After a few years of bad food on plastic dinnerware, Amtrak announced that it would offer real china on the Coast Starlight and perhaps one or two other trains. Again, I forget exactly when this happened, but it was sometime in the mid-1980s.
As shown by the menu below, the food itself was pretty much unchanged from the 1985 menu presented yesterday. Printed on ordinary paper, the menu itself was even cheaper than yesterday’s, which was printed on glossy paper.
The breakfast and lunch menu selection was slightly greater than the 1985 menu, but the dinner selection was unchanged. All the changes really meant was that the food was just as inedible but it was service on slightly better plates.