Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by ExCon90 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:50 pm

electricron wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:00 pm
While I understand why so many dislike “forced” socializing at the dinner table, it was a compromise to sit as many as possible at the relatively small number of tables. Can you imagine the inefficiency of a single sleeper passengers using an entire table sized to fit four?
... and imagine the ambiance of standing in line in the corridor next to the kitchen while there are empty seats at the tables. Most of my traveling years were spent when "communal seating" was the norm, and people generally took it for granted and didn't fret about it. As others have noted, you encountered all kinds, and if you were stuck with a bore, just tune out as if it were a TV commercial. The only problem for me was the risk of failing to see a junction or an opposing train while en route to and from the diner. (If only the SPV atlases had existed in those days ...)

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Matt Johnson » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:55 pm

electricron wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:00 pm
Never-the-less, there are fewer and fewer places on an Amtrak train to socialize at all. There used to be lounges, smoking and smoke free, where you could socialize voluntary. Four playing Bridge overnight at a cafe table, someone breaking out a guitar in the smoking lounge, watching a movie in the observation lounge, etc. Today the tables are full of people trying to surf the web on their laptops, notepads, and phones. No one seems to want to share their trip with anyone else. That’s what is wrong with public transit today, and why airlines and Amtrak treats us as cattle squeezing as many of us as possible into the smallest possible space. I hope that Amtrak will not scrap their Superliner sightseer lounge cars anytime soon, because that is just about the only place left to socialize on their trains anymore.
I agree. I guess I was born in the wrong era! This is more my style!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Td9DDLp_JQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcJf4eMhass

But hey, that applies to commercial aviation as well! :)
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by lordsigma12345 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:29 am

It should be noted you still have the option of sitting at a table in the dining car, even with strangers like before, if you want to. While Im going to wait to judge until I taste the new meals, if you still want to chat with people in the diner, that is still possible and now you can actually go even when meals aren’t being served.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by bostontrainguy » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:26 am

You got a better idea for Amtrak food service? Let them know:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-deliv ... 7029602345

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Tadman » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:36 am

lordsigma12345 wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:29 am
... now you can actually go even when meals aren’t being served.
I like this idea. It could even lead to increased cafe sales. You get a group of people around a table playing cards at 10pm and perhaps everybody wants a beer or wine, or some chips after said beers and wines.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by lordsigma12345 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:54 am

Tadman wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:36 am
lordsigma12345 wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:29 am
... now you can actually go even when meals aren’t being served.
I like this idea. It could even lead to increased cafe sales. You get a group of people around a table playing cards at 10pm and perhaps everybody wants a beer or wine, or some chips after said beers and wines.
It sounds like you'll be able to order beverages from the dining car LSA even during non-meal times.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:02 pm

Tadman wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:36 am
I like this idea. It could even lead to increased cafe sales. You get a group of people around a table playing cards at 10pm and perhaps everybody wants a beer or wine, or some chips after said beers and wines.
As Mr. Norman reminds us: "high margin alcoholic beverage sales" ...
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by BandA » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:29 am

Can someone post the recipe for the mystical Railroad French Toast? I would love to replicate it at home.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by mtuandrew » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:48 am

BandA wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:29 am
Can someone post the recipe for the mystical Railroad French Toast? I would love to replicate it at home.
Pretty sure it’s just regular French toast with a dab of diesel :wink: (since you just can’t get coal dust anymore :P )

But seriously, this looks about right:
https://www.food.com/recipe/santa-fe-ra ... ast-236922

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Matt Johnson » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:21 am

That and the steak are what I'll miss the most! Texas Eagle, 2015:
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Matt Johnson » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:50 am

I've read reports elsewhere that ridership is down on the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited since going to crap food. Any official ridership stats available?

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:20 pm

No but if there were a serious problem you should start seeing promotions very soon.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Greg Moore » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:01 pm

A rousing endorsement of the new contemporary dining options... not.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Backshophoss » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:18 am

With every "tweak" they do,the"Panera Bread" model of food service gets worse,better to strike the "Mica" amendment from the current law,
(Food Service is cost contained,ie $0.00 lost). By now what's on a McDonald's breakfast Menu or a Subway Breakfast Menu would be
more appealing then the current material from Aramark!
Heck,what's offered at the 7-11/Circle K in the AM would be better!
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by lordsigma12345 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:32 am

I have to confess I do like the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches.

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