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#61 Devil's Advocate

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:12 PM

I wonder what the staff has for dinner?

 
I was thinking the exact same thing.  :lol:


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:14 PM

 

As for the food choices, we were on four Amtrak LD trips last year and not one had the "ACAT Inspired Special" . We always took the first dinner seating and still no specials. Has anyone here ever been served one of these dishes or is the addition of it to the menu just taking up space?  It says "limited availability" but is was so limited it wasn't available.

I had the same expierence, they were always "out" of the specials or they had been "discontinued" according to the LSA.

 

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:52 PM

I wonder what the staff has for dinner?

 
I was thinking the exact same thing.  :lol:

The specials. :D
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:03 AM

The new Land & Sea item does not do anything for me.  The "straight" steak and shrimp item was good, but the idea of a "miscellaneous seafood cake" doesn't do anything for me (whereas I'd have happily gone for a straight crabcake).

With that being said, the Shrimp Briyani (sp?), salmon, and risotto all look like they're worth a look...but with respect to whomever pulled this together?  As a regular sleeper passenger, you've just downsold me by $20/trip.

 

"miscellaneous seafood cake" = CAT FOOD!



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

I wonder what the staff has for dinner?

 

On the EB, I saw one of the SCA eating Macaroni and Cheese.  The food looked good.



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:53 PM

"miscellaneous seafood cake" = CAT FOOD!

Have you actually put any in your mouth, or are you just running off at the same?

 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:21 PM

 

"miscellaneous seafood cake" = CAT FOOD!

Have you actually put any in your mouth, or are you just running off at the same?

 

I HAVE had the crab cakes before' so retract your smart ass remark!



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:57 PM

In other words, “no, I haven’t had the seafood cake”.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:37 AM

The burger for lunch is almost $13 and is very average For that price you should have a choice of how you want it done. Way overpriced. Had the mussels yesterday. Just a bowl of mussels. Not even any bread or sides. Again at $14 overpriced. Unless I am in a sleeper I don't eat in the dining car,except for breakfast. Still more than what you would pay in a regular restaurant but decent.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:19 AM

You have unreasonable pricing expectations.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:03 AM

You have unreasonable pricing expectations.

 

Amtrak doesn't have to lower their prices to make people happy.  They can simply serve a burger that is actually worth $13.  Instead they sell a precooked frozen reheated hockey puck for $13. I've visited sports stadiums that did a better job of offering value for money than Amtrak's dining car.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:52 AM

Point taken.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

Not really. If you are going to pay $13 for a basic hamburger,ar least they could cook it to order. On the other hand the steak is delicious and is always done the way you like it. Of course prices will be higher on Amteak,but with the higher prices better quality is expected.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:35 PM

I think the breakfast and dinner choices are good, but there's nothing I like on the new lunch menu. I asked for the kids' menu items twice and was given them with no quarrel. The mac and cheese was blah (basic children's food out a box), but the hot dog was quite good.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:42 PM

 

You have unreasonable pricing expectations.

 

Amtrak doesn't have to lower their prices to make people happy.  They can simply serve a burger that is actually worth $13.  Instead they sell a precooked frozen reheated hockey puck for $13. I've visited sports stadiums that did a better job of offering value for money than Amtrak's dining car.

 

 

If a burger is worth $13, Amtrak will charge you at least $20. You're on a train and a captive audience. It's simple economics. Expecting good value for the price on a train is idiotic. Why should they? What are you going to do, take another company's train? Oh wait. Take Greyhound? Have their food. Oh wait.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:44 PM

I think the diner veggie burger is pretty good for the price. I can't speak for the regular burger.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

 

 

"miscellaneous seafood cake" = CAT FOOD!

Have you actually put any in your mouth, or are you just running off at the same?

 

I HAVE had the crab cakes before' so retract your smart ass remark!

 

Consider it done.  Glad to hear your assessment was based on actual tasting.  



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:11 PM

 

 

You have unreasonable pricing expectations.

 

Amtrak doesn't have to lower their prices to make people happy.  They can simply serve a burger that is actually worth $13.  Instead they sell a precooked frozen reheated hockey puck for $13. I've visited sports stadiums that did a better job of offering value for money than Amtrak's dining car.

 

 

If a burger is worth $13, Amtrak will charge you at least $20. You're on a train and a captive audience. It's simple economics. Expecting good value for the price on a train is idiotic. Why should they? What are you going to do, take another company's train? Oh wait. Take Greyhound? Have their food. Oh wait.

 

 

Except the burger arguably isn't worth an inflated $13. There's a lot of restaurants that sell a decent $6-$8 burger at a static location (Five Guys, Smashburger, etc.) The burger in the diner tastes pretty much the same as the burger in the cafe car, in my opinion. The cafe car burger is obviously a heat and eat, and if the diner car burger tastes the same...

 

And if the food is poor enough without options, people will drive, take the bus, or fly and not have to worry about on-board food. The number of people who will only take a train, while not zero, is quite small, and Amtrak isn't going to grow just with that truly captive audience. I don't think most people are expecting an amazing value for the money, but people want to be able to eat something more than heat-and-eat for their hamburger in a diner car that tries to push itself as a somewhat nice place to eat in.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:32 PM

I remember when the burger in the dining car was quite good. I was disappointed in the burger I had yesterday. Burger Kings Whopper tasted better at nine dollars less. As mentioned,if you are going to charge $13 for a hamburger in the dining car on Amtrak, a great dining experience,at least make the
burger one step above fast food
Judging by the burger I had yesterday it was on the same level as McDonalds,Burger King,Wendys,etc.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:44 PM

I remember when the burger in the dining car was quite good. I was disappointed in the burger I had yesterday. Burger Kings Whopper tasted better at nine dollars less. As mentioned,if you are going to charge $13 for a hamburger in the dining car on Amtrak, a great dining experience,at least make the
burger one step above fast food
Judging by the burger I had yesterday it was on the same level as McDonalds,Burger King,Wendys,etc.

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I may be easier to please.  The burger I had a lunch today in the dining car was perfectly fine, and much better than what one could get at a fast food restaurnt.  My tablemate thought the same.


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