After complaining loudly and bitterly when the Star lost its dining car, I need to make amends. I took the Star both directions recently and took a chance on eating in the cafe car and was very pleasantly surprised. The food was surprisingly good, I was able to get a table each time (including when I met my friends on the way down and we spent time together in the cafe car), and the cafe attendants couldn't have been nicer or more professional. The menu was the same as the old menu on the NEC, but the same things that tasted awful on the NEC were good on the Star. I had the veggie burger for a late lunch the first day and the breakfast sandwich and a cinnamon roll the second day, all of which used to be the consistency of hockey pucks on the NEC but were just right on the Star. When I told the cafe staff that, they said it was because their food came out of Miami and was cooked with love! And there is more company than you might expect, in spite of not being formally seated with others--people end up talking to each other in the cafe car, and I ended up talking with a lot of the crew when they were on break in there. So I won't avoid the Star anymore--I would be happy going on either that or the Meteor.