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#1 tommylicious

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

Anyone got recent Amtrak dining car food photos?  Thought this would be a good compendium to have.  Thanks posters in advance.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:01 PM

Pictures of food never look appetizing to me. Possibly due to the fact that pictures alone lack smell and other sensory attributes, which to me, are required to make any food appealing.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:55 PM

Pictures of food never look appetizing to me. Possibly due to the fact that pictures alone lack smell and other sensory attributes, which to me, are required to make any food appealing.

Food imaging is indeed a highly specialized photography (art) form for this very reason.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:14 PM

From this year...

Lunch on the Crescent.

Dinner on the Southwest Chief.

Breakfast on the Starlight.

Dinner on the PPC Starlight

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Amtrak: - Coast Starlight*, Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin*, Cascades*, Empire Builder*, California Zephyr*, Southwest Chief*, City of New Orleans*, River Cities, Illinois Zephyr*, Wolverine, Cardinal, Capitol Limited*, Lake Shore Limited, Downeaster, Acela Express*, Crescent*, Carolinian*, Silver Star*, Silver Meteor*, Maple Leaf* Texas Eagle.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:15 PM

Our salad at dinner on the Empire Builder last month.  Did not take any other pictures this trip.

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:03 PM

Any photos of the new menu items?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:13 PM

Steak and Shrimp
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:12 PM

That Steak and Shrimp Plate looks pretty appetizing! Hope to try it on the Eagle/Sunset/Starlight on the way to PDX for the Gathering in Sept!😎
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:30 AM

That Steak and Shrimp Plate looks pretty appetizing! Hope to try it on the Eagle/Sunset/Starlight on the way to PDX for the Gathering in Sept!


It was good. On outbound trip in Texas Eagle, the chef threw the shrimp on the grill to give them a little grilled edges. It was really good. Return trip they did not but was still good.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

That Steak and Shrimp Plate looks pretty appetizing! Hope to try it on the Eagle/Sunset/Starlight on the way to PDX for the Gathering in Sept!😎


It would look a lot better to me, if it had a baked, French fried, hashed brown, or just about any kind of potatoes other than mashed... :)
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:34 AM

Well lucky for you... Baked potato is usually an option!

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:23 PM

Well lucky for you... Baked potato is usually an option!


When I had dinner on the EB last month, they were out of baked potatoes. I could see where there might be a situation near the end of the run where they might run short, but this was at the BEGINNING of the run: dinner out of Seattle on #8. How they could have been out of baked potatoes at that point was beyond my feeble brain's ability to comprehend.:wacko:
Amtrak Routes Traveled: City of New Orleans, State House/Lincoln Service, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, Capitol Limited, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited, Pacific Surfliner, Cardinal.
 
Pre-Amtrak Routes Traveled:
Empire Builder (Great Northern), North Coast Limited (Northern Pacific), Abraham Lincoln (Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio), City of Hinkle  (Union Pacific) Panama Limited (Illinois Central)

Bustitutions: Portland-Spokane (EB),Galesburg-Bloomington (CZ/Lincoln Service )
 

Amtrak Miles: 81242

Pre-Amtrak Miles: 8478

Bustitution Miles: 450

Excursion trains ridden:  Centralia and Chehalis Railroad, Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad, Alaska Railroad, 1880 Train (Black Hills Central RR) and trains at the Illinois Railway Museum, California Railway Museum, and the Monticello (IL) Railroad Museum.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:29 PM

Well lucky for you... Baked potato is usually an option!

When I had dinner on the EB last month, they were out of baked potatoes. I could see where there might be a situation near the end of the run where they might run short, but this was at the BEGINNING of the run: dinner out of Seattle on #8. How they could have been out of baked potatoes at that point was beyond my feeble brain's ability to comprehend.:wacko:

That's why I said "usually" because with Amtrak... Anything is possible! I once heard "oh we don't serve ice cream on the first night, but we will have it tomorrow" from the dining car staff. (Obviously when ice cream was still on the menu.) I've also heard baked potatoes being limited and rationed out to customers who order certain entrees.

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Iowa Pacific - Hoosier State*, and City of New Orleans Pullman*.   


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:43 PM

 

Well lucky for you... Baked potato is usually an option!


When I had dinner on the EB last month, they were out of baked potatoes. I could see where there might be a situation near the end of the run where they might run short, but this was at the BEGINNING of the run: dinner out of Seattle on #8. How they could have been out of baked potatoes at that point was beyond my feeble brain's ability to comprehend. :wacko:

 

 

Catering issues, where Aramark didn't have them available..?  Certainly wouldn't be the first time Aramark has run out of something, and it certainly won't be the last.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:07 PM

Not that I minded. I don't mind the mashed potatoes even though they came from a box.
Amtrak Routes Traveled: City of New Orleans, State House/Lincoln Service, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, Capitol Limited, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited, Pacific Surfliner, Cardinal.
 
Pre-Amtrak Routes Traveled:
Empire Builder (Great Northern), North Coast Limited (Northern Pacific), Abraham Lincoln (Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio), City of Hinkle  (Union Pacific) Panama Limited (Illinois Central)

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Pre-Amtrak Miles: 8478

Bustitution Miles: 450

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:19 PM

That was my wife's plate. I had the rice which I liked. It seemed to be a different style from past years.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:12 PM

I tried to load a photo but for some reason it wouldn't load. What I found on my recent trip is how the same entree will look very different from train to train, so I also expect from cook to cook even on the same route just different crews. On some trains, the chicken breast for example, had the option of mashed, rice, or baked, but on others, only mashed was allowed, the rice was for the Shrimp, and the baked potato for the Steak. The vegetable mix was the same across the board, probably heated in a bag in hot water. I saw people get the sauce without asking, sometimes on the chicken breast, other times in a plastic cup. Then none at all, if not requested (I told a table mate of the sauce, she asked and received, being told by request only because it is usually wasted).

I thought here is that we could post 10 photos of the same entree and see 10 slightly different meals. All would look very appealing, especially compared to normal airplane food.

Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:43 PM

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Amtrak Train travel: Empire Builder = 1677; Silver Meteor = 668; Capital Limited = 780; Hiawatha Service = 172; Cascade = 312; Lincoln Service= 640; Southwest Chief = 2,265;  Total = 21,514

Routes completed: Empire Builder 7 and 8; Capital Limited 29; Southwest Chief 4; Hiawatha. 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 11:09 PM

We had this chicken breast which was cooked good, not dried out. We also had the Chicken and Bacon Carbonara, mistake. The wide noddles were a solid mass with the chicken and bacon sauce poured over. That photo doesn't want to load, but here is the photo of the chicken breast.Attached File  First dinner on the Texas Eagle 06282017.jpg   38.16KB   39 downloads

Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 04:15 PM

The dessert was a chocolate bundt cake, I suspect? Both that and the steak and shrimp(and I know one other person got a shot of this), look like something I'd try for sure! Thanks to everyone else for posting their pics of the food they got on Amtrak, as well.






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