Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland and has created a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.
Creations Befitting a Queen
Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Front Porch Café offers a wide variety of classic American favorites and can satisfy any craving, at any time, as it is open 24 hours. The River Grill & Bar serves up views as spectacular as the grilled fare and fresh salads and offers romantic, alfresco dining in the evenings. Should you be feeling peckish in the wee hours, you will find the Moonlight Supper in the Engine Room Bar offers surprising midnight delights.
Early Riser Coffee / Front Porch Café
Buffet Breakfast / J.M. White Dining Room
Traditional Breakfast Service / J.M. White Dining Room
Buffet Luncheon / J.M. White Dining Room
Traditional Luncheon / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Lunch / Front Porch Café
Traditional Dinner / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Dinner / Front Porch Café
SNACKS AND SANDWICHES
24-Hour Dining Service / Front Porch Café
Afternoon Ice Cream & Cookies / Front Porch Café
Elegant Southern Tea / Main Deck Lounge
The American Queen offers an array of delicious dining selections that cater to your dietary specifications. Our professional culinary staff is ready to meet your needs to ensure your vacation experience is thoroughly enjoyable. Whatever your dietary restrictions and preferences may be, our staff can assist you in finding the perfect course for your nutritional needs that will also be pleasing to your palate.
Here are some common requests we are happy to accommodate.
No additional salt will be added to any food item, although some foods have natural sodium in them.
Most of the menu items on the American Queen can be prepared gluten free. We prepare gluten free breads, pastas, soups, sauces, muffins, ice cream and other desserts using nutritious alternative ingredients like quinoa, a super grain.
Savory vegetarian options are available at every meal, like the Potato and Vegetable Curry with Chick Peas served with Jasmine Rice or the Saffron Risotto with Spinach and Pine Nuts. Fresh fruit or other vegetarian snacks are available in the Front Porch of America at all times.
The American Queen kitchen accommodates guests with many types of allergies. The Executive Chef will meet with you personally to discuss your particular food allergy and ensure your dining experience is safe and delicious throughout your voyage.
Steamboating on the American Queen offers an abundance of indulgent culinary selections, but those who are calorie-conscious will not miss out. We offer delicious low-calorie selections on every menu. Just look for the heart icon next to the item.
Here are some examples of low-calorie dinner options served in the stylish J.M. White Dining Room.
AQ Classic Starters
Marinated Blue Crab Meat with Asparagus-Dill Mousse
Smoked Wild Trout Canapé with Horseradish and Arugula
Cast Iron Style Vegetable Tower including Seared Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Cabbage topped with a Savory Tomato Sauce
Creole Vegetable Soup made with Tomato Broth, Roasted Yams, Turnips, Potatoes and Mustard Greens
Asparagus, Beet and Romaine Salad with Maytag Blue Cheese Gin Vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Catfish with Black-Eyed Pea Vinaigrette and Smoked Tomato Coulis
Seared Ahi Tuna with Fresh Arugula and Chilled Mango Salsa
Pan-Seared Duck Breast with a Currant and Orange Glaze with Saffron Rice Pilaf
When you, or your Travel Agent, submit your Guest Information Form, be sure to answer the question, “Do you have any special dietary needs?” This will ensure the onboard staff is prepared to meet your needs, providing an unforgettably enjoyable dining experience on the American Queen.