New flex meal menu (10/06/21)

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I sure hope this isn’t their “fix” that’s been long talked about...
I’m assuming all of these are more or less the same level as previous options and not from the Acela vendor
 

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I sure hope this isn’t their “fix” that’s been long talked about...
I’m assuming all of these are more or less the same level as previous options and not from the Acela vendor
Well, it's an improvement for me since they took away the hard boiled eggs (2 or more menus ago) and the Chicken Fettuccini (garlic-alfredo cream sauce.) which was my favorite. I tried some of the others and did not like any of them. I will try the french toast (not something I normally eat) and the new beef one on my upcoming trip.
 
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Well, it's an improvement for me since the took away the hard boiled eggs (2 or more menus ago) and the Chicken ?Alfredo? (non-red sauce) which was my favorite. I tried some of the others and did not like any of them. I will try the french toast (not something I normally eat) and the new beef one on my upcoming trip.
Yeah, I'm a pancakes and waffles man myself, but I'll try French toast in a pinch. Better than packaged muffins or undercooked oatmeal, fer sure.
 

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Well, it's an improvement for me since the took away the hard boiled eggs (2 or more menus ago) and the Chicken ?Alfredo? (non-red sauce) which was my favorite. I tried some of the others and did not like any of them. I will try the french toast (not something I normally eat) and the new beef one on my upcoming trip.
Let me ask clarifying questions.
Which trains are offering this menu (just the normal east coast trains?), and how do these options compare with the traditional dining options of the same name?
 

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Breakfast looks like it will be an improvement, especially if they've had the common sense to offer PLAIN oatmeal, which they had not done previously.

Looks like little change on lunch/dinner. Still missing ingredients lists, which means I can't eat any of it. If they published the ingredients, some of that might be fine.
 

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Let me ask clarifying questions.
Which trains are offering this menu (just the normal east coast trains?), and how do these options compare with the traditional dining options of the same name?
All flex meal trains will have this menu starting tomorrow (or the 7th-probably depends on which station the train is originating from).
I have no idea how they compare - guess we'll find out in a day or two when they update the menus online. ;)
 

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Hooray for Railroad French Toast! (I hope it's not microwaved.)
Of course it's going to be microwaved.... :) Well, maybe if it's not too busy, they'll use the convection ovens, but of course it's all precooked packaged meals that are reheated.

I like the increase in variety. I won't be able to sample them, however, because I've already ordered the kosher meals.
 

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All flex meal trains will have this menu starting tomorrow (or the 7th-probably depends on which station the train is originating from).
I have no idea how they compare - guess we'll find out in a day or two when they update the menus online. ;)
Well, let me change my tune and get excited for once... I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt!😬
 

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Of course it's going to be microwaved.... :) Well, maybe if it's not too busy, they'll use the convection ovens, but of course it's all precooked packaged meals that are reheated.
No, I wasn't expecting it to be fresh-grilled, but in the case of bread products, reheated is usually far superior to microwaved.
 

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IMO, the new dinner menu doesn't appear to be much of an improvement over the previous one. The selections have shrunken. It is a disappointment. If we must eat fast food how about a Chicken pot pie, Open turkey sandwich with gravy & vegetables, Lobster Roll, Meatloaf or Seafood au gratin? You can get a far better meal at even a budget place like Panara Bread
 

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IMO, the new dinner menu doesn't appear to be much of an improvement over the previous one. The selections have shrunken. It is a disappointment. If we must eat fast food how about a Chicken pot pie, Open turkey sandwich with gravy & vegetables, Lobster Roll, Meatloaf or Seafood au gratin? You can get a far better meal at even a budget place like Panara Bread
Thankfully, for vegetarians and other diet restricted people, you aren’t in charge of the menu. 😂

well, we can wait and see what the new menu will be like. It could be an improvement in cooking and presentation.
 

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IMO, the new dinner menu doesn't appear to be much of an improvement over the previous one. The selections have shrunken. It is a disappointment. If we must eat fast food how about a Chicken pot pie, Open turkey sandwich with gravy & vegetables, Lobster Roll, Meatloaf or Seafood au gratin? You can get a far better meal at even a budget place like Panara Bread
Well, Panera isn't frozen food. ;)

Nobody has said it was meant as an improvement. My guess is they're tweaking the old menu based on feedback WHILE they get things ready for the upgrades that are coming late 2021 (for the Meteor, I believe), 1st Qtr 2022 (for the other trains).

As I said earlier, it IS an improvement for my picky tongue. There's actually some things I'll try.
 

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The omelet now comes with chicken sausage rather than a KIND bar or muffin. I would say that's an improvement for those of us trying to watch our carbs.

The beef now comes with mashed potatoes rather than polenta. I actually prefer polenta, but I think that I am in the minority.

I was hoping for something more Acela style, but this seems like it will be just a minor tweak to what they already offer. Hopefully I am proven wrong about that.
 

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There are some good sounding entrees. Looking at the beverage list, no more half bottles of wine? Is $8.50/glass a bit pricey for a glass of wine? I am not familiar with the quality of Barefoot Wines. Is that an improvement?
 

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especially if they've had the common sense to offer PLAIN oatmeal, which they had not done previously.
It says, "assorted cereals and oatmeal." I wouldn't hold your breath on plain oatmeal being one of the choices. My hunch is that the oatmeal selection will remain the same. We shall see...
 

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Looks like little change on lunch/dinner. Still missing ingredients lists, which means I can't eat any of it. If they published the ingredients, some of that might be fine.
I just spent a long time on the phone with Customer Relations regarding my food allergy and my upcoming trip. I am allergic to garlic and a while ago and very nice and resourceful CR agent performed research and determined that all of the flex meals contained garlic. I have now inquired (of another agent) whether the salmon flex meal contains garlic. I am doubtful whether I will hear back before my trip. It looks like I may need to bring food for 3 days on the train. I did mention that publishing the ingredients list would make passengers happy and also would avoid the necessity of calls to CR to ask about ingredients.
 

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Well for my LSL in October, I will likely be bringing my own food still. This really doesn’t convince me to change course.
 

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There are some good sounding entrees. Looking at the beverage list, no more half bottles of wine? Is $8.50/glass a bit pricey for a glass of wine? I am not familiar with the quality of Barefoot Wines. Is that an improvement?
Go to any grocery or liquor store and you can buy a four pack of those wines for 7 to 8 dollars. I always bring them with me.
 
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