Decorated with the original Empire Builder font, this menu is designed to warm the hearts of Great Northern rail fans. The front cover painting by Craig Thorpe illustrates the Great Northern heavyweight and dome-laden streamlined Empire Builders plus Amtrak’s own train. The back cover has a Winold Reiss Empire Builder menu as well as photos of dining car interiors on GN’s and Amtrak’s trains. The inside covers have more information about the history of the train.
Eight pages of menus are tied inside with a gold-tasseled string, and many of the items have Great Northern or Northwest names such as the “Western Star lunch” and the “Puget Sound Catch-of-the-Day” dinner. Behind the catchy names, however, the food is only a slight upgrade from the bad old days of the 1980s.