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

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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!
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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.
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Outconus! I think they have the best chow halls.
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Best food was always at the hospitals, best I ate was at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego. Was real good.
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NAS PENSACOLA...delicious!!
Now i see why the Navy personnel stay pudgy..j\k
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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........

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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".
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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!
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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.
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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!
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. . . still thinking about it.
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Can't remember if it was a navy or air force base, but it was in japan, probably yokosuka.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Eilsen AFB dining facility, summer of '92,

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

The one on the flightline wasn't that great but the one up top, on main base, was really good.
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Camp Lejeune O-club...
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McMurdo Naval Station, Antartica (gotta keep the morale up down there)

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We got crab legs 2-3 times in the USn, usually around the time of an important inspection.
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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.
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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.

USEUCOM was probably the most disappointing...

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At the Nordic Support Group Base in Pecs, Hungary when i was over there during Operation Joint Guard. Raindeer Stroganof, Yum!
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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...
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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.


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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.
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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.

Pretty nice setups too. Each guy had there own Apartment, Vehicle and still got there alcohol Rations.
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The BAMC DFAC at FT Sam Houston. Daaaamn.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!!!!
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Pentagon, Flag Officer's Dining Room. The had a small room for drivers/guards that we ate in.
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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?
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