C&NW’s 1962 timetable showed the 400 leaving Chicago and Minneapolis at about 11 am and arriving at their opposite termini at about 7 pm, so there was time to serve both lunch and dinner in the diner. This 1964 dinner menu is sparse by 1950s dining car standards, but more extensive (and more expensive) than yesterday’s cafe menu.
The table d’hôte side offered a “special 400 steak dinner” for $5.50 (nearly $45 today), broiled fish or pork chops for $3.00 (about $24 today), and a Spanish omelet for $2.85. All came with soup or juice, potatoes and vegetable, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. The a la carte side offered corned beef hash with a poached egg, five sandwiches, a chicken salad, and various desserts and beverages.