If you check for CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! on the regular, then you know that on Monday, September 19, Yours Truly CCG went on down to the AMTRAK: ATLANTA - PEACHTREE STATION to board a train and ride the rails on down to his hometown of NEW ORLEANS.
The journey from Atlanta to New Orleans and back to Atlanta is a portion of the AMTRAK CRESCENT ROUTE, which begins at NEW YORK PENN STATION, ends at NEW ORLEANS UNION PASSENGER TERMINAL , and; then returns to NYC.
The CRESCENT LINE has two DAILY departures from Atlanta, at about 8:30 AM and PM EST.
Our Mon., Sep. 19, departure went off without a hitch or glitch. We left right on time, and for the greater part of our 11-hour trek, it was smooth sailing.
Amtrak provides two separate train cars with dining options. There is a DINING CAR, which IS a full-seevice on-board restaurant that takes reservations, and; a SNACK/LOUNGE CAR, which serves lighter fare, such as snacks, sandwiches, chips, sodas, etc.
The DINING CAR provides a FULL MENU of DAILY MEALS of BREAKFAST, LUNCH, and DINNER.
Breakfast is generally served 8:00 - 10:00 AM, Lunch 12 NOON - 3:00 PM, and Dinner 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
For breakfast, CCG selected the VEGETABLE OMELETTE With CHEESE, with ROASTED POTATOES, CROISSANT (photo above), and drank Iced Tea (Amtrak serves UNSWEETENED Tea).
The Vegetable Omellette is a steam-releasing fluffy bed of egg filled with well-cooked, yet; very mildly-seasoned onion, peppers, tomatoes, other veggies, and hot melted cheese.
The Roasted Potatoes are the Amtrak-traveler's version of Hashed Browns. However, they are fork-tender well-cooked andlightly-seasoned to the point of being slightly firm on the outside, yet; fork-flaky on the inside.
The Orange Slices are a part of the meal, and were cool and sweet. The Croissant was warm and flaky... NO BUTTER NEEDED.
Ya Boy prefers to not eat a succession of heavy meals while traveling, so; Lunch was snacks and juice from the Snack Car.
For DINNER, the BLACKBEAN And CORN VEGGIE BURGER w/ CHEESE, and KETTLE CHIPS (photo above)was the evening's selection.
The BLACKEN And CORN VEGGIE BURGER w/ CHEESE is a favorite Amtrak meal for CCG.
It is a firm, but, tender, well-seasoned vegetable patty, primarily made up of mashed blackens and corn, and topped with melted cheese. The traditional burger toppings of Lettuce, Tomato, and Red Onion are placed on the side. In place of french fries, you have kettle Chips, and a pickle spear on the side.
The topping are cool, crisp, and fresh. They are also generously cut so that CCG puts some on the burger, and has the remaining portion for a Side Salad.
Saturday, October 1, was the day of departure from The CRESCENT CITY to return to The ATL.
Again; departure at 7:30 AM EST was effortless.
The breakfast announcement was made right on time, so, 8:30 seemed to be a good time.
CCG went with the PANCAKE BREAKFAST (photo below).
The PANCAKE BREAKFAST consisted of three light-n-fluffy Pancakes, two Eggs (scrambled), and Roasted Potatoes. for an additional charge, you may add an order of meat.The APPLE MAPLE CHICKEN SAUSAGE was the joint.