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#1 seat38a

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 05:15 PM

Not sure if I'm late to the party but it seems the menu's have changed. I'm really liking the new dessert options! Pecan tart, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate raspberry tart, and a cheese plate.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:10 PM

There were 4 of us at the table for lunch and we all had the raspberry chocolate tart.  I believe that we all cleaned our plates.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:11 PM

Anything pumpkin is good! And the tart sounds lovely! :)

 

Does anyone have a link to the new menus? (Amtrak's list of menus still seems to have the old one as of now.)


Edited by Mystic River Dragon, 02 October 2017 - 06:11 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:45 PM

Penny, do they still have those chicken enchiladas or whatever that was at lunch?


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:07 PM

Anything pumpkin is good! And the tart sounds lovely! :)

 

Does anyone have a link to the new menus? (Amtrak's list of menus still seems to have the old one as of now.)

I got the info through http://www.amtrakfoodfacts.com/Some of the main dishes such as shrimp biryani sounds interesting.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:09 PM

Thanks! (I'm back now--I was over at the food facts page for a while staring in fascination at how pretty that chocolate raspberry tart looks! :))



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:12 PM

Penny, do they still have those chicken enchiladas or whatever that was at lunch?


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Unfortunately, they do not have the chicken quesidillas for lunch any more.  They have mussels, which I do not eat.  I had a burger for lunch today.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:13 PM

The pumpkin dessert is seasonal and it was not available on our train today.  


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:30 PM

Thx penny. I’ll skip mussels too.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 10:09 PM

I'm a member of a few Amtrak Facebook groups and on one of them, somebody posted a photo of the updated menu and said that it's for all routes.  Is that true?


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 10:47 PM

I'm a member of a few Amtrak Facebook groups and on one of them, somebody posted a photo of the updated menu and said that it's for all routes.  Is that true?

 

Unfortunately yes, as most trains now share a standardized menu.  But at least on paper the newest offerings look interesting....



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:31 PM

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:55 PM

The Chilaquiles for Lunch sounds interesting, as does the Salmon being back for Dinner.😎

The dinner specials might be worth a try for diversity on traveler type trips!😄
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 02:19 AM

 

Somebody posted a photo of the updated menu and said that it's for all routes.  Is that true?

 
Unfortunately yes, as most trains now share a standardized menu.

 
At this point nearly every route and direction has the same generic menu with little thought or concern for repeat travelers.  When it comes to breakfast and lunch there's literally nothing I find appealing or appetizing anymore.  Really disappointing to anyone who isn't big on scrambled eggs and precooked frozen burger patties.  I've visited tiny food trucks with more options and higher quality food than this.  Salads are fine if they're big and plentiful, but these smaller examples with cold proteins are nothing to get excited about.


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 03 October 2017 - 03:34 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:59 AM

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:39 AM

With the new fruit nuts and cheese plate, I do hope they offer it for sale during PPC wine tasting event. It looks 100 times better than the boxed stuff sold in the cafe car.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

This menu looks really good actually. Perhaps they listened to customers? The dinner menu offers a great seafood choice (salmon), plus a pasta that can be served with or without meat, plus a vegan friendly pasta.

(I'm not vegan but I eat mostly a pescitarian diet and appreciate when various diets are considered).

It seems odd that Quesadillas would be offered for breakfast and not lunch though.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:10 PM


It seems odd that Quesadillas would be offered for breakfast and not lunch though.

I expect the breakfast ones are a pre-made package with the eggs and sauce.  Can't really separate it apart for lunch.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:35 PM

This menu looks really good actually. Perhaps they listened to customers? The dinner menu offers a great seafood choice (salmon), plus a pasta that can be served with or without meat, plus a vegan friendly pasta. (I'm not vegan but I eat mostly a pescitarian diet and appreciate when various diets are considered). It seems odd that Quesadillas would be offered for breakfast and not lunch though.

 

On the one hand I think they're honestly trying to do the best they can with what they have available to them, at least in the case of the dinner menu.  On the other hand, I can't remember the last time I saw a $40 surf & turf entree that featured a shredded seafood cake as the surf.  I also don't see where the pasta is ever offered with actual meat; looks to be a vegan only plate for some reason.  Where I come from it seems odd to call tortillas and cheese a quesadilla unless it's made with pico de gallo, but I suppose that's probably beyond Amtrak's practical abilities at this point. 


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