lordsigma12345 wrote: ↑Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:52 pm Had probably my best ever Amtrak meal on the Auto Train tonight - - flat iron steak with bourbon sauce and mashed potato - far better than the steak meal I had on the same train in 2019. I wonder if they have changed anything. The menu in general this trip is quite a step up over my last trip - while all other trains are dining “flexibly” it appears auto train may have received an improvement.Lord, sorry to learn your 53(15) is reported 78ML; I found on my twenty four voyages, that if you're not there by High Noon, "Arewethereyetitis" becomes quite endemic on board.
Flat Iron can be a very tasty cut of beef, and if properly prepared, its "toughness" when compared to a Rib Eye, can be overlooked. However, I cannot overlook the "Red or White" poured out of a milk carton into plasticware.
But much of why I do not intend to use Auto Train further is simply "dollars and cents". Between Chicago and Boca or Miami, "where I go down below", the net drive miles savings is about 400 - and no time savings whatever. $900 or thereabouts is simply too much to save 400 miles, a Dinner, and a "three star" (Hampton, Express, or Fairfield - my standard for an overnight) hotel. Cost estimate for the latter is about $320.