Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

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Nov 24, 2009
Hillsborough, NJ
As we get ready to return to the rails in 2023, I must say the flex dining menu doesn't look that hot. A few years back on the Cardinal there was an abbreviated menu served in the "dinerlite" car. The food was similar to what was served on the traditional dining menu ( but no steaks) and were reheated meals in a convection oven. They were served on sturdy plastic plates that looked similar to Amtrak china. The presentation was nice, meals were decent, and even the breakfast omelets if not overheated were moist and tasty. The cafe car itself had a separate Chef/server that took care of the meals. I wish Amtrak would go back in this direction.