Certainly time for breakfast southbound before Atlanta. I've several times boarded the Crescent southbound at Toccoa (two hours from Atlanta), and even if the train's on time can generally go get breakfast shortly after settling in on the train. Do allow plenty of time between scheduled arrival in Atlanta and your flight. The Crescent has typically been more likely to be late, and generally much later northbound at Atlanta than southbound, but delays of an hour or more southbound are not uncommon.I'm almost tempted to try to do an Atlanta trip on Crescent before September 30, as I'd never ridden that route before. And also, due to the fact it'd allow me to have a dining meal (s) while on the Crescent at least once.
My question is if I'm traveling south on #19(this question is for those MORE familiar with regular train operations on Crescent, and have ridden it a LOT), is the first serving time for breakfast early enough so that one could get a meal in, before arriving in Atlanta? Due to my work schedule IF I go through with this trip, I would ride the Cardinal to Crescent (transfer in Charlottesville, VA), then fly back one way from Atlanta's airport to Chicago. Yay for the fact one way flights from Atlanta back to Chicago, look pretty affordable ($80ish).