The Dinner Train is a treat. It is truly a ride to nowhere but a delight in getting there and back. Slow paced, quiet with great scenery especially on our fall evening. So quiet in fact that I would strongly urge that you bring someone with you that you know will keep the conversation going---but quietly. If your table of four doesn't actively converse, you will be listening to your across-the-aisle neighbors debating the deficiencies of Pebble Beach as a golf course or the relative merits of President Obama and the Mittster. If you don't mind inevitable eavesdropping and can resist actively participating in the conversation, bring three non-talkers and learn something. Diners are warned about keeping voices low and this was universally observed, just remember that quarters are close and things can be heard easily. Chose another place to confess infidelities or religious conversions.
Truly the experience is complete and excellent. The decor, attitude of servers and food selection is on a par with the best fixed place restaurants. Without doubt the crabcakes were the best I have ever had. The tomato bisque was fresh, tasty and the correct temperature. I had the chicken cordon bleu which was a mite dry. This is more a function of the fact that chicken doesn't hold well but the sides were wonderful. My spouse had the stuffed haddock which couldn't have been better. The stuffing was dark, rich and flavorful. Similarly the tuna was done right.
We opted for the dome. The bump in price was small and sitting higher always has its advantages, one of which was we were closer to the bar and our servers didn't have so far to go. The entire staff on board really seemed happy to be with us, knowledgable and excellent at what they did. It is a special occasion. Hike the mountains during the early to mid-day, shower, put on a nice pair of pants, a collared shirt and sweater and get transported back in time. Leave the cell phone underneath the seat and put the camera on the table.
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