Riding the Metrorail to work solves the stress of sitting in horrendous U.S. 1 traffic and searching for a parking spot, but the commute itself leaves plenty to be desired.
Without a food hall like the Brightline’s CentralFare or a dining car such as what you’d find on Amtrak, riders need to bring their own snacks and drinks for the trip. But that’s all about to change.
Starting today, the Miami-Dade Metrorail system begins deluxe dining services aboard its full fleet of trains. The new program, available from 7am to 7pm, features ready-made breakfast, lunch and dinner options made with ingredients by some well-known local purveyors, including bacon from Miami Smokers, bread from Zak the Baker and coffee from Per’La specialty roasters. Food will be available for purchase from kiosks positioned on the platforms as well as from roving carts on board. Selections will be limited to a few items, though breakfast will be served all day. A á-la-carte option is planned for the future.
And just in time for happy hour, the Metrorail introduces a cocktail car this Friday. Available on select routes, these souped-up train cars are fully operational bars run by tenders ready to take your drink orders, from craft cocktails and local beer to organic wines and hard water.
The convenience of buying breakfast and a cup of coffee on the train may do little to offset the pervasive traffic problems and public transportation issues affecting the city, but you try to complain with a mouth full of Salty Donut. Good food on board is enough to keep us quiet for a while.
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