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Dining on Amtrak

Sleeping compartments are way too expensive, and even if meals had been included for me, that wouldn't have solved the basic problem I experienced--poor selection and server attitude.

Feb 13, 2013
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Dining on Amtrak

Anyone have a view on dining on Amtrak's long-distance trains? Rail dining has always been a special province, but the days when the staff was totally deferential seem to be gone.

That's fine, but recently for dinner on the Southwest Chief it bothered me in that not only was there an extremely limited and expensive menu, the fairly-priced special, meant in writing to be carried over from the lunch menu, was not available.

That didn't bother me as much as the fact that the waitress (or whatever the proper term is) offered not one word of explanation, let alone regret, and espoused an "our way or the highway" attitude. And she seemed to be put upon to refill the miniscule coffee and water containers.

I tipped accordingly.

Feb 12, 2013
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