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Cracker Barrel - Best bang for your buck?

jhopp217 Feb 4, 2012 12:08 AM

I'm not hear to discuss the taste of anything, I'm saying amount of well prepared food for the amount of money you spend. And yes, I think it's delicious.

A nice sized piece of country fried steak smothered in gravy.
Three sides - I went with fried okra, mashed potatoes and hash brown casserole.
Two homemade biscuits
An extra bowl of gravy
All for $9.95

I honestly don't think there is another chain that gives you a better deal for a hot sit down meal.

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    fourunder Feb 4, 2012 01:03 AM

    When traveling on trips....if there's a Cracker Barrel on the route during breakfast hours, the CFS is also my breakfast of choice....eggs included.

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      treb Feb 4, 2012 10:18 AM

      When I'm on the road and don't have any local recs, they're consistant and you'll never leave hungry.

      1. RetiredChef Feb 4, 2012 01:33 PM

        I have eaten at 3 different Cracker Barrels and I would not consider their food well prepared at all - therefore there was no relative value. And what I do remember was that their food was more expensive than say a greasy spoon diner where you would have gotten about the same quality.

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        1. re: RetiredChef
          libgirl2 Feb 5, 2012 10:08 AM

          When they first opened by me, the food was plentiful and quite tasty. After about a year, portion size went down, the food was overcooked, not a good value. I haven't gone back in years, the last time I couldn't cut the ham as it was overcooked and what little I was able to gnaw off was too salty.

        2. Boston_Otter Feb 6, 2012 05:35 AM

          The country fried steak is the gem at Cracker Barrel. I've had awful eggs, awful pancakes, and terrible sausage gravy there... not worth a dime. But the CFS is the best deal on the road.

          1. ipsedixit Feb 6, 2012 05:47 AM

            I'm not sure it's necessarily the "best bang for your buck" but if I am traveling and find myself at a Cracker Barrel, I wouldn't be too unhappy with their meatloaf dinner.

            That said, I'd much prefer Bob Evans if given the choice. They make a serious Chicken Fried Steak, and paired with a bowl of their sausage chili, I'm ready for my daily cardiac arrest.

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              diane2001v Feb 6, 2012 04:07 PM

              I had their grilled chicken salad once and at $6.49 you can't beat the enormous dish of romaine lettuce, generous amount of tomato wedges, onions, grilled chicken, Colby cheese (both shredded and a wedge of CB's cheese), egg, and homemade croutons. Also choice of dressing. I have found many other menu items to have really great prices for all that you get as well.

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              1. re: diane2001v
                Ditdah Feb 7, 2012 10:12 AM

                Actually, I like all of their salads, all of which (except maybe one) are the same salad with a different protein: Roasted turkey, bacon, grilled chicken, fried chicken, or the chef salad with (i think) ham, bacon, and turkey.

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                Jason1 Feb 7, 2012 09:11 AM

                I find that you just can't go wrong with Granpa's Country Fried breakast at any time of day. Country fried steak & gravy, eggs, fried apples, biscuits and grits. for somewhere around $7.50. ItI'm always pretty satisfied with it.

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