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Cracker Barrel - Best bang for your buck?

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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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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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

          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. 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. 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.

            1. 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

                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.

              2. 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.