Amtrak unveils new cafe car menu

WASHINGTON — Amtrak continues to step up its Northeast Corridor service, rolling out a new Corridor Cafe Menu on Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains.

You can still get a hot dog or a slice of pizza, but the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is larger and includes products from the Boar’s Head brand, and new snacks, drinks and sundries.

Most items are priced between $5 and $9. Here’s a look at the new Corridor Cafe menu, now available on all Northeast Corridor trains.

“The updated menu features premium sandwiches, salads and snacks, along with some gluten-free and vegan choices to enhance the overall Amtrak travel experience,” said Peter Wilander, Amtrak’s vice president of product development.

New additions include premium drinks such as Maker’s Mark and LaCroix sparkling water, and new snacks from Sahale Snacks and Sweet Street desserts.

Last year, Amtrak extended its partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts to serve its original coffee on board all Amtrak Northeast Regional trains, using the same equipment Dunkin’ Donuts stores use to brew.

Last month, Amtrak began offering assigned seating for customers booking first-class seats on Acela trains. It also recently announced interior upgrades to all Acela Express trains.

Amtrak’s longer-term upgrades include a $22.4 billion investment in new Acela trains expected to go into service by early 2021 and extensive renovations at Union Station.

Amtrak marked its 47th anniversary last month.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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