A meal on Amtrak. Seems the company has put much effort into the meals it is serving up for passengers on overnight trains.
The Southwest Chief is just one of more than a dozen overnight Amtrak trains that serve 2.3 million meals in the dining car a year.. The Texas Eagle which passes through St. Louis does the same. The menu choices are not the basic meat and potatoes.
Amtrak Executive Chef Daniel Malzhan said they serve a variety of food. “Mahi mahi with a poblano sauce verde, Thai coconut curry noodle, a Dog Fish Head Ale braised turkey shank.
Not easy to do, cooking on a moving train. Each menu has about a half dozen selections. There are three different menus rotating on trains across the country at one time. And some of the dishes are truly inspired.
Here's a fun statistic:
Amtrak serves 2.3 million meals a year.
More than a quarter of a million 8 ounce Flat Iron Steaks are sold.
Bottled beer outsells canned beer by more than 4 to 1.
Customers purchase more than 1.2 million hot dogs and cheeseburgers and only 102 thousand salads.
The favorite breakfast item in the snack car is a Danish followed closely by the Cinnamon Raisin Bagel.
Makes me want to get on a train and head to somewhere.