I went with my daughters; both in their twenties and my mother who’s in her seventies and we all enjoyed it although the older daughter wished her food was warmer. He also got a little ill when the train started off but she was facing backwards and once they took off in the direction she was facing she was fine. I must mention that another woman was ill as well, it seemed that she might have been suffering from train sickness if you will though the staff was giving a friend of hers tips on how to overcome it.
The trip is not fast, it goes about ten miles per hour and it is not actually scenic. You pass some interesting sites that are listed on a booklet on the table and perhaps the most enjoyable for both passengers and onlookers is going through peoples back and front yards. There was actually a lady in an long white apron, a glass of wine in one hand and waving with her free hand while standing in the back door of her house. Kids on the street, in cars, grown ups everywhere, all waving. It was rather fun.
The food was fine, had the chicken entrée, there are only three choices which you must choose from before the trip, prime rib, salmon and chicken breast in white wine sauce. I tried the salmon which my youngest ordered and it was tasty. First though I started with a drink from the bar as I got there about 30 minutes early. You may arrive up to two hours early actually and I suppose if you want to get your money’s worth it might behoove you to do so as it is a nice experience just sitting in the old fashioned dining car or in the bar car chatting with friends and enjoying a bottle of wine. You can run a tab as well as purchase soda pop in the bar. Water and ice tea come with the meal.
And back to the meal! You start with crudités then rolls with a large wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing that they serve with bits of blue cheese and or bacon pieces that you can add. We all found it quite tasty much to our surprise when we added the blue cheese. There’s almost a meal for each hour. Dessert was okay, both my mother and I had the chocolate cream pie and would not order it again but my daughters opted for plain cheesecake and enjoyed that very much. They had several types of cheesecake to choose from as well.
There were only two things my family didn’t like. At first it was incredibly loud, as if no one knew they had an inside voice but we finally adjusted and though we had to shout to be heard sometimes we could at least communicate. My mother absolutely hated the noise. Secondly, my oldest daughter and my mother both thought we were being ignored by the servers. My youngest and I didn’t notice but it upset the other two a bit. I took them at their word and the tip did reflect that to some degree.
It was a great mixed crowd, whites, minorities (we were in this group), older people and younger people, even an under twelve year old child and the age limit is twelve. Ultimately it was a fun experience with pleasant servers, in my opinion, and quite a nostalgic trip for my mother and I who had ridden trains back in the “olden days” and I highly recommend it at least once.
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