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(CNN)   So how did Cracker Barrel become a culture war battleground? IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME, FFS   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-08-07 9:13:15 AM  
Conservatives consider change of any kind a threat to their way of life.

This isn't rocket surgery, CNN.
 
2022-08-07 9:21:32 AM  
The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?
 
2022-08-07 9:28:29 AM  
Let's have a panel discussion with some neophyte Liberal, a Nazi, and someone who represent both sides.

I'm sure we can get to the bottom of this.
 
2022-08-07 9:29:52 AM  
I thought it became a "culture war battleground" when a few random Twitter morons posted a few utterly predictable screeds and then had their voices unnaturally amplified by gutter dwellers and shiat blogs looking for easy clickbait. Which then attracted the even larger bottom feeders with even larger shiat blogs, like CNN and Fox, who only actually care about clickbait anymore.
 
2022-08-07 9:37:49 AM  
When the wife and I used to drive to Florida for vacation, we'd stop at the Cracker Barrell near the Valdosta exit off of I-75 in South Georgia. I was generally quick, reliable, the food was consistent, and it gave us a nice break from the road. But it's just a restaurant with a tacky gift shop thrown in. It's not like it's some sort of cultural heritage site or something.

Now Buc-ee's on the other hand...
 
2022-08-07 9:56:26 AM  
WHERE NAME?
 
2022-08-07 10:00:31 AM  
I appreciate this headline.
 
2022-08-07 10:05:29 AM  

Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?


I lump Cracker Barrels in with stuff like McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts.  It's not great food, but if you're in an unfamiliar area, they offer consistently acceptable food.  Once you actually know an area well, you move on to just going to whatever local diner is decent.
 
2022-08-07 10:07:57 AM  
My brother, his son and I stopped at one in Oklahoma and I noticed that I was getting the stinkeye from folks at several tables. We're white and my nephew is Asian. Afterwards I realized that we could have been mistaken for a gay couple with an adopted son.

My local Cracker Barrel in MA. is fine, with the same diversity of staff and customers that I see in other local restaurants.
 
2022-08-07 10:08:49 AM  

Winterlight: When the wife and I used to drive to Florida for vacation, we'd stop at the Cracker Barrell near the Valdosta exit off of I-75 in South Georgia. I was generally quick, reliable, the food was consistent, and it gave us a nice break from the road. But it's just a restaurant with a tacky gift shop thrown in. It's not like it's some sort of cultural heritage site or something.

Now Buc-ee's on the other hand...


I tried to stop at the new(ish) Buc-cees in Calhoun GA on the aft of July 4 heading back up from Atl - could not get in the parking lot. every entrance around the property had a line of cars backed up out of the parking lot and 3-4 deep into the street
 
2022-08-07 10:22:39 AM  

Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?


A Republican.  Did you need to ask, you anti-onion reactionary?
 
2022-08-07 10:23:49 AM  

elvisaintdead: Winterlight: Now Buc-ee's on the other hand...

I tried to stop at the new(ish) Buc-cees in Calhoun GA on the aft of July 4 heading back up from Atl - could not get in the parking lot. every entrance around the property had a line of cars backed up out of the parking lot and 3-4 deep into the street


Best description I ever heard of Buc-ee's was "It's like Gatlinburg in a convenience store."

But damn, their brisket sandwiches are goooooood.
 
2022-08-07 10:24:48 AM  
My memories of Cracker Barrel from about a decade ago: the food wasn't great, but the gift shop was kind of neat.
 
2022-08-07 10:31:35 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I thought it became a "culture war battleground" when a few random Twitter morons posted a few utterly predictable screeds and then had their voices unnaturally amplified by gutter dwellers and shiat blogs looking for easy clickbait. Which then attracted the even larger bottom feeders with even larger shiat blogs, like CNN and Fox, who only actually care about clickbait anymore.


It became a "culture war battleground" in the 80s, when they said they don't hire gay people. When gay people boycotted (actually we would go in, order iced tea, and tie up the tables for hours at a time), and some straight people started saying, "who cares if they're gay, just give me my damn food", they then said it was a health issue because gay people carry parasites.  I haven't eaten there since.

It's like Chik-Fil-A - it's a Southern company that practices and promotes hateful shiat under cover of clean Christian wholesomeness.  But it's only a few queers, so no one gives a shiat.
 
2022-08-07 10:43:18 AM  
Cracker Barrel started selling beer and wine awhile back (I am sure they have some places where local licensing prevents it). Which I guess was fine. But meat substitutes? The horror.
 
2022-08-07 10:52:41 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?

A Republican.  Did you need to ask, you anti-onion reactionary?


Know who else liked onions?!

/Sorry
 
2022-08-07 11:13:44 AM  
I think they're okay.
Better than IHOP or Applebees, plus a knick knacks store.
 
2022-08-07 11:15:30 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: it's a Southern company that practices and promotes hateful shiat under cover of clean Christian wholesomeness.


You do realize that "under cover" means "hidden by", right?  Not "is a mathematical equality"
 
2022-08-07 11:39:36 AM  
Cracker Barrel has decent enough food, but nothing any better than IHOP or Dennys. The gift shop is incredibly tacky and crammed full of shiat that's especially annoying if they're crowded.

When Trump took over, the local one started displaying MAGA shiat, so haven't been back since.
 
2022-08-07 11:40:23 AM  
Which one?  The getting thing or the impossible meat?

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2022-08-07 11:41:19 AM  
Lotta salty crackers.
 
2022-08-07 11:44:08 AM  
I have a friend who was attending a sporting event in Phoenix in late January 2007. He made the mistake of eating at a Cracker Barrel beforehand and lasted until about halfway through the third quarter before the viral gastroenteritis forced him to the hospital.
 
2022-08-07 11:45:00 AM  
As I said in another thread about Cracker Barrel, the food is fine but it shouldn't take 30 minutes to get eggs, bacon, and sausage.
 
2022-08-07 11:45:13 AM  
"It's amazing the snowflakes here getting triggered by a meat alternative showing up on a menu. Y'all can still order regular meat, you know that right?"

And with that America goes off the rails even more over Cracker Barrel. I feel like someone should post on that Facebook thread how the regular meat will remain full meat from a new 100% American brand called Soylent Sausage or something.
 
2022-08-07 11:46:03 AM  
Having had their "Smoked Sausage Patties", the vegan option can only be an improvement.
 
2022-08-07 11:46:19 AM  
Yeah...and whatever happened to Sambo's and Hobo Joe's?
...Dukes of Hazard...Inky and the Mynah Bird...etc...

/s, everywhere is a Hobo Joe's now
 
2022-08-07 11:47:14 AM  
I once heard it said that Cracker Barrel is basically what white people from up north think southern cooking is supposed to be.
 
2022-08-07 11:47:26 AM  
They don't want vegetarians to have an option at "their" restaurant. They don't want vegetarians there at all. Hell, they don't want vegetarians to exist. Bigots think they're entitled to business spaces that cater to their bigotry and kick out everyone who isn't like them. And they eventually want to eliminate everyone who isn't like them.

This isn't about the sausage and anyone focusing on that is missing the point.
 
2022-08-07 11:47:52 AM  

Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?


Next to Cabela's.
Or any other giant sporting goods mega chain.
 
2022-08-07 11:48:19 AM  
Da fuq is a Cracker Barrel, anyway? Not the restaurant but the restaurant's namesake. Did people have barrels for of crackers at some point in history? Was it a southern thing?
 
2022-08-07 11:48:54 AM  

Spoticus66: Yeah...and whatever happened to Sambo's and Hobo Joe's?
...Dukes of Hazard...Inky and the Mynah Bird...etc...

/s, everywhere is a Hobo Joe's now


The original Sambo's is still around in Santa Barbara.
 
2022-08-07 11:48:59 AM  
Kancel Kulture Konservatives at it again.
 
2022-08-07 11:49:10 AM  

Spoticus66: Yeah...and whatever happened to Sambo's and Hobo Joe's?
...Dukes of Hazard...Inky and the Mynah Bird...etc...

/s, everywhere is a Hobo Joe's now


Bojangles is still hanging in there.
 
2022-08-07 11:49:36 AM  

Winterlight: When the wife and I used to drive to Florida for vacation, we'd stop at the Cracker Barrell near the Valdosta exit off of I-75 in South Georgia. I was generally quick, reliable, the food was consistent, and it gave us a nice break from the road. But it's just a restaurant with a tacky gift shop thrown in. It's not like it's some sort of cultural heritage site or something.

Now Buc-ee's on the other hand...


"...it was generally quick, reliable, the food was consistent"*

*
...with clean bathrooms

It is the same recipe that McDonald's perfected and which made them a staple of the Interstate.

Cracker Barrel is just a McDonalds alternative, with a gift shop instead of a drive-thru, and a different menu.
 
2022-08-07 11:49:52 AM  
First they came for the sausage, and I said nothing....

We must stop this tyrannical attack on our meat-based freedoms before it's too late!!
 
2022-08-07 11:50:05 AM  

Spartapuss: Da fuq is a Cracker Barrel, anyway? Not the restaurant but the restaurant's namesake. Did people have barrels for of crackers at some point in history? Was it a southern thing?


Yes, and yes.
https://www.southernliving.com/culture/where-did-cracker-barrel-get-its-name
 
2022-08-07 11:50:18 AM  
The last time I was in a Cracker Barrel, some sporty older tourist in shorts busted out a syringe and casually gave himself a shot in the thigh at the table right next to ours. I happened to be giving myself weekly chemo shots that made me sick. Seeing that old fool stick himself instantly triggered a huge wave of nausea that led to my probably being unwelcome at Cracker Barrel forever.
 
2022-08-07 11:50:18 AM  
I haven't been to a Cracker Barrel in like 15 years ago off of a highway. The food is acceptably standard.
The worst part is having to traverse the kitschy gift shop entrance room and those farking peg board games
 
2022-08-07 11:50:57 AM  
All I have to say is the biscuits and gravy there are good.
 
2022-08-07 11:51:02 AM  

Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?


No.
Yes.
No.
The worst kind because onion rings are good.
 
2022-08-07 11:51:26 AM  
TFA is hopelessly naïve.

EVERYTHING is a culture war issue, because Republican "culture" is now to opposed anything that Democrats like, no matter how common-sense it is.  And if something ISN'T a wedge issue, they'll just invent a make-believe Democratic stance on the issue so that they can oppose it.
 
2022-08-07 11:52:02 AM  

Maud Dib: Ker_Thwap: The only time I've been to Cracker Barrels was when I'd drive my elderly dad and his racist wife across country twice a year.  Cracker barrels are basically restrooms with gift shops, and apparently restaurants attached.  They're only found in close proximity to intersections of major highways and busy shopping areas.

Am I missing something?  These aren't beloved neighborhood Grandma's Kitchens.  They're just pit stops with fake folksy decor.  Do these people think Cracker Barrels are real?  Do jackbooted Vegan Stormtroopers march out and force their vegan sausages down their throats?

FFS, I hate onions, so I just don't order the onion rings.  What kind of authoritarian freak would I be if I spent my time worrying about the political ramifications of a crappy restaurant adding onion rings to the menu?

Next to Cabela's.
Or any other giant sporting goods mega chain.


Yep - the Cracker Barrell down the road from me in Allen, Texas is on the other side of the freeway from a Cabella's.

And Buc-ee's is the greatest gift to Texas interstate travel of the last 20 years. Brisket sandwiches, beef jerky, pork rinds...it's heaven.
 
2022-08-07 11:52:28 AM  
Why does anyone care if some portion of the population wants to be vegan? The less steak they eat, the more for me!
 
2022-08-07 11:52:44 AM  
It's basically a fine dining version of Waffle House. The food is not bad and it is priced very reasonable, which is probably why old people like it. Because it has rocking chairs & checker boards out front and its cheesy down-home "country store" corporate image, is probably why the rubes thinks it is built to cater only to them. Did not know about their bigoted past regarding the LGBT community. Which is probably why the rubes go apeshiat over anything they perceive as a holdout to their culture of hate might quit being hateful. Vegetable based protein sausage is a slippery slope to not hating the gays. Everything is a zero sum game to them.
 
2022-08-07 11:52:49 AM  

Garza and the Supermutants: My brother, his son and I stopped at one in Oklahoma and I noticed that I was getting the stinkeye from folks at several tables. We're white and my nephew is Asian. Afterwards I realized that we could have been mistaken for a gay couple with an adopted son.

My local Cracker Barrel in MA. is fine, with the same diversity of staff and customers that I see in other local restaurants.


Same here in CT.  Where else can you get country fried steak and passable biscuits.  I like the Sturbridge one better than East Windsor.  I don't like their politics, but for once or twice a year...
 
2022-08-07 11:53:23 AM  
Begun, the Cracker Barrel War has.
 
2022-08-07 11:53:44 AM  

NeoCortex42: Spartapuss: Da fuq is a Cracker Barrel, anyway? Not the restaurant but the restaurant's namesake. Did people have barrels for of crackers at some point in history? Was it a southern thing?

Yes, and yes.
https://www.southernliving.com/culture/where-did-cracker-barrel-get-its-name


Ah, neat. Thanks.
 
2022-08-07 11:53:47 AM  
This is just filler until the the war on Christmas starts later this fall.
 
2022-08-07 11:54:05 AM  

covalesj: Why does anyone care if some portion of the population wants to be vegan? The less steak they eat, the more for me!


As a wise Farker once said, if God did not intend for humans to eat cows, He would not have made them out of steak.
 
2022-08-07 11:55:45 AM  

Winterlight: elvisaintdead: Winterlight: Now Buc-ee's on the other hand...

I tried to stop at the new(ish) Buc-cees in Calhoun GA on the aft of July 4 heading back up from Atl - could not get in the parking lot. every entrance around the property had a line of cars backed up out of the parking lot and 3-4 deep into the street

Best description I ever heard of Buc-ee's was "It's like Gatlinburg in a convenience store."

But damn, their brisket sandwiches are goooooood.


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Today, I learned that electric oven cooked brisket is acceptable.
 
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