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Amtrak Introduces New Café Car Menu Items on Select Trains

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Amtrak is introducing new items to Café Cars on trains within the Northeast Corridor, as well as long-distance services.

Café Cars are situated in the middle of each of these trains and serve as a snack bar of sorts, selling fresh sandwiches and salads, hot food, snacks, beverages, and more. Unlike some services that Amtrak offers where there is complimentary food, all items in the Café Car are for sale.

Let’s check out the newest offerings to the Café Car line-up.

New Menu Items

Amtrak is introducing several new items in the Café Car, including:

  • More hot meals
  • More snacks
  • New salads
  • New sandwiches
  • New lite bites
  • Vegan offerings
  • New non-alcoholic beverages

Here are some of the new or reduced-price breakfast items you’ll be able to purchase:

  • Bacon & Cheese Egg Bites for $4.50
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese Bialy for $6.00
  • Streusel Coffee Cake for $3.50

For lunch and dinner, there are new or reduced-price options as well:

  • Asian Noodle Bowl for $7.50
  • Blue Corn Veggie Tamale for $5.00
  • Cheese Stromboli With Marinara Sauce for $6.00
  • Fresh Greek Salad for $7.50
  • Fresh Vegetable Crudités With Hummus for $5.75
  • Ham, Swiss & Honey Mustard on a Pretzel roll for $7.50
  • Hippeas Vegan Nacho Puffs for $3.00
  • Turkey & Cheddar on a Multigrain Sub Roll for $7.50

A new, hot stromboli. Image Credit: Amtrak

There are also new drinks, too:

  • Cayman Jack Margarita for $7.50
  • Crafthouse Moscow Mule for $7.50
  • S. Pelligrino Sparkling Water for $3.50
  • Smart Water for $4.00
  • White Claw for $7.50

Bottom Line: Check out all of the new menu items and prices on Amtrak’s latest Café Car menu.


Amtrak is keeping most food prices on its menus the same and isn’t actually raising costs, something many passengers will be thrilled about considering the rising cost of goods. In fact, all sandwiches and salads will be decreasing in price between $0.50 and $1.50, so you’ll be able to purchase these options for cheaper than you can today.

Café Cars usually only accept credit or debit cards, as well as electronic payment methods, so be sure to have one of these (instead of cash) before you board.


The new Café Car menus are available in the Northeast Corridor on the Acela, Northeast Regional, Vermonter, and Ethan Allen Express, as well as all long-distance trains (trains that have one or more nights in overnight travel).

Hot Tip: For full dining car service on long-distance trains, check out our article on updated dining options on Amtrak long-distance and Acela trains.

Final Thoughts

A train trip can take several hours (or days) depending on where you’re traveling to, so it’s nice to have a Café Car stocked with fresh, new items that will help fill you up while you ride the rails. Amtrak’s new Café Car menu is a huge improvement over the old, stale menu, and it’s exciting that it will debut on so many routes.

About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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