Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato"

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Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato"

Postby gokeefe » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:24 am

How this forum has ever survived without an homage to the greatest railroad foodservice promotion in history I will never know. But undoubtedly in the great halls of Railroad.net this is surely the place where discussion of the Northern Pacific's world famous Great Big Baked Potato and all such related things should occur.

And now for a reminder of the origins of our tasty friend.

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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby Desertdweller » Tue May 19, 2015 3:57 pm

Yeah, I ate one of those shoe-sized potatoes on the North Coast Limited. No matter what else you ordered with it, it's gonna fill you up. Very tasty, too.

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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby gokeefe » Tue May 19, 2015 10:38 pm

Desertdweller wrote:Yeah, I ate one of those shoe-sized potatoes on the North Coast Limited. No matter what else you ordered with it, it's gonna fill you up. Very tasty, too.

Les


Oh goodness....one year and we now have our first official reply to this thread.

What was it typically served with? Was the Great Big Baked Potato considered a "side dish"? :-D
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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:21 am

I had mine with a steak during May 1962 on #25 second night out.

May as well said "hold the steak". Say, as in the NP was practically the only railroad that would accept verbal orders.

I don't know if it was offered a' la carte.
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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby gokeefe » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:35 am

Gilbert B Norman wrote:May as well said "hold the steak". Say, as in the NP was practically the only railroad that would accept verbal orders.


I wasn't aware of this difference at all. Can you explain further Mr. Norman?
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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:11 pm

Mr. O'Keefe, even into the Amtrak era when railroads held "turnkey" purchase of service agreements with Amtrak, Dining Car patrons would write their orders on a check and one copy of such would be picked up by the Waiter. The Steward would then come around and price the check.

The NP was the one road I knew that would accept a verbal order from a patron.
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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby gokeefe » Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:15 am

Interesting. I now better understand the origins of the huge "National Dining Car Service" slips used on Amtrak diners of the present.
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Re: Northern Pacific: "The Route of the Great Big Baked Pota

Postby ExCon90 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:54 pm

I've wondered for years how that practice came about--so that was it.
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