Just traveled on Southwest Chief in sleeper section. Loved the Westbound trip to Flagstaff. Food was great, staff was charming. Eastbound trip, I should have brought our own food. They "ran out" of everything, even when we were in the first section to get seated for meal service. One time I was told all they had was hamburgers, no salad, nothing else to choose from. I went to the lounge car and ordered a frozen pizza. Totally unacceptable for any upgraded traveler to have to come to that.
Eat Here Now: Five Foodie Cities
Hungry? Head to these scrumptious spots in America's top foodie cities, as recently ranked by Conde Nast Traveler...
Newport, Rhode Island
This seafood sanctuary is a fishmonger’s heaven. Feel as happy as a clam after chowing down at the 78-year-old Flo’s Clam Shack -- or, opt for a more upscale and unique dining experience at the Spiced Pear, which serves wild burgundy escargot and nova scotia halibut.
Route: Northeast Regional
Deal: Save 25%
Charleston, South Carolina
There’s nothing ordinary about The Ordinary, a bank turned brasserie that serves local seafood with a twist, like pickled shrimp, snapper schnitzel, and crispy oysters with beef tartar. Yum!
Route: Silver Service / Palmetto
Deal: $80 ticket from Washington, D.C.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Grab some gumbo in this mean-cuisine city! From the eclectic flavors to the party vibe, you’ll have a blast in this tasty town. Try Toup’s Meatery for glutton-worthy Gulf shrimp and Cochon for some Cajun bites.
Deal: $147 ticket from Washington, D.C.
San Francisco, California
The culinary icon of California, San Fran is known for its mouthwatering, organic grub. So, indulge in farm-to-table fare at the popular Delfina Pizzeria, which serves oozing pizzas like the Salsiccia with house-made fennel sausage, tomato, bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella.
Route: San Joaquin
Deal: Earn a free Amtrak round-trip
You may know it as a coffee town, but this food haven is bustling with James Beard nominated chefs: Feast on fresh pasta at Ethan Stowell’s family-style restaurant, Tavolàta, or relish the scallop tartar at Renee Erickson’s The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Route: Amtrak Cascades
Deal: Book early, save 25%