****. Camp Doha has Steak and crab legs every thursday I think it is? And quatar has a bomb *** layout as well.

PatriotnMore
09-16-2008, 6:21 AM
My first unit (2-60 Infantry) had the best SOS. I still cook a batch up for my kids and I from time to time. That's a breakfast that will stick with you!

I love SOS!
I don't make it from scratch, but I do buy it in the frozen section. Have a good recipe to share?

stphnman20
09-16-2008, 6:29 AM
[quote=DrunkSkunk;1529339]Actually most of the middle east chow halls are the ****. [quote]

That is true sir! I think the best one I've been to in Iraq is the one in Ramadi.. I dont know why.. I liked it.. Sometimes when we do convoys we would just stop there for lunch. lol....

lcpl. huynh
09-16-2008, 11:21 AM
The chow hall at Al Taqaddum is the best I've been to. I thought the one in Habbaniyah, where I'm stations is good, but daaaaang, TQ has its own self serve dessert bar!! I'm so glad i'm not stationed there, I'd be so overweight by now, no matter how much discipline I put in my body.

Moonclip
09-17-2008, 1:45 AM
Probably Fort Benjamin Harrison mess hall. Most of the other food I ate was in Greal Lakes RTC boot camp or on Navy ships and it tended to suck.

My shore command did not have a mess, a small base forward deployed overseas, just ate on the economy or from small NEX mostly.

scr83jp
09-17-2008, 6:49 AM
The best food on USAF SAC bases was in the messhalls assigned to midnight chow for flight crews & flightline staff working nights.We introduced a lot of friends to midnight chow at MacDill AFB,Brize Norton in the UK & bases in French Morocco .Whenever we were asked where we worked & who the new guys were we'd tell the cooks they were part of the tdy bomb wing that just arrived.

zenmastar
09-18-2008, 5:46 AM
Officers dining hall, USS Samuel Gompers AD-37 stands out the best. Other mentions are Naval Annex in Yokohama, and the general mess hall at NTC San Diego. It all depends upon the cooks, who is managing the hall, and the supply officer for the base/ship though. So as personnel rotate duty stations, it can change.

gunsmithcats
09-18-2008, 8:05 AM
TQ has a ridiculous chow hall, theres a reason why a lot of guys either going out or coming back from Iraq get all fat happy and dandy in taqaddum.

I mean their shakes, selections, oh my and dont forget the blueberry pancakes.

Best chow hall in Al Anbar though has to be Camp Korean Village. Middle of nowhere, not an air base, and they still get ridiculously good fresh vegetables.
And the dude there makes your sandwiches.

minotcole
09-18-2008, 8:55 AM
I loved eating on the Chief's mess on the JCS, but to be honest. The best chow that I have had to this date on a military installation has been on Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

lackland afb definately the best

SDJim
09-18-2008, 9:25 AM
At a shore facility it had to be when we were doing a pre-com up at Bremerton, WA. We were some of the first people using the BKS & chowhall at Bangor. Everything to order . . . eggs, pancakes, waffles. If the line was to long they brought it out to you. To this day that is one really nice base.

On ships, any of the closed Chief's Mess before they screwed up the accounting / food ordering procedures.

Timberwolf
09-18-2008, 9:53 AM
Best chow hall I ever ate at was at Shaw AFB in Sumter SC; the worst . . . Ft Jackson, SC

brando
09-18-2008, 9:56 AM
The chowhall on Marez they opened after the Dec2004 bombing was the best I made it to. I was living in the mountains north of Mosul most of the time eating goat and rice, so any chowhall was a treat ;)

uscbigdawg
09-18-2008, 11:23 AM
Best chow I've had was at the MI dining facility on Ft. Bragg. When the word really got out the line would stretch around the block and at one point they had to restrict it to soldiers in the surrounding barracks only.

Generally the best chow on any Army post will be the hospital chow hall.

The old DISCOM barracks DFAC on Longstreet is pretty good. I say old because it's now belongs to one of the BCT's. WOMAC's dining hall isn't bad.

As stated, in general, the hospital DFAC are the best. That and ones belonging to the Air Force.

187th MED BN dining facility at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio is ridiculously good!

Rich

JMB1911
09-18-2008, 4:23 PM
Best chow hall?? Just about every Air Force Base I was assigned at! Lackland AFB, RAF Upper Hayford, Aviano, Mather AFB, Luke AFB, McConnell AFB. Worst ever?? Army chow halls specially Fort Dix...friggin green eggs and ham!

chris
09-18-2008, 4:43 PM
bob hope mess hall in Camp Victory Iraq. anyone eat there. it's the big mess hall on VBC. near the gym. that was some good chow. the food on FOB Kalsu Iraq was pretty good. Thanksgiving was aswome though.

kris&bela
09-18-2008, 10:40 PM
Outconus! I think they have the best chow halls.

Wolfpack331
09-20-2008, 3:38 PM
Apiay

jtv3062
09-22-2008, 8:35 PM
Best food was always at the hospitals, best I ate was at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego. Was real good.

6114DAVE
09-22-2008, 8:53 PM
NAS PENSACOLA...delicious!!
Now i see why the Navy personnel stay pudgy..j\k

Bill_in_SD
09-23-2008, 9:47 AM
Best shipboard food I ate was on John C. Stennis. Was TAD in 2006? for 2 weeks and it was better than Hometown Buffet. Roast Beef was great.

Best Galley on shore was at Mare Island Naval Shipyard during A and C school. I have noticed that most Sub bases have really good galleys.

Gator - I eat PMRF about 3 or 4 times a month and try not to miss Kalua Pork Tuesdays........

Bill in SD

IllTemperedCur
09-23-2008, 12:49 PM
South Camp, MFO Sinai, Egypt. Although I suspect that the "roast beef" was probably camel.

If you stay out in the boondocks eating MREs for more than 2 weeks, the first chow hall you enter always qualifies as the "best".

Bill_in_SD
09-23-2008, 2:24 PM
That did trip me out when we came across some sort of U.S. Army outpost on the road to Mt. Sinai on the Sinai peninsula.... did not stop to eat though!

IllTemperedCur
09-24-2008, 11:46 AM
That would have been one of the observation posts. Small posts with a couple of towers, about 3-4 buildings and a few bunkers. Wire fencing about 100 meters in diameter. Manned with a rifle squad. The food in those posts generally sucks, as one of the 11Bs gets cross-trained as a cook. You can imagine the culinary chaos that ensues.

An MFO tour used to be considered one of the best in the Army. Probably still is.

Bill_in_SD
09-24-2008, 4:11 PM
It looked like you guys did your best to make it homey - there was a nice rock display that spelled out something in arabic lettering and then U.S. Army.....

Little too far out there for me!

gwl
09-24-2008, 8:01 PM
. . . still thinking about it.

mk19
09-25-2008, 4:06 PM
Can't remember if it was a navy or air force base, but it was in japan, probably yokosuka.

Coastey
09-25-2008, 10:02 PM
Petaluma, yorktown, and lejuine all have real good galleys. Petaluma rocks though cuz thats where the Food Service Specialists schools at so everytime you go there its awesome.

+1 for TRACEN Petaluma. But it makes you wonder what the SS's forgot by the time they got out of school and went to the cutters, cause the food on the cutters sucked compared to what you'd find at Petaluma.

RW Dunn
10-27-2008, 5:18 AM
I noticed most of the chow halls in Iraq served better food than they ever had state side. However the biscuits and gravy was the best at Fort Knox.Oh ya on the Gravy,but the best was Ireland hospital at knox and some of nurse's there weren't bad either.

xsquid
10-27-2008, 10:24 AM
You have to admit, Navy chow rocks, three squares plus mid-rats.

I guess food served on the mess decks have changed dramatically since I was in, for me the best meal while on board was b-fast - too hard to mess up eggs. That would last untill we were too far into deployment,hadn't had an un-rep for a bit and fresh eggs were gone. Sometimes though the cooks would make fresh bread - and that was excellent.

Made it a habit to stock up on Japanese ramen type noodles when we'd get to Yokusaka.

But the best chow hall for me? Pearl Harbor sub base, dem bubbleheads had it good;)

vrylak
10-27-2008, 10:38 AM
Eilsen AFB dining facility, summer of '92,

CVN 70 Carl Vinson, West Pac '94, ribs and crab legs ever so often.

5hundo
10-27-2008, 3:18 PM
Beale AFB...

The one on the flightline wasn't that great but the one up top, on main base, was really good.

MFortie
10-27-2008, 7:07 PM
Camp Lejeune O-club...

Fire in the Hole
10-27-2008, 9:11 PM
McMurdo Naval Station, Antartica (gotta keep the morale up down there)

Supreme Allied Command Center NATO HQ, SHAPE Belgium

Moonclip
10-28-2008, 1:13 AM
We got crab legs 2-3 times in the USn, usually around the time of an important inspection.

Paltik.45acp
10-28-2008, 11:58 AM
Subic Bay, Philippines has the best chow I'd ever eaten compared to the other mess
facilities, Air Force or Army. Filipinos are the best cooks.

ruderob
11-18-2008, 10:19 PM
While it may not have the best quality, it certainly had the best quantity... Camp Lemonier. Open 23/7 Just don't bring it back to the CLUs.:innocent:

USEUCOM was probably the most disappointing... :nuke:

Okami
11-19-2008, 1:04 AM
At the Nordic Support Group Base in Pecs, Hungary when i was over there during Operation Joint Guard. Raindeer Stroganof, Yum!

BillCA
11-19-2008, 6:36 AM
The NCO mess at Edwards AFB in the mid-70's would make you cry. First morning I walked in (a Thursday), got in line, I'm looking at a chalkboard menu and the guy asks me if I'd like blueberries in my waffle or not. Friday nights they had steak & lobster or steak & crab frequently. At lunch you could get oysters on the half-shell or oysters Rockerfeller and their clam chowder was excellent.

Eddy's airplane patch was "experimenting" by letting culinary schools in the L.A. area send out students to cook for us and teach some of the AF cooks too. Morale was pretty good around then. The O-club wasn't that much better than the NCO mess. I think they just got the sharper knives and booze.

I was surprised by Elmendorf AFB having fresh fruit when it was like the backside of Neptune in winter. But you could get fresh OJ on base along with all sorts of fruit you could eat in the lounges. I think that was to make up for the entertaining conditions. I still remember the power (and heat) going out around 2am in the TBEQ in February...

4literranger485
11-19-2008, 1:15 PM
The NCO mess at Edwards AFB in the mid-70's would make you cry. First morning I walked in (a Thursday), got in line, I'm looking at a chalkboard menu and the guy asks me if I'd like blueberries in my waffle or not. Friday nights they had steak & lobster or steak & crab frequently. At lunch you could get oysters on the half-shell or oysters Rockerfeller and their clam chowder was excellent.

Eddy's airplane patch was "experimenting" by letting culinary schools in the L.A. area send out students to cook for us and teach some of the AF cooks too. Morale was pretty good around then. The O-club wasn't that much better than the NCO mess. I think they just got the sharper knives and booze.

I was surprised by Elmendorf AFB having fresh fruit when it was like the backside of Neptune in winter. But you could get fresh OJ on base along with all sorts of fruit you could eat in the lounges. I think that was to make up for the entertaining conditions. I still remember the power (and heat) going out around 2am in the TBEQ in February...

must be nice, i've been at Edwards AFB for 5 years and the chow hall sucked, they actually closed it about a year or two ago and now they all get BAS.


Barksdale AFB - In flight kitchen, on the flightline. best freaking double cheeseburgers i've ever had. and only .25 cent fries! gooooood ****

4literranger485
11-19-2008, 1:43 PM
whoops, sorry i swore. i noticed the site blocked me automatically, i'll watch it from now on!

Jamez
11-19-2008, 5:33 PM
Ironhorse DFAC at Camp Liberty (the one on the other side of signal hill)
and the one at Camp Arifjan by the gym and "mall" that looks like a cafe.

hotwls13
11-19-2008, 6:01 PM
Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia

The Permanent side had a Restaurant (may still be there, I've been out for 9 years) for the Short Tour (1 year) Permanent folks stationed there. I was TDY in Khobar Towers several times. The chow hall(s) SUCKED there, but I always had friends that were there doing there 1yr tour. I would meet up with them a couple times a week and go to the Restaurant. ALL of there meals were paid for (whatever they wanted), yet because I was TDY I had to pay for my meals. It didn't matter, it was good and worth it. Probably not the best food I had ever had, but definitely the best military food. ;)

Those guys ate so well, after the first few months they got tired of Lobster and Steak. :D

Pretty nice setups too. Each guy had there own Apartment, Vehicle and still got there alcohol Rations.

MrLogan
11-19-2008, 9:44 PM
The BAMC DFAC at FT Sam Houston. Daaaamn.

bornproud
11-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Castle AFB (Used to eat there all the time when I was a kid)
3rd BDG Chow hall on Ft. Lewis
North Ft. Lewis Defac before the civilians took over it.

The worst; SLO, Camp Roberts and Dona Ana.

docsmileyface
11-21-2008, 9:00 PM
The potatoe pancakes at FOB Warrior are killer, but all I pretty much eat is the Mongolian BBQ/stir fry, so if a FOB doesn't have a stir fry line I think the D-Fac is crap. Sykes and Q-West have good stir fry, I always miss chow at Speicher so I end up eating taco bell or burger king.

howiesatwork
12-02-2008, 10:10 AM
Diego Garcia was probably the best.
Being way out there in the Indian Ocean, they probably figured they had to have good food to keep the people happy.
Glad I was only TDY there for a week, though.

Futurecollector
12-02-2008, 11:34 AM
Well the 2 best places I have ever eaten at where The senior NCO at MCRD in San Diego CA, and Edwards AFB in CA...man talk about amazing food!!!!!

Fjold
12-02-2008, 2:34 PM
Pentagon, Flag Officer's Dining Room. The had a small room for drivers/guards that we ate in.

Desert_Rat
12-02-2008, 9:21 PM
USS Harpers Ferry

cleanguy46
12-03-2008, 5:34 AM
The potatoe pancakes at FOB Warrior are killer, but all I pretty much eat is the Mongolian BBQ/stir fry, so if a FOB doesn't have a stir fry line I think the D-Fac is crap. Sykes and Q-West have good stir fry, I always miss chow at Speicher so I end up eating taco bell or burger king.

Hey was Dan Quayle eating potatoe pancakes with you? ;)

RANDO
01-01-2009, 12:27 AM
portland, ore coast guard base. crab,steaks, and burgers on fridays.

Raider510
01-01-2009, 12:07 PM
Hey guys, I'm new here, but i'll throw my .02 cents in.

Best chow halls that I can remember was Camp Arifjan in Kuwait after our deployment was over and we were on our way back; and at Ft. Campbell, the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital DFAC.

Like it was mentioned earlier, hospital DFACS seem to have the best all around food :)

jkasandiego
01-01-2009, 4:43 PM
The former Subic Bay Navsta.:thumbsup:

Mason McDuffie
03-23-2009, 9:49 AM
Best chow hall by far is the one at the Naval Air station in Pensacola Florida. It was like a good Denny's. Clean, efficient and friendly. Plus they had late hours for us all nighters. Yup, P-cola rocked!

I don't think I can count Waffle House. Wish I could. Now that was a grease pit.

Rem222
03-23-2009, 4:22 PM
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1969-70. I was Master at Arms at the mess hall and ate with the cooks after the rest of the sailors had finished. I thought I was going to hate that assignment, turned out to be the best I would ever eat during my 4 years.

truthseeker
03-23-2009, 4:23 PM
Best chow hall I ate at was on Coronado while in BUDS. They made whatever you wanted and they did it with a smile!

Mason McDuffie
03-23-2009, 6:10 PM
Best chow hall I ate at was on Coronado while in BUDS. They made whatever you wanted and they did it with a smile!

You were on the other side of Coronado. Trust me the air side of the island had a horrible chow hall. I got food poisoning from the there twice. I think the first time was from bacon. Man I was sick.

OIF_VET
03-23-2009, 7:17 PM
US Embassy chow hall Baghdad, Iraq.........Would you like mortars with your steak sir?

SDJim
03-23-2009, 8:48 PM
You were on the other side of Coronado. Trust me the air side of the island had a horrible chow hall. I got food poisoning from the there twice. I think the first time was from bacon. Man I was sick.
I loved the NASNI Chow Hall. I ate lunch there at least twice a week from '89-93 and again from 2003-2006. I do believe the NAB chow hall was better though 96-00.

Mason McDuffie
03-23-2009, 9:42 PM
I loved the NASNI Chow Hall. I ate lunch there at least twice a week from '89-93 and again from 2003-2006. I do believe the NAB chow hall was better though 96-00.

03-06 I was there. Maybe waiting behind you in line. As much as I didnt like the place you cant beat the prices. Funny to hear of people kickin the same curbs as you.

Mason McDuffie
03-23-2009, 9:44 PM
Hold on, you're a senior chief?!? Then yes, I was definitely behind you. Haha.

pro defensive greg
03-23-2009, 10:09 PM
i think the quality of a dfac/chow hall depends on how long you've been in the field. i can remember wanting to vomit after eating chili mac at NTC (11th ACR), but after being in the field for a month collecting ball sweat, drinking warm water, and eating mre tootsie rolls...that same chili mac was delightful.

socalT
03-23-2009, 10:20 PM
Corry Station, Pensacola Fl. Steamboat Round on Fridays

Irv
03-25-2009, 3:09 PM
Definetly the better food was on the (SSN). Better than my ship. Most of their cooks were very good.

Futurecollector
04-01-2009, 1:28 AM
I loved the NASNI Chow Hall. I ate lunch there at least twice a week from '89-93 and again from 2003-2006. I do believe the NAB chow hall was better though 96-00.

Isnt that the Chow hall right across from the Swastika dorms? If so then That was THE WORST CHOW I have ever had the miss fortune of eating!

easy
04-24-2009, 8:29 PM
1st - NAVSUBSCOL, NLON CT.
2nd CPO mess, AD42

DANGERCLOSE
04-25-2009, 11:42 PM
FLETC:thumbsup:

back in the day would be camp pendleton hospital, soi, then mainside. stay clear of the margarita monster! after seeing her i couldn't eat any more. the only bad part about division schools. ft hunter ligget wasn't too bad. 32nd st was real good, but only ate there for a couple of days.

69daytona
04-26-2009, 5:13 AM
Kadena AFB in Okinawa. every friday was new york seak day, being a lucky Jarhead I had a pass to eat at thier dining facility, nothing like a USMC or Navy chow hall, more like a reasturaunt. plus got to see the SR71 up close many times while there. great site to watch take off at night.

Cardinal Sin
04-26-2009, 8:35 AM
Best chow hall I ate at was on Coronado while in BUDS. They made whatever you wanted and they did it with a smile!

WHAT?! We never had the time to sit down. We just slurped the jello, put the bread in our pockets and passed the rest to the rest of the boat crew. Usually the senior class bumped us and we got screwed. NAB food was ok. Beats great mistakes though!!! I still give former Castle Air Force Base in Merced my vote.

scr83jp
04-28-2009, 8:17 PM
The best dining hall chow was the one designated for returning flight crews in the USAF Strategic Air Command. In Flight Mess could be visited by any general in SAC at anytime so the food was above & beyond normal chow hall fare.I was assigned to the flight line so we made the in flight mess halls wherever we were stationed and introduced lots of our peers to the great meals .I spoke with my cousin recently who was in the usaf training command , he remembered an experience at a SAC base where he was picking up a prisoner and ended up in the in flight mess one evening for midnight chow,he said it was the best he ever had in the USAF .

scr83jp
04-28-2009, 8:18 PM
The best dining hall chow was the one designated for returning flight crews in the USAF Strategic Air Command. In Flight Mess could be visited by any general in SAC at anytime so the food was above & beyond normal chow hall fare.We were assigned to the flight line so we made the in flight mess halls wherever we were stationed 7 nights a week and introduced lots of our peers to the great meals .I spoke with my cousin recently who was in the usaf training command , he remembered an experience at a SAC base where he was picking up a prisoner and ended up in the in flight mess one evening for midnight chow,he said it was the best he ever had in the USAF .

pbwhite
04-28-2009, 8:20 PM
al taqquaddum main chow hall by the px or the uss ft mchenry

atkbond
04-28-2009, 9:26 PM
I think Al Taqquaddum LakeSide was better.

grnt
04-29-2009, 7:23 PM
LSAA Anaconda, Steak and King Crab dinner.

grnt
04-29-2009, 7:24 PM
If you ever make it to CEDAR 2, the bunker buster sandwich is awesome.

goathead
04-29-2009, 8:21 PM
camp cedar Iraq

dingelingyi
05-01-2009, 4:48 PM
naval station yokusuka, japanese chefs!, very tasty, well organized, clean food. USS kitty hawk on deployment, sunday was lobster/king crab legs, with steaks...yum..

USMC_2651_E5
05-05-2009, 8:13 PM
Corry Station, Pensacola Fl. Steamboat Round on Fridays

Corry Station's chow hall was good, but my favorite was at Hickam AFB. I also have to mention Uncle Frosty's at Doha. The free hotdogs were awesome after a month on MREs.

kermit315
05-05-2009, 8:51 PM
When I was at Pensacola in 2001 the galley was pretty good. I will report back about it in a few months when I am back down there.

peanut
05-06-2009, 3:12 PM
DFAC-3, Al Asad Air Base - as big as your average Wal-Mart, with everything you could ever want. T-bones and lobster tails every Wed. night, king crab legs every Thurs. night, more cakes and desserts than the bakery at any grocery store stateside... Now that I think of it, lots of fat soldiers, too...

Aside from that, my understanding is that it theoretically shouldn't get any better than the Chief's Mess on a SSBN.

dougkang
05-17-2009, 9:47 AM
Aviano AFB, we were the only Army company there. Food was great as well as living quarters.

anyracoon
05-17-2009, 11:02 AM
Yokoda Air Base Japan. Back in the early 70's. Mid-Night chow 25 cent. Hambugers, Steaks , fries or omletes cooked to order, all you could eat.

MrSlippyFist
05-17-2009, 12:18 PM
I'd like to change my answer to "the last one"

Crunchy_Taco
05-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Ravioli MRE's

sergeantrex
05-27-2009, 10:55 AM
Not Mil. but Facility C Dining 1. Those of you who know, know!

Give me a state meal and a Mini-14 any day!

BigBamBoo
05-27-2009, 11:23 AM
...............

CA357
05-27-2009, 11:32 AM
Furstenfeldbruck, Germany at the German mess hall. It was wunderbar!

SSDSIGS
05-27-2009, 8:09 PM
naval station yokusuka, japanese chefs!, very tasty, well organized, clean food. USS kitty hawk on deployment, sunday was lobster/king crab legs, with steaks...yum..

Kitty Hawk on deployment? you're kidding right? cold beanies and wienies, rock hard sliders and spoiled rollers for midrats is far from a good meal.

stevepsd
05-27-2009, 8:27 PM
Zweibrucken AFB, Germany (mid 70's), great chow all the times my dad took us kids which was quite often, especially since he was a E-9!

More recently, King Salmon Air Force Station, Alaska. All contracted out, but great chow, especially their surf & turf on Fridays!

jamespres2001
05-27-2009, 9:35 PM
I loved eating on the Chief's mess on the JCS, but to be honest. The best chow that I have had to this date on a military installation has been on Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

Midnight Chow '72 Steak and eggs. Lackland

DVLDOC
05-27-2009, 9:46 PM
Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas

pat038536
05-27-2009, 9:47 PM
There was a base within walking distance of Checkpoint Charlie circa 1978-81. I was there with my scout troop doing a tour of Berlin Wall and the surrounding countryside. We ate in the same mess as the rest of the enlisted guys. Chow line was almost cook to order.

Damn.... now I'm hungry.

ercraw
06-11-2009, 10:17 AM
That's easy...The Jewel of the East on Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

When I was stationed on CFAY, the mess hall earned several awards. I was recently back in Yokosuka and found that they had continued that trend.

Coffee, not standard military / institutional coffee, all jusices are fresh, milk is fresh, food is great (for military mess halls), fruits are fresh and the people are just great! I cannot say enough about the place.

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=35601

letaz77
06-11-2009, 10:26 PM
Camp Fuji, Marine Corps Base. The mess hall is run by Marines, as always, but they have some Japanies assistants and they make some killer bamboo soup.

I hated that base...there were only two WMs in the entire base...luckly we had good food to keep the morale.

gn3hz3ku1*
06-29-2009, 3:31 PM
ft mead.. has this big building.... uhhh.. yea the big one... best freeken onion rings in the world...

Cpl_Peters
07-04-2009, 11:34 PM
Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Air Force has the best chow halls...I didnt even have to pick up after myself.

Second to that would be the Coastie chow hall near the NSA in New Orleans.

Keith92555
07-05-2009, 12:05 AM
Camp Fuji, Marine Corps Base. The mess hall is run by Marines, as always, but they have some Japanies assistants and they make some killer bamboo soup.

I hated that base...there were only two WMs in the entire base...luckly we had good food to keep the morale.

Been there...done that. Base was a rat hole and when I was there...NO WMs. Best chow I was ever served in 5 1/2 years service was aboard ship. Man, Navy chow ROCKS. No wonder that are all fat and unsat. :eek: JK/JK.

Beatone
07-05-2009, 12:48 AM
Luke AFB Arizona. Great food all day and night.

be1498
07-05-2009, 8:51 AM
Palgong San, ROK, 1983-84. I was one of only 40 GIs there. Steak and lobster among the specialities. I got to eat with the CMSAF Sam Parrish when he visited to evaluate the chow, facilities, and morale.

bones138
07-06-2009, 1:04 AM
Warriors Breakfast right after the Crucible! Oh man that was some good ish!

I ate like 3 full trays of food after the crucible and then puked the rest of the day.

Besides that the chow at Al Taqaduum Airbase was always heavenly after sleeping in the dirt and patrolling for 2 week stints. I'd always get 2 fried eggs, bacon, hotwings and potato wedges when we came back. Then I'd get a fat milkshake for dessert. I'd sleep like a baby after that too.

gvazquez
07-06-2009, 4:36 AM
Warriors Breakfast right after the Crucible! Oh man that was some good ish!

LOL... yeah that was a Hell of a CHOW! but I would look forward to going to CAMP TQ near fallujah after or before any mission..... ahhh... the memories...;)

Noboundaries
07-06-2009, 5:53 AM
My favorite flight line geedunks were at Tinker AFB (TinkerBurgers) and NAS Cubi Point (CubiDogs).

Best food EVER was in the officer's mess on the Enterprise in the early 80s. The XO (president of the mess), required all the officers to forfeit all their meal pay (forget the name) to the mess, but the tech reps on board had to pay 3 or 4 times the equivalent of a LCDR's meal pay. The food was amazing.

Worst food ever was on the Kitty Hawk in the same time frame. The XO let the O's vote on how much of their pay they would give to the mess. BIG mistake! It averaged $60 / officer for the month......for 4 meals a day. I only ate to survive on that roach and rat infested bucket.

Vectrexer
07-06-2009, 8:38 AM
Mare Island's chow hall in 1988 was pretty good and very consistent. Maybe that carried over from the sub base days. It's all closed down now.

Surprisingly, the dry side on San Diego's 32nd Street's base in 1983 was good.

For the USS Halsey CG-23 the chow was very decent for a ship chow while Gino was working the crew's mess. That all changed when he left.

The See bee base in Port Hueneme 1987 to 1990 always had a a rockin salad bar! The rest of the food was not good too. Even though I received allowance for staying off base and could choose just about anywhere I wanted to eat, I used to stop by that chow hall all the time as a preference. I think I will go and Yelp that place!

jeffb21
07-21-2009, 1:12 PM
Al Taqqadum,Al Anbar,Iraq

Breakfast was great,and nothing like an ice cold soda after a long days work.

KUJO
07-21-2009, 4:15 PM
The MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center)

It was the best when there were still Marines cooking and serving, then they went to civilians, decent but no longer the best.

Fire in the Hole
07-21-2009, 4:48 PM
The MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center)

It was the best when there were still Marines cooking and serving, then they went to civilians, decent but no longer the best.

I had breakfast there Saturday. Pretty good.

steelrain82
07-26-2009, 8:57 PM
I would have to say the best chow hall I ever ate at was the chow hall in diego Garcia. I never had a better meal. the second would have to be al taqqadum. only time I ate there was when my unit was going home they had steak and lobster and I remember some air force guys complaining about having to eat "this crap" everyweek they were sick of it. and then it's a toss up between Bremertons chow hall and the coast guard chow hall in Yorktown.

Wango Tango
08-02-2009, 6:18 AM
Yuma Az and Korean Village in Iraq was the *****

Stormfeather
08-02-2009, 7:04 AM
ConUS Coronado (Surface Warfare Training Center) AmphibRecon has a helluva damn good chow hall.
OConUS Had to be FOB Q-West south of Mosul.

Sniper3142
08-10-2009, 4:12 PM
The best would be Dover AFB.

Stopped there on the way back from Somolia (day and a half layover due to problems with our C5).

Great chow, nice quarters, and folks on the base treated us great.

Sniper3142
08-10-2009, 4:16 PM
The MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center)

It was the best when there were still Marines cooking and serving, then they went to civilians, decent but no longer the best.

For a Marine Corps chowhall it wasn't bad. The area itself was GREAT (clear sky, no smog, great outdoors enviornment).

Of course... it might have had something to do with us being so damn hungry all the time!

:)

wild800
08-12-2009, 11:32 AM
Sub Base Pearl Harbor's chow hall was the best! You could have a choice between Mahi Mahi and rice or sliders and fries! Waffles in the mornings, with fresh fruit! Everything was good!

kmoney168
08-12-2009, 10:56 PM
any mess hall at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, CO - I was in the ARMY and about ever 3 months we would make trip an hour out of our way to go eat there. we always came back to Ft Carson over an hour late from lunch but never worried about the a** chewing we would get, the food was worth it. We also didn't need to clean up our dishes off the table, just leave 'em there. I was scared someone was playing a joke on me the first few times I did that. :p

bondmid003
08-19-2009, 11:00 PM
USS Rhode Island while on a midshipman cruise, best chow hall food ever and we were underway

cgsomoza
10-28-2011, 3:16 PM
Camp Fallujah chow hall was nice...But I think the food was amazing because we lived off MRE's and tuna for months. No matter what, it sure beat Camp Horno chow 04-06' when the had 'special' people handling our food.

bodger
10-28-2011, 3:36 PM
The chow hall at McClellan AFB in the early '70's. It was run by a master sergeant who took great pride in his facility and what he served. He named it "The Camellia Room", (he hand painted a nice metal sign and installed himself in front) and added a lot of touches that weren't present in most other USAF chow halls.

Biscuits made from scratch, linen tablecloths, and without a doubt the best meatloaf I have ever eaten, with perfect mashed taters and gravy.

The Camellia Room was the enlisted chow hall, but we had a ton of officers who ate there, preferring it to the officer's mess. The base commander, Col. Moneypenny, ate breakfast at the Camellia every morning.

I don't remember that master sgt.'s name, but he ran a fine joint. I never saw one better in my four years in the USAF.

cold100onhw1
10-28-2011, 6:10 PM
COP Munoz, Paktika Afghanistan. 1 UGR for each breakfast and dinner to feed about 60 people, no lunch.

'Ike'
10-28-2011, 6:47 PM
FE Warren was pretty good...

Zarrinvz24
10-28-2011, 7:37 PM
DFAC 3, Al Asad.

Rooftop Voter
10-28-2011, 11:19 PM
FOB Marez was good for when Outback visited... Their servers were A+! :D;):p:devil::shock: If you got a steak after that you'd get sick afterwards! The magnum ice cream was REALLY good! The Chowhall got attacked 1 month after I left.
The best food I had was at Mc Chord AFB. Until they cut us off when some a-holes took too much food/drinks for later.

roll2li
10-28-2011, 11:48 PM
Stateside: NAB Bayside Galley. After the rennovation was finished the facility is top notch. Lots of fresh fruit and excellent breakfast b/c of the BUD/s kids.

Overseas: Camp Bastion Galley. Changed my opinion of British food (not really). Best part was when the Ghurkas took over and made lamb curry. That's until they started the "Only one main course, mate!" rule.

jaustin612
10-29-2011, 3:22 AM
Hey, I've eaten at some of those places.


2007 the main DFAC in Alasad, that huge building. They had to order stir fry, it was off the chain, gave you the worst gas ever though. I was always A-driving in a humvee afterwords, my buddy said I couldnt eat it anymore...

The best chow hall in that area was by far in Quatar, (sp?) We got to go there on R&R, sooo delicious, you could roll in in pt gear too, no rifle, no nothing. Delicious.

Warriors breakfast was nuts too, I at the hell out of everything.

Any of the chowhalls on Pendleton were about average, nothing special, same as here on Okinawa.

On a side note, Oki's commisarys have some pretty nice sushi to go, almost as good as off base.

ironman5669
10-29-2011, 4:43 AM
Coronado navy base in San Diego, those Squids deffinately knew how to feed a grunt!
and we got to watch those poor, miserable bastard seal candidates carry around their little bitty rubber boats all day! lmao

VictorFranko
10-29-2011, 4:47 AM
Mine was during my mess tour, on the ship the Dixon

Patriot, you were stationed on Building 37? The nuclear sub tender?
LOL, I was stationed on one of those little white boats with the orange stripe that tied up on Ballast Point right next to the Dixon.


The best food during my time in the Coast Guard was at Air Station San Diego. I hated living among those uppity airedales, but they do feed them well.

negolien
10-29-2011, 7:05 AM
My dad was on a sub so they had movie nights but I was too young to remember lol was in like 75. I was only a civvy stateside but the MWR facility in Pascagoula was kick butt. Followed closely behind was The Panama City Garrison When my Grandfather worked on a dredger on the canal. I got to go when I was a teen back when we still controlled it lol.

crashbubba
10-29-2011, 7:09 AM
I remember driving with some buddies all the way to March AFB from Camp Pendleton for chow back in the 90's. It was worth the drive for decent chow.

Best chow afloat was on USCGC Polar Star.

Hands down best chow ever was at the Embassy Annex DFAC, Baghdad when KBR ran it.

PatriotnMore
10-30-2011, 6:24 AM
Patriot, you were stationed on Building 37? The nuclear sub tender?
LOL, I was stationed on one of those little white boats with the orange stripe that tied up on Ballast Point right next to the Dixon.


The best food during my time in the Coast Guard was at Air Station San Diego. I hated living among those uppity airedales, but they do feed them well.

I was on the Tender Dixon. If you were there, remember the enlisted club? Cold beer and decent chow for lunch and the occasional lingerie show, which surprised me why they would have them, but the scenery was nice. Not sure how long that lasted, but they had them while I was stationed there.

I was down at the point last year, and it looked like it was all gone. Doesn't surprise me those tenders were on their last legs. It was a temporary duty station for those awaiting A schools, or leaving the service.

Bowhunter_619
10-30-2011, 4:53 PM
CZ Hall at the ASW Base in Point Loma is pretty darn good. Especially on Thursdays for the Mongolian BBQ:jump:

GMG
10-30-2011, 5:46 PM
USS Pickaway APA 222 chiefs mess. Was assigned for several weeks, got to eat off china instead of a tin tray + great chow.

Coming back from liberty go to the chiefs mess for a midnight snack, horse c*ck and cheese sandwich. Working the chiefs mess had it's perks!:cool: Made a lot of friends.

Bowhunter_619
10-30-2011, 7:42 PM
Plus you got what is now known as the college fund for extra:cool


USS Pickaway APA 222 chiefs mess. Was assigned for several weeks, got to eat off china instead of a tin tray + great chow.

Coming back from liberty go to the chiefs mess for a midnight snack, horse c*ck and cheese sandwich. Working the chiefs mess had it's perks!:cool: Made a lot of friends.

choprzrul
10-30-2011, 8:01 PM
Johnston Island, hands down. Contactor ran for an island population of 1000 civilians & 200 military. Professional chefs that would cook a lot of the menu to order. All you could eat shrimp etc. We worked our tails off there and I stll gained weight. They would have a cook your own steak bbq every Friday night. Good stuff.

AGGRESSOR
11-03-2011, 3:02 PM
The best chow hall I've been to was the chow hall at Camp Williams in Utah. It was the chow hall for the PLDC Students. It was staffed by civilians and they made the best chow I had in my 12 years of service. The second best was Ft. Gordon in Georgia, also staffed by civilians.

The most food ever given to me on a plate was at Torrejon Air Force Base in Spain. The Air Force sure know how to feed their Airmen/Airwomen. The Army lets you subsist on a starvation diet.

themailman
11-03-2011, 3:34 PM
Fort Jackson, SC. The ladies gave us the best southern cooking we've ever had at a chow hall, and because we were Marines she always gave us a loaf of bread pudding to take back to the brks.

themailman
11-03-2011, 3:37 PM
The MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center)

It was the best when there were still Marines cooking and serving, then they went to civilians, decent but no longer the best.

I was there last summer and they still had Marines serving and cooking in the chow hall. They had decent food, but it always tasted great coming out of a field op.

jigenax
11-03-2011, 3:46 PM
For me, it was the Air Force side Kadena AB in Okinawa. They had the best enlisted chow hall on the Rock.

Matt C
11-03-2011, 3:57 PM
The best chow hall I've been to was the chow hall at Camp Williams in Utah. It was the chow hall for the PLDC Students. It was staffed by civilians and they made the best chow I had in my 12 years of service.


Eh, how long ago was that? I was there for WLC (formerly known as PLDC) and the food was notably terrible.

Uriah02
11-03-2011, 4:04 PM
Camp Liberty, Victory Base Complex - Baghdad

Worst DFAC, almost all of them on KAF, RC-South

Solidux
11-03-2011, 5:50 PM
LSA Diamondback in Mosul, Iraq.

Hands down best midnight chicken wings

midvalleyshooter
11-03-2011, 6:30 PM
The best food on USAF SAC bases was in the messhalls assigned to midnight chow for flight crews & flightline staff working nights.We introduced a lot of friends to midnight chow at MacDill AFB,Brize Norton in the UK & bases in French Morocco .Whenever we were asked where we worked & who the new guys were we'd tell the cooks they were part of the tdy bomb wing that just arrived.

Midnight chow at the flight line chow hall on Beale AFB was pretty delicious in the 70's:)

Keith

ArmyMedicMoose
11-03-2011, 6:32 PM
Taji Iraq

todd2968
11-03-2011, 7:38 PM
Okinawa Camp shields we had a Masterchief that ran it while on deployment, who hooked us up and ran the galley the way all of them should be ran.

I remember talking with a friend who asked me if I wanted to take the truck over to Kadena and go to Chilli's and I responded "ARE you crazy it is TACO NIGHT"

Bob Hostetter
11-03-2011, 7:41 PM
In the very early 70's the two best I eat at were Subic Bay in the PI, and Kadena AFB in Okinawa

ihorn
11-03-2011, 10:28 PM
Best Chow Hall had to be Mid Rats on the Kitty. Such a good time, dinner and breakfast all in one.

Not at a Chow Hall would be the Ordie shop on the Kitty. Man we had food sent to us from Japan. So we had all the goodies.

farmerjoe
11-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Best chow halls: Nellis AFB. Runner Up: NAS Adak
Worst chow halls: USS Coral Sea. Runner Up: USS Ogden

jbs007
11-04-2011, 1:16 AM
Eglin AFB. I was there for a 2 week class. All you can eat including lobster and steak. There is an E-6 who's whole job in the Air Force is cutting you prime rib. "Is this rare enough for you sir? How much would you like? Is this thick enough for you? what kind of sauce would you like with your lobster?"

F***in Air Force...

johnthomas
11-04-2011, 1:47 AM
I went as support to the 1987 Happy Camp fire. Those fire fighters eat great. One night they served steak and Lobster. I was there 11 days and gained 7 pounds.

In the Service I was in transit and ate at the mess hall at the Rein Mien Air Base in Germany. I went to clear my plate and stuff, the guy next to me told me we weren't at an Army base, they have people to clear the tables, Imagine that, lol.

I ate at far more bad mess halls than good ones. In basic training, we didn't worry about quality, just how much we could eat and get out. One time we were told to take ou time and eat as much as we wanted, then went for a four mile run. It wasn't pretty.

kimo0311
11-04-2011, 1:56 AM
We stopped in quatar at N air force base got bagged lunch with sNdwiches and candy bars dognuts,I remember thinking wtf" but I was just so happy to have. Brown bG of decent food and a brown bag of poggie bait.love the corps

SoCal_Sapper
11-04-2011, 9:25 AM
Moron AFB was pretty good from what I remember.

Redyourdead
11-04-2011, 9:33 AM
Merridian Mississippi Navy A school.... Back in 2003

Tripper
11-04-2011, 12:08 PM
Sinai -South Camp - MFO

Tripper
11-04-2011, 1:21 PM
best mess is in the field! early menu from A box, meal #01 - Beefsteak w/Mushrooms.. yuuum-yum!

as for Mess Hall's, DFAC's etc.. been too many over too many years to rate them all..

NavSta Rota had a real nice buffet with swordfish and crab..

generally, in my experience, sub bases, air bases, and Air Force had the better food as I remember.. NavSta Long Beach had great chow, but that's been gone for a while now.. in most cases coming in from the field, hard to judge, any hot meal is great!

worst ever has be tray pack eggs out of the field kitchen.. :puke:

those weren't out yet for me

AGGRESSOR
11-04-2011, 3:23 PM
Hi Matt C,

I was up at Camp Williams in the early '90's for PLDC. The chow there was definitely "A Banquet" as far as Army Chow went. When did they change PLDC to WLC? I wonder if the budget cuts implemented by Pres. Clinton cut into the good chow at Camp Williams. I feel bad for your experience with the chow there.

AGGRESSOR

oldmotor
11-04-2011, 5:15 PM
Lackland AFB.

I was in the Army, stayed two weeks at Lackland back in 82. Thought I was at a five star.

bambam8d1
11-20-2011, 7:57 AM
Camp Mackall... Corned beef and cabbage every week and Steak and shrimp fridays

Comcam
11-20-2011, 8:39 AM
How about the worst! Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. It even has its own FB page to try and shut it down. This DFAC is the worst in the AOR and there is nothing anyone can do.

The best, FOB Thomas, Shindand Afghanistan.

glbtrottr
11-20-2011, 8:44 AM
Best: Nellis Air Force Base 1989, 1990, 1991 during Red Flag.
Runner Up: NAS Pensacola, Florida
Second Runner Up: Coronado Naval Amphibious Base
Honorary Mention: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.

Worst: USS Kitty Hawk.
Second Worst: USS Tarawa - agh.
Absolutely Lame: Korea / Seoul
Disappointing: Soto Cano Air Base, JTF Bravo / Honduras

CJfever
11-20-2011, 10:12 AM
Coast Guard Island Galley!

tntmo
11-21-2011, 7:38 AM
Best:
MCAS Tustin, best kept secret, too bad it closed.
DFAC Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Loved the Mongolian BBQ and Surf-N-Turf nights.
CPO Mess USS Peleliu, always had good eats and killer variety.

Worst:
General mess, USS Sacramento. Midrats was rice and ravioli 99% of the time.
CPO Mess USS Bonhomme Richard. Is that steak, or boot leather?

H2Soldier
11-22-2011, 1:19 PM
I would have to say BoB Hope Dinning facility Baghdad internantional airport

Beagle
11-29-2011, 7:13 PM
I would have to say BoB Hope Dinning facility Baghdad internantional airport

+1 loved it

haole_50
12-01-2011, 6:47 AM
Being so used to the chow line while stationed in Germany, I thought it was normal. But during shooting competition (sp SCHUTZEN SCHNUER) with the BRD troops one weekend we were treated to German mess. Problem was we were "seated and served" at our tables, like a fancy restaurant - SOUP, MAIN COURSE & DESSERT. Great food, right. Well asking the Germans, you'd think they were crazy THEY HATED their chow, but loved our "C Rations".

dalriaden
12-01-2011, 10:52 AM
Either LSA Anaconda or COB Speicher's. Steaks every friday, had a stir fry night, mmm.
In the states we would usually drive over to Pope AFB to eat at their dfac, or go off post.
Did Robin Sage OpFor and at the end we killed a hog and cooked it, possibly the best I ate in the field, although when training west point cadets we got served field rations, but could go to the cantina to buy beer.

kurupted
12-01-2011, 2:07 PM
Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan was awesome for me..especially when we got back from Afghanistan

duggan
12-01-2011, 4:49 PM
Sinai -South Camp - MFO

FTW, one of the +'s to having a multi-national group was the variety of food.

coyote43g
12-01-2011, 8:29 PM
stateside: Fort Bliss TX
Overseas: Al Asad AB

Raider510
01-05-2012, 6:28 AM
Best was definitely the DFAC at Blanchfield Hospital on Fort Campbell.
I saw a post earlier about LSA Diamondback, yeah it was pretty good there, but that was back in 03 for me. :)

Cmagic
01-09-2012, 5:46 PM
DFAC Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Loved the Mongolian BBQ

The TCN bar inside was the bomb imo. Curry Chicken, Mongolian BBQ so beat Short Order or Mail Line.

CPO Mess USS Peleliu, always had good eats and killer variety.

Loved the food although I almost backhanded the guy that tried to grab my tray when I was done. Being Army, I was not used to someone clearing the table for me, or asking me if I wanted more coffee. This is one of the fun stories I tell. I was with a VIP group as a BG enlisted aid so this might have played into it.

Scania was always good. Not really for the food by itself, but it was something you got after a 10-18 hour convoy. Usually midnight chow here.

Cedar I will throw in as it was the first place I encountered the "made to order" milkshakes. The KBR facility was better overall than the Army one though.

Zone 1 Arifjan because they had decent/good food and you actually got plates and silverware (not plastic/foam trays and plastic silverware).

Sean Conklin
01-09-2012, 6:41 PM
NAB Coronado, hands down. Us Marines would get spoiled while we were training out there, then have to go back to mystery meat and powdered eggs in our own chow halls.

casework
01-09-2012, 7:13 PM
Lackland AFB

CWUSCG
01-09-2012, 7:23 PM
The best chow i've had in the C.G was on a cutter! The FS2 on the Aquidneck in Bahrain was AWESOME! It's amazing what good food does to morale. Honorary mention goes to where i'm stationed at now, NBK Bangor in WA.

LoneWolf1
01-09-2012, 7:52 PM
MCAS Tustin '88 - '89.

Bobby Ricigliano
01-12-2012, 5:23 AM
The Navy Hospital Mess Hall in Guantanamo Bay was always very good! The Mess Hall on Marine Hill was great too. If you sat outside you'd always be joined by huge iguanas looking for scraps.

Sgt. J Beezy
01-15-2012, 6:34 PM
Camp Doha Kuwait

splode
01-16-2012, 9:51 AM
Bob Hope Galley, Camp Lemonnier

Petro6golf
01-16-2012, 10:02 AM
TQ Marine airbase outside of Ramadi. Amazing.

Timbo2
01-16-2012, 2:54 PM
USS James Monroe SSBN 622 Best frickin chow in the Navy. 68-71 Blue
Crew 4 meals a day. I gained 45 lbs the first year. :oji:

nso1
01-16-2012, 3:18 PM
Whatever the Airforce base in Quatar is called, they had pretty good chow, especialy after a month at sea. On ship the best chow i ever had was on the USNS Walter S Diehl. USNS ships have great chow, when they could the captain would slow the ship and the cooks would tail a line and we'd have fresh fish

robertsma
01-28-2012, 12:40 PM
DFAC 5 al asad iraq

Beatone
01-28-2012, 12:57 PM
Luke AFB mess hall and Officers NCO club.

weaponpro1
01-30-2012, 5:57 AM
When I was in the Marines the best chow hall was at the Kadena Airforce Base in Okinawa. The day I was there they had Lobster and steak!!!

dls
01-30-2012, 6:06 AM
The dozen or so USAF bases I visited always had a good breakfast, I mostly went with made to ordered omelets of some kind. I don't remember eating dinner on base much,If I did it was on a special meal night with steak, lobster, crab etc..

capo
01-30-2012, 6:17 AM
lobster & steak @ the 146th airlift wing dfac

Comcam
02-03-2012, 10:35 AM
When I was in the Marines the best chow hall was at the Kadena Airforce Base in Okinawa. The day I was there they had Lobster and steak!!!

We used to drive down from Hanson and have lunch when we could!!

tacticalcity
02-03-2012, 10:44 AM
It wasn't the chow hall, but the bacon cheesburgers at the bowling alley in Lajes are incredible.

Guys would always get upset when we were routed thru Lajes rather than Europe on those long fights back from the Middle East. But after eating MREs the entire time we were deployed those bacon cheesburgers really hit the spot. Me and my buddies would rush over to the bowling alley (open later than the chow hall) the moment we got off the aircraft and scarf them down, then head over to BAQ for a good nights sleep in a nice warm soft bed...our first real meal and real bed in months.

Getting to spend a couple days in Germany or England was great. Wouldn't trade that for the world. But if they diverted us to Lajes instead, that was cool with me too - thanks to those amazing bacon cheese burgers.

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themailman
02-03-2012, 11:55 AM
beuhring, ya, its that good

brando
02-03-2012, 10:52 PM
FOB Marez after the suicide bombingg in late 2004. While that was quite a blow to us at the time, they fixed up the chow hall and made it the best one I've ever ate in. And yes, that includes the awesome AF chow halls in Korea.

jloffermann
02-16-2012, 4:23 PM
Transit center at MANAS! when the eggs are cooked all the way DANG!

Dark Mod
02-16-2012, 7:35 PM
I remember the one at Iwakuni was pretty awesome for Marine Corps standards, there was also a soba shop across the street that was bomb

vintagearms
02-16-2012, 8:06 PM
It was in a quonsen hut in Twenty Nine Palms, CA. Was a mess hall called Tankers. Made the best omlettes and meat gravy on busqettes ever. They built a new one and closed Tankers but the food was never the same as Tankers.

tanksoldier
02-17-2012, 9:31 AM
An AF chow hall on Naval Station Rota, on a stopover flying home from my last Iraq deployment.

Don't know if it was the food itself or the freedom flight.

razorscs
02-19-2012, 8:55 PM
Miramar has a pretty awesome chow hall. To order omelets, I'm all about that.

esiegel91
05-09-2012, 10:13 AM
Al Udeid Air Base Qatar...i'd go back ANYTIME...well i go pretty often as is..lol

laabstract
05-09-2012, 12:31 PM
OCS chow hall fort Benning

winnre
05-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Army food: Ft McClellan, Alabama
USAF food: Howard AFB, Panama

jmsenk
05-09-2012, 1:47 PM
It was the "KILL BLUFOR" DFAC at Ft. Polk back when it was run by soldiers. That was back in 2000/2001... my last stint in Tigerland saw a vastly different grade of dining facility. Best ever? The DFAC at the American Embassy in the Green Zone, Baghdad. Only went there once, after a particularly long mission that was one of our only trips into the Green Zone, but man did it leave an impression.

dbo31
05-09-2012, 1:48 PM
After the last jump at Benning we got all the ice cream bars we could eat..so yea

Novator
05-09-2012, 2:24 PM
DFAC at Camp Patriot in Kuwait, steak & lobster plus mongolian barbecue nights regularly.

REDPATCHUSMC
05-09-2012, 3:55 PM
When I was in the Marines the best chow hall was at the Kadena Airforce Base in Okinawa. The day I was there they had Lobster and steak!!!

Ate their many times in late 80's. Great chow, good golf! Never get tired of watching SR71's take off!

cold100onhw1
05-09-2012, 4:02 PM
Transit center at MANAS! when the eggs are cooked all the way DANG!

And on the way back the girls working in the chow hall looked pretty good.

phaseshift
05-10-2012, 9:16 PM
Hotel Camp Fallujah

damn it was a small chowhall but we had this national who use to make us eggs REALL EGGS! over easy and rise yummy damn I miss the suck!

Sealawyer
05-10-2012, 10:05 PM
King Hall, USNA. To be young again...

Okami
05-11-2012, 2:13 AM
Nordic Support Group at Pécs in Hungary 1997, they were awesome hosts for a ruckmarch competition that they put on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implementation_Force_(IFOR)
Had some awesome reindeer stroganoff in their messhall.

downdiver2
05-11-2012, 6:17 AM
My first would be a small German army base we stayed at prior to the Iraq invasion. It was a mom and pop style authentic German. Wish i knew the name, but after landing in ramstein, they bused us to this foreign base. Second would be an AFB in Spain we stopped at in the middle of the night.

Fishslayer
05-11-2012, 9:15 AM
Seeing a bit of a theme in this thread...

Been quite a few years but...

Best: Lowry AFB in Denver & RAF Lakenheath in England.

Worst: No contest. Marine Base 29 Palms. Only place I've ever been that could make BACON taste awful. :puke:

Flipper
05-11-2012, 2:41 PM
KBR Chow hall at KAF. Made to oder omelets, soft serve ice cream, lobster and steak dinner. :D

Comcam
05-11-2012, 3:07 PM
KAF had good omelets. Coming from KAIA in Kabul anything tasted better hah

Atlantaboi2012
06-25-2012, 9:50 PM
Sub base Bangor Washington with its salad and ice cream bar complete with sundae ingredients...made to order hamburgers....Naval Amphibious Base Coronado is by no means that delicious but they USED to serve turkey au la King with pasta every other day with huge chunks of turkey and the salad bar stayed stocked with eggs, cheese and ham....a carb lovers dream..hooyahh!! If your eating fancy gourmet meals on base your definitively in the rear with the gear

rero360
06-25-2012, 10:21 PM
Army food: Ft McClellan, Alabama
USAF food: Howard AFB, Panama

I don't remember Ft McClellan being all that memorable, then again I was a New Yorker at the time, there in August and going thru MP reclass kind of against my will, wanted to stay 11B. So the insane heat and humidity and crappy new job, knowing that I was going straight from there to Ft Dix to MOB with a P.R. NG unit might have put a damper on it all. Did have some pretty good BBQ at a place in town though.

For me the best was probably the Air Force chow hall just off the air field at BIAP or the Embassy in the Green Zone, we would often decide to stop in for lunch when we were on patrol just across the river, got to meet Gen. Odierno and his CSM at the time.

steelrain82
06-25-2012, 10:51 PM
DFAC at Camp Patriot in Kuwait, steak & lobster plus mongolian barbecue nights regularly.

I was there befor the invasion and they didn't have any of that. But tq had that according to the af guys that we met as we passed through. On the way home. Tharp een complained about so my buddies and I took their chow and told them to eat mres. But the best is on Diego Garcia.

air0n'03
06-26-2012, 1:50 AM
Here's my top 3 haha.
1.Camp Clark, Afghanistan. The head chef there used to be the head chef at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Had weekly steak and burger days!

2. FOB Salerno, Afghanistan

3. Kuwait DFAC

-have to add Qatar Air Force base, VERY fancy dfac

sammass
06-26-2012, 10:49 AM
Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA 1970-72. Hot and plentiful. For the bull riders, motorcycle riders, and AIT recruits who "ran into a door, Sir" and had wired broken jaws, the staff would take their breakfast, lunch, or dinner order and blend it into a smoothie with a straw. Sometimes didn't look too appetizing with the veggies, but it got the job done. Some kids gained weight. ANY chow hall meal was better than long rats in RVN. :-) Met my wife at CPPEND 42 years ago. All good. Be Well.

dbo
06-27-2012, 1:02 PM
NAS Atsugi, we even had a fanta icee machine and a sandwich samurai

dbo
06-27-2012, 1:03 PM
When I was in the Marines the best chow hall was at the Kadena Airforce Base in Okinawa. The day I was there they had Lobster and steak!!!

Kadena has an f'ing chili's too!!!

esiegel91
06-28-2012, 7:08 PM
Only place I've ever been that could make BACON taste awful. :puke:

HA!! Go to the F-16 world. Competition in Jordan and try they're bacon...pretty sure its goat..lol oh and you can't wash your mouth after cause there's barely any running water...

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cfm117
07-23-2012, 12:27 PM
Toss up between 82nd Avn Bde and SF chow hall @ Bragg. SF was all contractors and food was served from those chrome or silver servers with candles under it at one point.

evidens83
07-24-2012, 10:37 AM
So far in my young military career, Rocco's Dfac on Ft Sam Houston gets my vote.

allpoint
07-24-2012, 11:30 AM
Kadena AFB in Okinawa. every friday was new york seak day, being a lucky Jarhead I had a pass to eat at thier dining facility, nothing like a USMC or Navy chow hall, more like a reasturaunt. plus got to see the SR71 up close many times while there. great site to watch take off at night.

+1 We would pile in a car and make it down to Kadena AFB from Camp Hansen to eat at their chow hall.

Arondos
07-24-2012, 11:33 AM
SSBN 731 Blue. Our counterparts had cooks that won the Ney award for best small galley afloat. They could cook the same food our cooks made and there was no comparison.

0351USMC
07-24-2012, 11:55 AM
Yokota Air Force Base,Japan or Marine Corp B-day Meal for Crab legs and Steak@ USS Essex

AfghanVetOrcutt
07-24-2012, 12:15 PM
2. FOB Salerno, Afghanistan
3. Kuwait DFAC


Agreed but I will add the 1st Cav DFAC at Ft. Hood. Screw Waffle House that DFAC was better and cleaner!!! Not to mention the IHOP right off post smelled like cat piss.