BTW- I await my Dixie Crossroads T-Shirt- X-tra large please
Wow. I totally forgot about that. I think I bought it already and it is around the house somewhere. I will dig it out and bring with me to Nashville (since I don't think I am going to see you before then).
Grimaldi's, Stroud's and Louie Mueller's will all look like a welcome respite once I am sitting in the dining car - hoping for something edible. All of the train travel forums seem to have people speaking highly of the food, but they are train people, not necessarily food people. I am not expecting the steak to be of the same caliber as Peter Luger's, but I don't think I will starve, either.
I am taking the Capitol Limited (Washington-Chicago), California Zephyr (Chicago-Emeryville, CA), and Coast Starlight (LA-Seattle) for their entire lengths. My understanding is that both the Zephyr and the Coast Starlight have some of the most amazing scenery in the Amtrak system and most of the highlights are during the daytime. I will have my camera at the ready.
CK - I look forward to seeing you, as well, my friend!