Their breakfast food is decent. I like their egg sandwich on sourdough. The hashbrown casserole is pretty good. As far as their lunch/dinner menu I have only been twice for lunch/dinner and many years ago so I won't comment on that. Service is always decent and prices are definitely reasonable. I would never "seek them out" for a meal but I'm on the road and it's an option, I'll eat there.
they are in Arizona and Utah don't know about Cal. I have had breakfast there and lunch. it is interesting you usually have to walk thru the gift shop to get to the restaurant. Food is predictable and ok but as said earlier not something I go out of my way but also don't avoid
No thanks! not for me! I will go to Waffle House before Cracker Barrel. Then again, I really like Waffle House!
I will say the food is fine, its not the food. It is the atmosphere that drives me away. It looks like a disaster! It's hard to navigate to the host or hostess. You have to walk thru a very cluttered store to get there. The same registers are used for people paying for their meal as well as buying the items in the store. Also, there can be a wait... I think they like to make you wait so you wonder around and buy the junk in the store... lol.
I never go by my choice.
I agree with you about the cluttered store, which I detest especially when crowded. But there is one immediately behind the CY where I'm staying, so it's convenient. Really like their vegetable plate. Four vegetables, including salad, for about $10. That's hard to beat. The CY Bistro can't beat it, for certain. I think their breakfasts are too expensive, however. After a long day at work, I'll sip a glass of wine in my CY room and then head up to the CB about 1 or 2 times/week.
Breakfast - mostly because they have grits and biscuits to go with the eggs and bacon. A treat, since not many places in PA serve grits and even less have decent biscuits. I grew in down south and like to treat myself OCCASIONALLY. Not something you can eat daily, if you want to see what the 80's and 90's look like. :-)
When on a road trip, I'd choose a Cracker Barrel over any fast food place, that's for sure. Although it's a chain restaurant and the food is predictable, it isn't horrible. Breakfast is good, I love the fact that you can get REAL maple syrup. Wouldn't touch the fake stuff if you paid me.
When we previously took family driving vacations, we frequently stopped at Cracker Barrels for breakfast or an occasional dinner. They had many convenient locations at highway exits in the south. We found breakfasts to be very good and relatively fast (unless lines outside). Pancakes, eggs, turkey sausage, and biscuits were very good and they served little bottle of real maple syrup. Prices were comparable to Denny's or IHOP, and we found the food and service to be better. It was also a good alternative to all the fast food restaurants along the highway for a quick dinner. They at least had vegetables with dinner, so that was a bonus when you want your kids to have something besides fries.
Now that are kids are adults and we fly more than drive, we haven't been to one for a while. I think their breakfasts have gotten rather expensive, so I try to find hotels with breakfast included. They are a better alternative than fast food, and more convenient than Boston Market (which seem to have disappeared). Breakfasts are the best meal, but I did like the chicken breast or pulled pork dinners with country style green beans. Service was better than most casual dining restaurants.
awalt, good to know re grapefruit juice. I recently tried to order that at a breakfast place in Orlando, and they didn't have it. I guess Florida citrus means only orange juice! Maybe all the retired folk are all on meds there are incompatible with grapefruit juice. I've heard that's a thing.
We sometimes stop at Cracker Barrel as it has stuff the kids will eat. For fast, reasonably priced sit-down road trip dining, we prefer Bob Evans, though. Both Cracker Barrel and Bob Evans seem to be a Midwest/South thing. I suppose comparable places would be IHOP, Denny's or Perkins. Sadly enough, I have eaten at both IHOP and Denny's in Waikiki. Because: kids. Best gas stations for road trippin' are Sheetz (in Appalachia/Mid-Atlantic states), not that you asked
I am surprised by the comments on this thread!
Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite places! I will, and have, waited an hour for a table. I think my love comes from a few things:
a) Breakfast is my favorite meal and they serve it all day
b) I spent many years living in Florida and they have a lot of chains down there, so you gain an appreciation for the consistency.
c) Chicken fried chicken. Need I say more?
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psudad is right though. NOT an every day indulgence if you want to remain svelte.
You know KatieC that you are right. When my kids were growing up I tortured them by wanting to go to the cracker barrel on road tours (it was cheap and fast). Now I am jaded, but it has nothing to do with Cracker Barrel, but that I have moved away from that kind of food. My grandson loves the place and now will not let us go past it on the interstates. I take back my earlier somewhat negative comment; for people not worried about blood pressure and other things it is a great place. The Sunday special of double fried chicken breasts was the best I ever had.
Unfortunately, both my wife and I have high blood pressure and as a result have to watch our salt intake. We both grew up in homes where our mothers had high bp and used very little salt and so we are not used to much salt in our food. Hence , my compalaints about the salt at Cracker Barrel. I really do enjoy the WH. Nobody does fried potatoes like they do and you can get decent fried eggs as well as good waffles. Their coffee is not bad, either!
But you know what? I've eaten there (as well as other "southuhn" cookin' places) since my kids moved to Tennessee, and I honestly can't remember what I had, but I'm pretty sure it was two eggs sunny side up, whole wheat toast and country potatoes, because no matter what breakfast house I go to anywhere in the country, and regardless of what's on or off the menu, that's what I always ask for. And what I always get. It's pretty hard to screw up a couple of eggs and some toast. I just go light on the potatoes.
Have to admit I'm pretty biased on this one. When I look at people at CB I notice an awful lot who are obese, which hints it might not be the healthiest food. So when I each there I try to eat salads.
And unfortunately many Waffle Houses seem to cater to people having incomes only slightly above homeless. Only go there in emergencies (such as middle of night while my wife was in surgery).
Why I like Cracker Barrel: Because these 'littles' crack me up.
Starts out playing nice
Cady knows her brother and correctly interprets the gleam in his eye
Cody goes in for the grab, as big sister tries to protect her checker pieces
Cody, give it back! Take it out of your mouth, Cody!
Cody, take it out of your mouth and give it to me!
And so it goes, between a brother and a big sister at Cracker Barrel. Good times. Sometimes it's not always about the food.
I've never been to a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I've always associated Cracker Barrel with the elderly (who eat lunch as dinner), the holy rollers, and families with screaming kids. Maybe I'm wrong......just not my kind of place.
The Waffle House has a storied past of drug busts and illicit activity. The latest google search (Waffle House drug busts) has a man dressed as a clown smoking meth in the Waffle House. Hahaha. Man.....it's tough being a clown with late night munchies I guess. I'll pass on the Waffle House Restaurants.
The clown incident happened ~4:00 AM in the downtown WH right here in the Classic City of Athens, G-A. If you'd ever been in downtown Athens after 2 AM, when Athens' bars and clubs start emptying out, a clown smoking meth in the men's room wouldn't be all that surprising.
From the Athens Banner-Herald:
"When officers arrived, they learned the suspect was in a locked restroom, and after the Waffle House employee unlocked the door, officers encountered 25-year-old Jacob Worthington inside...Officers escorted Worthington out into the dining area where he admitted ownership of a bowl with residue that was on the counter...Worthington was then searched, and officers found LSD wrapped in foil and rolling papers...his book bag contained a jar of mushrooms, a jar of pot, a digital scale and a gold keepsake box that held some more pot and an unidentified white powder."
And then the kicker:
"The red-headed suspect was said in the report to be a resident of Gainesville, Georgia. A 2009 Gainesville Times story featured Worthington, then a member of the U.S. Army's 310 Psychological Operations Company."
More about Athens and its nightlife:
Party on, Clowndude!
foxglove, what is on that plate in the article right above the fried chicken blurb, there does not seem to be any meat.
In the south, I usually go to Waffle House at 8 am for eggs and grits (cant get those in Toronto) and those funny little sausage (cant get those here either). It is a great place, I have never had a bad experience.
Technically, butter beans are either a small variety of limas or a larger lima bean variety picked before full maturity (and before gettin' pasty).
From the B-52s 1983 album Whammy:
Yeah, if you go down to Athens, G-A
And you're driving in your car
You won't get very far before
You hear people shoutin' out!
What they say?
Gramps and grannies, kids in their teens
Junkyard dogs and campus queens
Yeah, everybody likes butter beans
Pass me plate full, I'll be grateful!
1-2 -- 1-2-3-4
Pick 'em, hull 'em, put on the steam
That's how we fix butter beans!
You are missing out on Cracker Barrel, wesleywc! I don't fit any of the categories you mention (I don't think!) and I love it. It is not comparable to Waffle House. TOTALLY different vibe.
Bill Clinton used to sneak out of the White House to satisfy his late night munchies at McDonalds in DC. Despite this I'm still a McDeaths fan on occasion.
I can picture it now......blue haired lady Cracker Barrel patrons dancing and grinding around to Talyor Swifts, "Shake it Off".....no thanks for the mental image.
I remember Bill's visit to Mickey D as shown on SNL. One of their all time great bits. If you haven't seen it click here!
Ate at the Spring Hill Us 19 location last night, ordered Rib-eye steak and sides. It was actually pretty good and Love the variety of bottle soda's. Salad was crisp and fresh and the sweet potato was amazing. I even ordered dessert, which I never do and it was a coke chocolate cake and side of vanilla ice cream...