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2020-09-20 10:54:01 AM  
poor excuse for food, now with alcohol!
 
2020-09-20 11:12:37 AM  
I didn't know they didn't serve alcohol until recently when an attempt to order a beer at one ended with a very frosty: "Sir, this is a family restaurant" and I'm thinking "not my family..."
 
2020-09-20 11:37:55 AM  

Target Builder: I didn't know they didn't serve alcohol until recently when an attempt to order a beer at one ended with a very frosty: "Sir, this is a family restaurant" and I'm thinking "not my family..."


I could see drunk driving concerns in past decades for a brand that built itself on non-trucker long distance interstate traffic.
 
2020-09-20 11:55:48 AM  

ranchguy: poor excuse for food, now with alcohol!


I haven't been to one in a long time, but their breakfast food was pretty damn good.  Hokey decorations nonwithstanding, i can think of a lot of far worse places to get a breakfast plate.
 
2020-09-20 12:10:37 PM  
I'm not sure I trust a place that can't even boil vegetables correctly to make drinks on top of that.
 
2020-09-20 12:18:24 PM  
Revenue is down and alcohol sales are a reliable source of padding income in the restaurant industry.
 
2020-09-20 12:19:37 PM  
This should well
 
2020-09-20 12:20:04 PM  

johnny_vegas: This should well


Sigh, just Fark it.
 
2020-09-20 12:35:32 PM  

johnny_vegas: This should well


someone is enjoying a Cracker Barrel breakfast
 
2020-09-20 12:44:07 PM  

wildsnowllama: Revenue is down and alcohol sales are a reliable source of padding income in the restaurant industry.


They were experimenting this before COVID.

I think the biggest factor is they have a lot more competition from both the Applebee's type and the Chipotle type that often have alcohol (the latter usually being just bottles).  Cracker Barrel was the pioneer of going to interstate areas where the only choices were fast food, Waffle House, and seedy truck stops.  Those other restaurants have been moving in more recently, especially in the places that have gone from rural to exurb in the past couple of decades.
 
2020-09-20 12:46:20 PM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: johnny_vegas: This should well

someone is enjoying a Cracker Barrel breakfast


Take your funny
 
2020-09-20 12:53:34 PM  
I remember going to one with a friend some Sundays after a night of partying. This was in college. I remember Uncle Herschel's and Parliament Lights.
 
2020-09-20 1:14:44 PM  
Beer only at my store with a two drink limit.
 
2020-09-20 1:42:06 PM  
I can sure go for their chicken fried steak now.
 
2020-09-20 1:54:11 PM  
Honkey Bucket
 
2020-09-20 1:54:50 PM  
I like the little puzzles they have on the tables.
 
2020-09-20 3:38:03 PM  

phedex: ranchguy: poor excuse for food, now with alcohol!

I haven't been to one in a long time, but their breakfast food was pretty damn good.  Hokey decorations nonwithstanding, i can think of a lot of far worse places to get a breakfast plate.


Same.

Its been 15+ years at least since I've been, but their food never left me unhappy with the family's choice to stop there.

As an adult, road trips are about trying new places, not chains.
 
2020-09-20 3:54:26 PM  
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2020-09-20 4:53:17 PM  
I may have told this CSB before, but for those that missed it:

We had a visiting student visit a nearby lab at the U of Michigan.  He was from Italy and a decently nice guy.  Told him I'd drive him around if he wanted to see something, so he took me up on the offer and I took him to some places (he opted for the Kellogg's museum and Battle Creek, which wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever).  Anyway, we saw some sights, drove around, and at some point it gets to eating time and he asks me to take him to a place that serves good American food.  I kind of explained to him that there's not a whole lot of traditional American cuisine.  We are a nation of immigrants so a lot of our food is a bit of a mixture of other people's food.  But he kept on insisiting on eating traditonal American food.

Normally I would look for some local diner to at least give him the American atmophere if not the food, but this is Central Michigan on a Sunday.  Honestly, nothing exciting or tasty is open in Central Michigan to begin with, but on a Sunday, forget it.

So we're driving around looking for an open diner or something and I find a Cracker Barrell.  I tell him, well, this place serves food that a lot of Americans eat, but you wont' like it.  He insists, he wants to eat real American food and blah blah blah so I'm like fine, it's your trip.

So we get there, and he's asking the waitress for the most traditional dishes (LOL, I managed not to laugh).  He finally lands on what he wants to order and then the food arrives.

He literally took one bite, tasted it, looked down at his beige mess of a plate, and in a confused and somewhat pathetic voice, asked:

"why did you bring me here?"

It's my all-time favorite cracker barrel story.  I haven't been to one since then, I don't think.  That was maybe twenty years ago.

/CSB
 
2020-09-20 4:56:33 PM  

rga184: I may have told this CSB before, but for those that missed it:

We had a visiting student visit a nearby lab at the U of Michigan.  He was from Italy and a decently nice guy.  Told him I'd drive him around if he wanted to see something, so he took me up on the offer and I took him to some places (he opted for the Kellogg's museum and Battle Creek, which wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever).  Anyway, we saw some sights, drove around, and at some point it gets to eating time and he asks me to take him to a place that serves good American food.  I kind of explained to him that there's not a whole lot of traditional American cuisine.  We are a nation of immigrants so a lot of our food is a bit of a mixture of other people's food.  But he kept on insisiting on eating traditonal American food.

Normally I would look for some local diner to at least give him the American atmophere if not the food, but this is Central Michigan on a Sunday.  Honestly, nothing exciting or tasty is open in Central Michigan to begin with, but on a Sunday, forget it.

So we're driving around looking for an open diner or something and I find a Cracker Barrell.  I tell him, well, this place serves food that a lot of Americans eat, but you wont' like it.  He insists, he wants to eat real American food and blah blah blah so I'm like fine, it's your trip.

So we get there, and he's asking the waitress for the most traditional dishes (LOL, I managed not to laugh).  He finally lands on what he wants to order and then the food arrives.

He literally took one bite, tasted it, looked down at his beige mess of a plate, and in a confused and somewhat pathetic voice, asked:

"why did you bring me here?"

It's my all-time favorite cracker barrel story.  I haven't been to one since then, I don't think.  That was maybe twenty years ago.

/CSB


This story is garbage if you don't remember what he ordered.
 
2020-09-20 5:55:54 PM  
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2020-09-20 6:52:19 PM  

Smackledorfer: phedex: ranchguy: poor excuse for food, now with alcohol!

I haven't been to one in a long time, but their breakfast food was pretty damn good.  Hokey decorations nonwithstanding, i can think of a lot of far worse places to get a breakfast plate.

Same.

Its been 15+ years at least since I've been, but their food never left me unhappy with the family's choice to stop there.

As an adult, road trips are about trying new places, not chains.


Smackledorfer: This story is garbage if you don't remember what he ordered.


2002 or 2003, driving a moving truck from Jersey City to Miami, stopped midway in ?NC/SC/GA? and could have gone to Waffle House in the same truckstop, but no we "had to" try Cracker Barrel because exactly as you said why not try something new.

I literally do not remember what I ate, other than it was overpriced, overcooked, oversalted. there were electrical spools and actual-barrels everywhere! and those fake-puzzles on the table! the gift shop was insane! the waitress kept offering to sell us things off of our own table! THERE WERE CRACKERS EVER'WHAR!

and... yeah, I'm still glad I gave it a try, it was an experience. in its own oblique way, it was... ?classier? than the Ponderosa or Eat'n'Park of my Ohio childhood? not The Brown Derby, tho', that place was class as balls and lowkey full of freakin' mobsters. my hometown also had the very first Arby's in existence, so I got that goin' for me and all.

when I drove an entirely different moving truck back to NJ less than a year later, I stopped at South of the Border instead, 'least you could get drinks there! (eh I slept it off in the cab overnite and no-one bothered me.) also I think I bought some fireworks.
 
2020-09-20 6:55:25 PM  

phedex: ranchguy: poor excuse for food, now with alcohol!

I haven't been to one in a long time, but their breakfast food was pretty damn good.  Hokey decorations nonwithstanding, i can think of a lot of far worse places to get a breakfast plate.


It's literally impossible to screw up a Southern breakfast, FFS, even Waffle House can keep their shiat together long enough to put something edible on a (allegedly) clean plate. Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.
 
2020-09-20 7:04:36 PM  
Trocadero:  Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.

Ireland, ok.  Scotland, maybe.  Wales, not likely.  The Brits? hahahaha, no.
 
2020-09-20 7:08:42 PM  
I like their biscuits and gravy.

Fight me.
 
2020-09-20 7:08:46 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Trocadero:  Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.

Ireland, ok.  Scotland, maybe.  Wales, not likely.  The Brits? hahahaha, no.


Dude, if you've never had a pig's intestine full of coagulated blood slapped down in front of you at 7:00 AM when you've got a gin hangover, you've never lived.
 
2020-09-20 7:10:19 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Trocadero:  Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.

Ireland, ok.  Scotland, maybe.  Wales, not likely.  The Brits? hahahaha, no.


I mean... kedgeree in a silver tureen might not be my first second or third choice, but I'd eat it. and have.
 
2020-09-20 7:34:29 PM  

tintar: kedgeree


looks delicious

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2020-09-20 8:18:16 PM  

johnny_vegas: johnny_vegas: This should well

Sigh, just Fark it.


Your post must have had too many Cravker Barrel mimosas.
 
2020-09-20 8:22:32 PM  

kdawg7736: I can sure go for their chicken fried steak now.


Yessir.
With hashbrown casserole and greens.
 
2020-09-20 8:43:17 PM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: I'm not sure I trust a place that can't even boil vegetables correctly to make drinks on top of that.


Meh.  Open the can, pour into glass.
 
2020-09-20 9:14:06 PM  

Coach McGirk: kdawg7736: I can sure go for their chicken fried steak now.

Yessir.
With hashbrown casserole and greens.


Mashed potatoes and a veggie. I think I picked fried okra last time. It's been a couple of years, though.
 
2020-09-21 12:40:44 AM  

Smackledorfer: rga184: I may have told this CSB before, but for those that missed it:

We had a visiting student visit a nearby lab at the U of Michigan.  He was from Italy and a decently nice guy.  Told him I'd drive him around if he wanted to see something, so he took me up on the offer and I took him to some places (he opted for the Kellogg's museum and Battle Creek, which wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever).  Anyway, we saw some sights, drove around, and at some point it gets to eating time and he asks me to take him to a place that serves good American food.  I kind of explained to him that there's not a whole lot of traditional American cuisine.  We are a nation of immigrants so a lot of our food is a bit of a mixture of other people's food.  But he kept on insisiting on eating traditonal American food.

Normally I would look for some local diner to at least give him the American atmophere if not the food, but this is Central Michigan on a Sunday.  Honestly, nothing exciting or tasty is open in Central Michigan to begin with, but on a Sunday, forget it.

So we're driving around looking for an open diner or something and I find a Cracker Barrell.  I tell him, well, this place serves food that a lot of Americans eat, but you wont' like it.  He insists, he wants to eat real American food and blah blah blah so I'm like fine, it's your trip.

So we get there, and he's asking the waitress for the most traditional dishes (LOL, I managed not to laugh).  He finally lands on what he wants to order and then the food arrives.

He literally took one bite, tasted it, looked down at his beige mess of a plate, and in a confused and somewhat pathetic voice, asked:

"why did you bring me here?"

It's my all-time favorite cracker barrel story.  I haven't been to one since then, I don't think.  That was maybe twenty years ago.

/CSB

This story is garbage if you don't remember what he ordered.


Oh, I do.  It was I think some.aort of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, some green bean dish, maybe corn too.  But I'm pretty sure about the chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with gravy.
 
2020-09-21 1:17:02 AM  

jso2897: Zeb Hesselgresser: Trocadero:  Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.

Ireland, ok.  Scotland, maybe.  Wales, not likely.  The Brits? hahahaha, no.

Dude, if you've never had a pig's intestine full of coagulated blood slapped down in front of you at 7:00 AM when you've got a gin hangover, you've never lived.


Needs more beans.
 
2020-09-21 2:27:11 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Trocadero:  Hell, even the goddamn British can put together breakfast.

Ireland, ok.  Scotland, maybe.  Wales, not likely.  The Brits? hahahaha, no.


Twitch.
 
2020-09-21 7:51:18 AM  
Let me get this straight; you have a restaurant that caters to elderly rednecks, where they bring their trailer trash kids and grandkids, and you are adding alcohol?

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/Oh, I enjoy the food.  It isn't fancy, just tasty, but the other dinners....
 
2020-09-21 4:16:26 PM  

rga184: Smackledorfer: rga184: I may have told this CSB before, but for those that missed it:

We had a visiting student visit a nearby lab at the U of Michigan.  He was from Italy and a decently nice guy.  Told him I'd drive him around if he wanted to see something, so he took me up on the offer and I took him to some places (he opted for the Kellogg's museum and Battle Creek, which wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever).  Anyway, we saw some sights, drove around, and at some point it gets to eating time and he asks me to take him to a place that serves good American food.  I kind of explained to him that there's not a whole lot of traditional American cuisine.  We are a nation of immigrants so a lot of our food is a bit of a mixture of other people's food.  But he kept on insisiting on eating traditonal American food.

Normally I would look for some local diner to at least give him the American atmophere if not the food, but this is Central Michigan on a Sunday.  Honestly, nothing exciting or tasty is open in Central Michigan to begin with, but on a Sunday, forget it.

So we're driving around looking for an open diner or something and I find a Cracker Barrell.  I tell him, well, this place serves food that a lot of Americans eat, but you wont' like it.  He insists, he wants to eat real American food and blah blah blah so I'm like fine, it's your trip.

So we get there, and he's asking the waitress for the most traditional dishes (LOL, I managed not to laugh).  He finally lands on what he wants to order and then the food arrives.

He literally took one bite, tasted it, looked down at his beige mess of a plate, and in a confused and somewhat pathetic voice, asked:

"why did you bring me here?"

It's my all-time favorite cracker barrel story.  I haven't been to one since then, I don't think.  That was maybe twenty years ago.

/CSB

This story is garbage if you don't remember what he ordered.

Oh, I do.  It was I think some.aort of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, some green bean dish, maybe corn too.  But I'm pretty sure about the chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with gravy.


I find it hard to believe they messed up chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and gravy.

And those are both tasty.
 
2020-09-21 5:15:38 PM  

kdawg7736: I can sure go for their chicken fried steak now.


Here I am getting a little hungry and you bring that up....hmmmm.

I may have to call a local joint that makes incredible chicken fried steak.

<thinks about their utter lack of adhering to any Covid prevention measures>

Never mind.
 
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