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Dining on an Opulent Train

4 Photos Dining with Pullman
None 4 Photos Dining with Pullman
Imagine you own an American railway conglomerate. (If you already do, skip ahead.)

There’s a certain someone you really want to impress. But you’re not one to wave your railway conglomerates around. It’s just not the way you were raised.

So here’s what you do: take said person out to a nice dinner. If it happens to be on your personal dining car—oh, well, gee. You guess it is.

Until you get that railway, there’s this: Dining with Pullman, which restores the golden era of train travel, accepting reservations now for next weekend.

The people behind it own a Chicago-based railway concern and five Pullman cars restored to their original opulence. They plan to introduce sleepover routes to New York and New Orleans later this year. So consider this an amuse-bouche—or a belated Valentine’s Day date.

The three-hour round-trip excursion will head to stations unknown (well, actually, Gilman). You board at Union Station. Take a seat in either a traditional ’40s-era passenger car or the dome-roofed dining car. The chef from Prasino has created a four-course feast based on updates to original dining car menus: lamb chops, skirt steaks, wedge salad, baked apples... pickled watermelon rinds. (You can’t find good pickled watermelon rinds on trains these days.)

After dinner, order a whiskey in the club car and do your best Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

Beware of crop dusters on exiting.

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