How's The Food In Your Hospital?

  1. As I sit here at 01:10 and savor the last bite of bbq'ed rib tips and smokie cheddar potatos with huge chuncks of ham in it I thought it would be interesting to hear how the food is where you work.

    I know that this should stir up some rather strong feelings, cause I just called the wife, who works at another area hospital where the cafeteria isn't open at night, she had 2 pieces of cold pizza, and to say the least, she wasn't too happy with me.

    So lets hear from you all, got any gormet food going out there?

    Have A good one!
    Dan
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   mercyteapot
    I visit a number of hospitals in my position, and the food ranges from ghastly to good (no greats, I'm afraid) There is one hospital that has great french fries, pretty good grilled sandwiches, and a very nice salad bar, so I like that the best. Another has lots of variety, which I like. Our Children's Hospital offers a rinky dink salad bar, a pasta bar that caters those who like their pasta limp and their sauces grease laden, and a hot bar with fully amped heating lamps that cook the life out of everything that's offered. Also, it is only open till 8, since parents aren't likely to be staying late visiting their children and needing a cup of coffee or other sustinence. Oh wait. Yes, they are. Huh! The worst of all, though, I must say, is the hospital that treated my husband for three days back in October. Don't get me wrong, the quality of care was very good. But the food is just disgusting. You know its a bad sign when you can't even identify what you're eating! He was in for cardiac symptoms, and they were feeding him gravy drenched pot pie (what the **** that meat filling was is anyone's guess), macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes and gravy. I made the mistake of taking my son down to the cafeteria for a sandwich. You wouldn't think that its possible to mess up a ham sandwich, but apparently, it is!
  4. by   Tweety
    Sometimes good, sometimes bad. They make good spaghetti, and a good chicken caesar salad. Mon-Fri the daytime has a nice salad bar. I usually bring my lunch though.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    A decent salad bar that is sometimes really good depending on who puts it out . . . none on the weekend though. Twice a month a taco bar. One lady makes awesome homemade soups . .but not very often. The regular meals are typical hospital food . .some so so . . some good.

    I rarely bring a lunch. I come in at 3:30 a.m. and the kitchen closes at 6:30 p.m. and doesn't open until 7 a.m.

    Night shift brings lots and lots of their own food . . .it is amazing to get here at 2:30 a.m. and see all the food . . .they also barbeque outside the ER a few nights a week . . everyone brings food, even the docs.

    steph
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Dan - I too live in the midwest (central IL) and I wanna know where you work??? I'm running just as fast as my chubby legs will take me.
  7. by   danfif
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Dan - I too live in the midwest (central IL) and I wanna know where you work??? I'm running just as fast as my chubby legs will take me.
    Well Trauma, just come on down to Kansas City, would love to see ya! Great hospital, and believe it or not great food until 02:30! Think I will need to call JENNY CRAIG to get on a plan!

    Dan
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    It depends on who's cooking that day as to whether it's good or not. The green beans are the clue for me. There's one person there who is great at fixing them to be good, yet not putting in any bad additive, and the rest just dump them out of the can and boil.
  9. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    We don't get any food at nite. Our hospital kitchen closes at 7 PM.
    If we want to eat, we have to bring our own.

    I have been here in the day time & the food is less then good!! The salad bar is not too bad at times, but even that is iffy!!

    Mary Ann
  10. by   TiffyRN
    I haven't been to our cafeteria in probabaly over a year. They specialize in what we have termed "floating meat". Oh, I forgot, recently they started offering on item that's become semi-popular; "square fish" (some sort of fried fish patty). One edible thing they have is a grilled cheese sandwich, but you have to deal with the snotty cook who likes to ignore you and disappears all the time.

    Our hospital is physically attached to a nice Children's hospital by a walkway and their cafeteria is great but closes at MN. Ours opens at MN till 4am. They have all those foods kids enjoy like good chicken fingers, tasty curly fries, nacho cheese to pour over anything you like, juicy fresh cooked ham/cheeseburgers, good salads and a great selection of deserts, also a pasta bar. Crazy thing is I saw someone in line once at our cafeteria with the Children's hospital ID badge on saying she preferred the food at our cafeteria.
  11. by   danfif
    God I Love This Place!
    This is the only place that I have worked that has anything that resembles real food, and boy is it good!

    Yea I know, a hospital with good food, but it's the truth, tonight was the shrimp bar, peal and eat, or deep fried. If that didn't suit your fancy, you could have Chicken Fried Chicken, with Mashed Tater and Gravy, Veggies where Sugar Snaped Pea's or veggie melody. I am starting to think that I need to go to Jenny Craig soon however!

    Dan
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from danfif
    As I sit here at 01:10 and savor the last bite of bbq'ed rib tips and smokie cheddar potatos with huge chuncks of ham in it I thought it would be interesting to hear how the food is where you work.

    I know that this should stir up some rather strong feelings, cause I just called the wife, who works at another area hospital where the cafeteria isn't open at night, she had 2 pieces of cold pizza, and to say the least, she wasn't too happy with me.

    So lets hear from you all, got any gormet food going out there?

    Have A good one!
    Dan
    our hospital food is the worst there possibly can be. I have never had worse, and I have been to many hospitals. And no, we don't have cafeteria access from 6 p.m. til 6 a.m., so we have to bring our own food at night, which to me, sucks. Hard to find time to microwave and eat food often, breaks can be just about non-existant for nurses, everyone knows.

    ....but then, as bad as the food is, I would not care to have it at night. Whenever I have worked dayshift, the only thing I could get there that I could stomach was hamburgers. I am actually embarassed to bring this crappy food into my patients' rooms. And when they complain, I don't blame them; I actually encourage them to put their complaints on their survey forms. It's that bad. :angryfire
  13. by   grinnurse
    The food at our hospital is so bad (How bad is it?) that the rodents don't even have us on their list as place to go for a night on the town..........LOL

    Truly, the food is awful. I work at a small town hospital where cabbage rolls is on the menu weekly!! Nasty, nasty, nasty...............They season nothing, it is never at the correct temperature or even somewhat warm, and I wouldn't serve the crap to the opposums on my land. The only thing that they have that is half-way decent are the fried catfish, rolls, or cornbread. They used to have a yogurt machine that you could get a cup of yogurt from QD but they have ceased to use it. Other than the above mentioned catfish I either bring my lunch or we go out and bring back. I did one of my clinicals here and the food was so bad that we would take turns going to p/u stuff at the instructors request (which was against school rules for students to leave the site).

    It is no wonder the patients loose wait while hospitalized b/c the food really is nasty!!
  14. by   PennyLane
    Ours is pretty bad. Lots of meat and gravy...yuck. The pizza always looks like it's been sitting out for 2 days, the sandwiches give you one lousy piece of wilted lettuce (and cost $5.99!), and if it's variety you're looking for, well, you're out of luck.

    They do have good breakfast sandwiches, though, if you can make it there before they're all gone.

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