An amazing chowhound not only wrote a report of the hospital food served during a one day visit, she snapped a picture.
I like the touch of the menu having a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can't chew on scenery.
It led to an interesting discussion on the SF board about local hospital food.
I knew Kosher meals could be special-ordered, but never realized that some hospitals might cater to different ethnicities serving jook and stir-fries.
I'm not clear if this was hospital or SF specific but one tip is to order the diabetic chocolate pudding if it's made by Kozy Shack.
A few hospitals were noted for their food ..
"The best overall hospital food I've had is at CHOMP in Monterey and SVMH in Salinas. Salinas Valley Memorial bakes its own bread and makes it own low-fat ice cream without all the preservatives and gunk in it. The green salads on the meal trays are so fresh and lovely. The housemade coffee cake for breakfast is as good as anyone's. The SVMH vending machines are well-stocked --- you can get Its-Its."
I knew that a few hospitals offer gourmet cooking for a premium, not that I've stumbled across yet, but I've read about it.
I had a friend who, in the good old days, would always order the Kosher meal on an airplane because her feeling it was higher quality. I wonder if that applies to hospitals?
If ordering Kosher or Asian would get you a better quality, or at least, made-to-order meal? I wonder if the hospital would go for it if you are not Kosher or Asian?
Anyone had one of those premium meals? I wonder if VIP's get better food? At a local hospital, while waiting for a doctor conference, they had me wait in an empty VIP room. It was lush in terms of hospital standards. I wonder if the food is better for people in those rooms?
If not on a special diet, have you ordered food out during your stay? Bypassing the food and ordering pizza, or in a larger city, somethig like a meal from a restaurant delivery service like Waiter on Wheels.
So any hospitals that serve interesting food? Any serve organic meals? What if you are a vegitarian? How good or bad is that?
Any tips for getting better chow?
IMO, more people should snap hospital food. Make it public. Maybe the quality will improve.