Fact: I live in one county and work in another here in Southern California. The approxiate distance between my doorstep and the parking garage in Irvine is 88 miles. I could choose to drive but I take the train. I won’t go into how some days are worse than others, while other days it doesn’t bother me at all when I have a good book. Or discuss how much money I’m putting away by not living in Irvine or how some passengers don’t know common etiquette while on board a train. But I will discuss food options available.
Most days I usually pack myself a small breakfast and midmorning snack. Sometimes even lunch. Another option is eating on the train. Amtrak is the only line in the Southern California region that offers food onboard. Not Metrolink or the Coaster. The choices are unimpressive: chips, pizza, soda, coffee. I’ve seen people as early as 8 a.m. pass me with a hot cup of Ramen noodles in their hand. For the breakfast inspired, cereals are available as well as hot choices like several breakfast type sandwiches.
Hot sandwiches are misleading. If your immediate thought is that someone is behind the counter creating a specially made sandwich for you — wrong. One rushed morning, I bought a ham, egg and cheese muffin sandwich from the cafe. The person behind the counter simply popped into the microwave for several seconds to warm the package until steamy.
End result: a soggy sandwich. While the cheese was melty, every bite was a chewy mess. I’m gonna stick to my home packed banana and toast and enjoy the view.