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What's the food like on Amtrak?

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  1. Depends on the train. If there's a real dining car with a kitchen, it's about like an average hotel coffee shop. Otherwise, it's gross packaged stuff like a gas station convenience store.

      1. re: erikka

        If there's a real dining car, eating a meal in it can be fun, but not because the food's good.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I remember thinking it was absurdly expensive for what you got--I only had breakfast and it was something premade and reheated. And be careful if you go to the restaurant car--all that movement made drinking hot coffee very dangerous.

      2. The only thing close to edible are the cheese and crackers.

        Bring your own.

        1. Better than airline food?

          Like Robert said, it depends on the train. From a recent post it seems like the quality might be improving on some trains.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          From a few years ago my report and one by Chino Wayne ... the bad old days
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. With no dining car (just a club car) yes, horrid microwaved cellophane wrapped hamburgers, truly vile (on a long trip from Montreal to NYC, where we expected better, or we would have brought food with us from Montreal).

            A number of years ago (ten?) I had a terrific salmon dinner on a train from Seattle to Portland, in a real dining car. Almost lived up to what I remembered from the 60s taking Union Pacific across the country, in the days of white table cloths and so on.