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Oct 25, 2006 12:14 PM

Cracker Barrel - why?

OK - I'll admit, I've only dined there once (forced to - had no choice) in some remote location in Tennessee a few years ago, but could someone please explain to me why there are huge lines and long wait times? I generally don't wait for any restaurant, there's always some place else, but what is this mass amount of humanity waiting for Cracker Barrel?

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  1. I wondered the same thing so my family pulled one up on the navigation system on a recent trip through New York I knew there was one outside of Albany. So I waited till we were relatively close to Albany and pulled up the nearest one and called and asked if they were outside of Albany. The person who answered didn't know and I herd her ask someone else if they were outside of Albany. Now Albany is the capital of the State of New York how many people in America don't know what major city they are near. When we got there as I remembered from the on time we had tried this restaurant before it had a full wall of windows over looking the city of Albany. We got there and were seated right away but the food took forever. We were all disappointed with our meals and we will not be stopping at another Cracker Barrel. Our previous meal was not very good either but it was a few years earlier before we had kids and we thought the kids would like the gift shop. Well the candy section of the gift shop was the highlight of the detour and perhaps that’s why they keep you waiting usually.

    1. I have no idea.

      This place is terrible.


      1. i like their buttermilk pancakes and the fact that they give you as much maple syrup as you want

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        1. re: ericalloyd

          Yeah, one time I walked out with like a half gallon of the stuff down my pants. They didn't say a word, just backed away slowly.

          Actually, some of their side dishes are pretty decent, particularly the greens. But most of the main courses are fair to lousy and going there just to wait and have sides makes about as much sense as going to a particular steakhouse for the creamed spinach and potatoes, even though the steaks suck.

        2. Dunno what you guys ordered when you were disappointed with your meals - the best thing is to not stray from anything brown or battered. The battered chicken livers with battered okra were just excellent, I thought.

          But then I've only eaten at Cracker Barrels in Oklahoma. Maybe there's a lot of variation between states.

          I think people like Cracker Barrel because it's hard to get that kind of food in that kind of environment. Maybe you want a huge platter of deep-fried, brown food but you don't want to go somewhere too trashy. I think that's why those awful chain Tex-Mex places thrive; because people don't necessarily want to go down to the taco cart with their whole family in tow.

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              1. re: frenetica

                They really are great and probably more of a southern thing. I had them for the first time when I was living in Florida years ago. Never saw them growing up in Brooklyn and haven't seen them since moving back up to the Northeast years ago. They sure aren't good for you, but for those of us who like chicken livers, they are quite the treat!

              2. re: Atahualpa

                I think he means deep-fried chicken livers, not the kind that are victims of domestic violence.

                1. re: Atahualpa

                  There's some other way to do chicken livers? :)

              3. I like their pancakes for breakfast with sausage, the hashbrown casserole and their grilled cheese for lunch.

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                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  I've only had breakfast there. I used to love the biscuits and gravy, but my most recent trip landed me some pretty stale biscuits and so so gravy. maybe it was a bad day, maybe i've grown up. But yes, the maple syrup is wonderful, as is anything they'll serve to put it on.