Sorry, I thought you were referring to US airline companies over the last 3-4 months not a few years ago. There were no meals served on Delta or American on my last flights in June in first class. A snack yes.Swiss Air is very good. I had some delicious meals on Saudi Arabian Airlines also, in coach class. Even AA in first was good. The presentation was done well. Delta first class was fabulous a few years ago. The cabin attendant couldn't have been more enthusiastic. He really liked his job. Food was very good and they served several very good wines. Amtrak, by comparison, treats first class paeengers like Greyhound passengers or worse.
Even 1 year ago! imagine 10 years from now we will be talking about the good days when you could order any drink and have it served in a real glass when flying. People will look at us as if we had said you used to be able to smoke in an airplane! Ha.Sorry, I thought you were referring to US airline companies over the last 3-4 months not a few years ago. There were no meals served on Delta or American on my last flights in June in first class. A snack yes.
Everything is upside down now. All sorts of businesses are using the virus as an excuse to reduce services.Even 1 year ago! imagine 10 years from now we will be talking about the good days when you could a drink served in a real glass when flying. People will look at us as if we had said you used to be able to smoke in an airplane! Ha.
But, IIRC, the rest of the offerings were real meat, the desserts better and they looked better than Amtrak's. As to the salt, that was the standard of the day - flavor it with salt. We know better today.I was thinking the red wine braised beef, but I now remember that it has polenta. But you get my point. A salisbury steak is not the same as real pieces of beef.
Are you sure? What does your dog say?But, IIRC, the rest of the offerings were real meat, the desserts better and they looked better than Amtrak's. As to the salt, that was the standard of the day - flavor it with salt. We know better today.
On the other hand, Amtrak's "breakfast" is perfect '70s food. No nutrition but 100% sugar. Overall, I'll go with the old garbage over the new but considering what's available today, Amtrak really comes in a poor forth place - Present, good frozen meals, old frozen meals, the stuff I put on the curb weekly, Amtrak "flex meals".
However, I will state that Amtrak's meals are much better than Alpo.
You know, Pop Tarts aren't all that bad.I've been wracking my brain trying to imagine what demographic would actually prefer the flex dining service food over what used to be served, when it hit me: pre-teens! My granddaughter would love a diet of sugary and salty simple carbs if it were up to her. Sweetened yogurt, muffins, sugary cereal--yup, that would be heaven to her and her friends. What a pity that six year olds book so few LD trains...
Where oh where is this discussion going? To eat that monotonous carcinogenic fat-sodium low quality food product containing zero texture and zero taste day after day while crossing the country definitely puts a d-e-n-t in the rail experience. So who exactly are the people who actually like this synthetic stuff??? I am confused and I don't get the argument that anyone would like that inedible stuff. Same quality as a frozen food product purchased at the dollar store for exactly $1.I realize that TV dinners were a big deal back in the 1950's but this is 2020 and I don't eat food that puts my health at risk unless it's worth the fat and calorie hit. That does not included generic precooked leftovers.
But did you ever get a chance to eat the Swanson fried chicken tv dinners? I must have been 6; but just loved them; and I do remember the tastes. I accepted the powdery potatoes because they were so yummy good with the taste of real butter. My respectful disagreement when comparing them to the flex meals.
So why doesn't Amtrak serve pop tarts for breakfast... They're really good! My gripe is that it's the consistently same breakfast nationwide with zero variety. So boring! I guess for some relief... B>Y>O>P>T... bring your own pop tarts!You know, Pop Tarts aren't all that bad.
Many of us on this forum are saying the exact same thing. Those drab little tasteless flex meals are not even a snack, let alone call them 'dining.' And after you've had a few yuk flexies they all 'tasteless' the same taste! Do they bring down the Amtrak experience??? You bet ya!I just find it hard to justify paying between 5 and 6 hundred dollars to travel in a roomette between Chicago and the West Coast with the flex dining. I wish Amtrak would adjust the pricing to reflect the downgrade in food. It will never happen.
I have been using a lot of my points for long trips. It doesn't seem as harsh. I did book two cross country circle trips using a points sale last month. One for last month and one for next month,which certainly made the purchase a lot more pleasant.
I 've mentioned this before,but I wish food from the cafe car and sandwiches were included as part of the sleeper fare just to have some variety! Why can't Amtrak do this?
My last few CZ trips, they said consistently that you can always get got water or coffee from your SCA or in the observation car.In the past it has been Amtrak policy that they will not heat your food or keep it cool. However, in the recent past, the cafe attendants have confirmed that they will provide hot water for your instant soup or tea. With covid, this may have changed.
I actually was enjoying the yogurt selections with the new flex breakfast. Skipped the muffin though.On the other hand, Amtrak's "breakfast" is perfect '70s food. No nutrition but 100% sugar.
I agree they should have this option, but the excuse is limited/lower quality refrigeration space.Agreed. There is no excuse for Amtrak to not have a decent quality entree salad on the menu.