Flik Food Review: They’re Changing The Game
November 19, 2019
Standing in the already-too-long lunch line spurs an agonizing decision I face everyday. As I observe the lunch menu, the length of the line, and the sandwich selection, I formulate a quick pros and cons T-Chart in my head. On an average day, the mental pros and cons chart will look something like this:
Grilled Cheese (Mon., Nov 4)
In this scenario, I’m ditching the line, grabbing a PB&J, a banana, and a bottle of water, and checking out with Katriba. Recently, however, I’ve found myself waiting out the line more and more. And on Friday, November 15th, 2019, the day I consider to be the current peak of my 9-year school dining career, the pros of the lunch line were immeasurable.
My eyes scrolled down the white paper menu at the entrance to the lunch line. I read “Philly Cheesesteaks” and shrugged. Not my personal favorite, but definitely not bad. “Baked Tater Tots” caught my eye first and, if the menu ended there, I probably would’ve stayed in line just for them. But it didn’t end there. I’d never thought I’d see the day where I would read “Blueberry and Banana Smoothie” on a Flik lunch menu, but, sure enough, it was right there.
A swarm of people moved right behind me, rushing to the “Grab and Go” section of the lunchline. Looking over, I was expecting to maybe see a chicken sandwich or perhaps a hamburger covered in saran wrap. But, as Flik continued to blow away my expectations, my eyes were met by not one, but two different varieties of chicken wings. Not really in a Garlic Parmesan mood, I opted for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken wings, grabbed a banana, and checked out with Katriba. Once I sat down, after hearing a roar of phrases like “They serve THAT in the lunch line,” I had to try the smoothie first.
The smoothie was thick, with small chunks of ice. Nothing Smoothie King level, but I couldn’t complain. The Philly Cheesesteak was loaded with beef and was solid. I took the personal liberty of throwing on some Frank’s Hot Sauce on it, but you can’t go wrong with a Philly Cheesesteak. The Jamaican Jerk Wings were small, but managed to pack a ton of flavor into a really compact size. The tater tots were typical tater tots, which means incredible.
School lunch shouldn’t be this good, yet it is. In a meal typically defined by sketchy meatloaf and stale french fries, Flik has delivered quality food. Instead of wasting away in an endless cycle of burgers, tacos, pizza, repeat, students are now given new, creative lunch choices. Flik is out here changing the lunch food game for good.