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While the menu doesn’t offer as many choices as a full restaurant, it isn’t bad considering it is on a train. The breakfast section typically includes an egg option, French toast and a section of meats. Lunch includes a hot choice and some sandwiches. Dinner selection usually includes a steak option, a selection of seafood and a vegetarian or healthy option, at the least. There are kid friendly options, too.
Sleeping car passengers can choose one non-alcoholic beverage and one entree that is served with a starter salad and bread. Alcohol costs extra and will be added to your final bill. Know your room number and car as this information is noted on your receipt in order to “zero-out” your bill.
Obviously the food on Amtrak isn’t great, but it’s not too bad. It looks and tastes kind of like a cross between an average chain restaurant and a microwave meal.
On a recent trip, I ordered the steak, cooked to my liking, though it was a bit on the tougher side, indicating that it was most likely frozen at one point. It was served with a salad to start and a strawberry cheesecake for dessert.
Generally, this was a decent dining endeavor. Don’t go into it expecting a 5-star meal or service–it certainly is neither. But this is an experience you should try. You won’t get this flying, which isn’t a bad thing. Plus, you’re stuck on a train overnight, so why not?
Jamie Larounis is an avid traveler, blogger and miles/points educator. Traveling well over 100,000 miles a year and staying in hotels for over 100 nights, he leverages miles, points and other deals to fly in first class cabins, and stay in 5-star hotels. His blog, The Forward Cabin, shares his experiences, musings, reviews, tips, tricks, resources and industry news with you, the fellow traveler. Today, in addition to writing The Forward Cabin, Jamie also supports the Frequent Traveler University, a Frequent Traveler Education Foundation project, as a member of their organizing staff where he’s spoken in-depth on the loyalty programs and operations of Amtrak and American Airlines. You’ll also find Jamie as an expert award trip booker with Award Magic, helping clients to redeem frequent flyer miles across a wide variety of reward programs and airlines. Among several media spotlights, he’s spoken at the New York Times Travel Show, written for InsideFlyer, Road Warrior Voices/USA Today, 1000TravelTips.com, the official content platform for the Travel and Adventure Shows, and makes regular guest appearances as a featured expert discussing the travel industry on FOX News.