March 25, 2023

Amtrak rebuilds its catering offer

Amtrak is rebuilding its onboard catering service post-covid with a focus on quality and freshness, and a broader range of options developed in response to passenger feedback.

Newest to the mix are hot meals, snacks, salads, sandwiches and light bites on Northeast Corridor and Long Distance trains, as well as increased vegan and non-alcoholic beverages.

Amtrak Vice President Operations & Customer Services Robert Jordan. “Making changes to our menu based on customer feedback reflects Amtrak’s commitment to enhancing their travel experience, as passengers know we are listening to their requests for improvement.”

He said at a time of rising costs, they had also been able to offer customers high-quality menu items at reduced prices.

Menu offerings include Bialy Egg Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Egg Bites, and Seasonal Fruit with Mango for breakfast; Smoked Turkey & Havarti Sandwich, Vegan Asian Noodle Bowl, and Blue Corn Vegan Tamale for lunch and Fresh Vegetable Crudites, Beef Jerky, and Pistachios for snacking, New beverages include Pomegranate Juice and new hot and iced coffee selections

The menu has been redesigned and all sandwiches and salads on all Acela and Northeast Regional trains have been cut in price.

The news follows Amtrak’s restoration of its traditional dining services the California ZephyrCoast StarlightEmpire BuilderSouthwest ChiefSunset Limited, and Texas Eagle where a redesigned menu featuring chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner has been offered since June. This includes selections for the kids, a new array of appetizers and a complimentary alcoholic drink with dinner and table service offered in the Dining Car with glassware, cutlery and white linen tablecloths. Ceramic dishware is set to debut later this year.