The LSL is almost certainly getting it's diners back; that does not stop the Cardinal or SS from also getting new diners.
As for the Silver Star getting a full diner back, I would not count on it despite the arrival of the Viewliner Diners.
For decades Amtrak has played around with dining service on the Florida trains including one time that full meal service was only offered south of Washington,and another
where they offered "buffet style" service.
As for the Cardinal and the CONO, they have the most limited offering with the CONO southbound the most limited of all.
There are some options that Amtrak should consider from the VIA rail playbook.
The Ocean uses catered food, but it is reheated, plated, and presented on-board, in a traditional diner, with full a wait staff (see pictures below).
The Canadian, the only non-tourist train in North America with a full cooked on board menu, adds a coach class diner during the summer peak only, during the bulk
of the year coach class uses the cafe car which has some entree choices, similar to what was added to to the Silver Star cafe menu.
As for which train will have a full diner restored, my money is on the Lake Shore.
Edited by brianpmcdonnell17, 24 June 2017 - 08:32 AM.