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2011/09/19 17:25:53 (permalink)

Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel

Both similar in ways, tend to be at interstate exits. Bob Evans has a more northern feel what with serving corn mush etc but these are two pretty similar restaurants. I tend to prefer Bob Evans as of now. We do regularly get coupons for Bob Evans which probably influences my thinking a bit. Of no country store in Bob Evans but they do sell a few food items and odds and ends. Any opinions?
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/19 18:33:44 (permalink)
    I have always felt like Bob Evans was maybe half a step above Denny's. In other words...meh. But then I also think their sausage is tasteless and greasy. Cracker Barrel, on the other hand, I like. Their food feels and tastes more like real food as opposed to something plastic and frozen.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/20 09:18:59 (permalink)
    I hadn't thought about it but you're right Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel do resemble each other. 
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/20 11:44:47 (permalink)
    We used to have 2 Bob Evan's in our local market, but they have long been shut down. My wife won't go to Cracker Barrel as she is not a fan of southern cooking. She could tolerate Bob Evan's, likely due to it's northern feel, she being from CT.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/20 15:10:21 (permalink)
    jajarino68

    We used to have 2 Bob Evan's in our local market, but they have long been shut down. My wife won't go to Cracker Barrel as she is not a fan of southern cooking. She could tolerate Bob Evan's, likely due to it's northern feel, she being from CT.

    Just get her some good NY style pizza and she will be happy as a clam.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/20 15:37:39 (permalink)
    Bob Evans vs. Cracker Barrel?  Reminds me of what my dad always said whenever Auburn played Tennessee: "I hope they both lose."
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/20 16:05:38 (permalink)
    Heartbreaksoup

    Bob Evans vs. Cracker Barrel?  Reminds me of what my dad always said whenever Auburn played Tennessee: "I hope they both lose."


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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 02:26:48 (permalink)
    In my opinion both truly awful restaurants. Its possible to eat an ok meal at either but I skip both every chance I can.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 09:32:08 (permalink)
    For me, Cracker Barrel.  Bob Evan's isn't bad for a chain and they have good mac n' cheese, but I prefer the atmosphere and food of Cracker Barrel.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 09:50:46 (permalink)
    I don't know. I had some very good sausage gravy and biscuits at Bob Evans recently. The coffee was a bit weak, though.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 17:00:17 (permalink)
    Is it at least a fight to the death?  ;)
     
    (Sorry couldn't resist.. )
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 17:27:45 (permalink)
    That's like asking, "Which do you like better - Polio or The Plague?"
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 19:56:29 (permalink)
    I find nothing wrong with Cracker Barrel as it's refreshing to have a simple meal every now and then.  I particularly like their veggie plate.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/21 23:33:55 (permalink)
    I don't like CB at all.I think their product is unbelievably bland and boring and nothing like the real southern cuisine.It will provide calories for nourishment and wont offend anybody.
    Now Bob Evans is a different story.I have talked about this before,and I have been happy with almost everything they served.My problem with them is their refusal to provide butter for french toast/pancakes.
    Waitress:And you sir?
    Me:I would like pancakes,but only if you have butter.
    Waitress:We have butter.
    Me:very good.
    Food arrives,with 3 packages of Land O' Lakes "Buttery Flavor Spread".
    Me: Ma'am,can I please have some butter as promised?
    Waitress: Here is butter.
    Me:No,that is not butter.
    Waitress:(looks at me like I am from Pluto) well thats all we have.
    Me:Manager please.
    Manager with funny bowtie comes over,says "Can i help you?"
    Me: Can I please have some butter sir?
    Manager: Here is butter.
    Me:No sir that is "buttery flavor spread",it is margarine.
    Manager:that is what we use here.
    Me:please cancel my check,thank you very much
    (To his credit,he had no problem with that and I walked out unnourished but no lighter in the wallet)
    Every time I tell this story somebody always says "The Bob Evans here always gives me  all the real butter I want." I say thee nay.
    Bob Evans "Down on the Farm" I think not.
    Its a pity because some of their stuff is pretty darn good.There aint no margarine "down on the farm"
     
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 00:02:13 (permalink)
    Billfish

    I don't like CB at all.I think their product is unbelievably bland and boring and nothing like the real southern cuisine.It will provide calories for nourishment and wont offend anybody.
    Now Bob Evans is a different story.I have talked about this before,and I have been happy with almost everything they served.My problem with them is their refusal to provide butter for french toast/pancakes.
    Waitress:And you sir?
    Me:I would like pancakes,but only if you have butter.
    Waitress:We have butter.
    Me:very good.
    Food arrives,with 3 packages of Land O' Lakes "Buttery Flavor Spread".
    Me: Ma'am,can I please have some butter as promised?
    Waitress: Here is butter.
    Me:No,that is not butter.
    Waitress:(looks at me like I am from Pluto) well thats all we have.
    Me:Manager please.
    Manager with funny bowtie comes over,says "Can i help you?"
    Me: Can I please have some butter sir?
    Manager: Here is butter.
    Me:No sir that is "buttery flavor spread",it is margarine.
    Manager:that is what we use here.
    Me:please cancel my check,thank you very much
    (To his credit,he had no problem with that and I walked out unnourished but no lighter in the wallet)
    Every time I tell this story somebody always says "The Bob Evans here always gives me  all the real butter I want." I say thee nay.
    Bob Evans "Down on the Farm" I think not.
    Its a pity because some of their stuff is pretty darn good.There aint no margarine "down on the farm"


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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 00:12:18 (permalink)
    My wife loves the chains, so in the interests of a peaceful relations I occasioanlly go without (voiced) complaint to Bob Evans or to Cracker Barrel.  She loves them both.
     
    I have a goto dish at each place
     
    at Bob Evans, the sausage gravy is pretty good, and it is best on The Country Biscuit Breakfast, which is a spit biscuit topped with a fried egg then sausage gravy (substitute it for the country gravy) then grated cheese (unnecessary) and sided with home fries (order them well done with onions).  A good meal for under 5 bucks, served anytime of the day.
     
    at Cracker Barrel, the veggie plate: hash brown casserole, double green beans, and fried apples.  With biscuits and blackberry jam please.   around 6 bucks.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 00:19:37 (permalink)
     Hey there Rabkin,could you please tell me what part of my verbatim post about Bob Evans and the butter I was promised and not delivered qualifies me as a "dick" ? I mean I am not ashamed of having one but i dont see any meanness or nastiness,only asking for what I was promised.We don't need this kind of nonsense here.Lets keep to the topic.
     
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 00:48:21 (permalink)
    if you are promised butter, you should get butter. I probably wouldn't have gone so far because I don't mind margarine but you were promised something that was not delivered and you exercised your rights as a customer.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 00:51:40 (permalink)
    I liked Bob Evans when I lived in Akron, Ohio 25 years ago. I didn't like Cracker Barrel  a few years ago when I tried it.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 06:24:48 (permalink)
    Billfish

     Hey there Rabkin,could you please tell me what part of my verbatim post about Bob Evans and the butter I was promised and not delivered qualifies me as a "dick" ? I mean I am not ashamed of having one but i dont see any meanness or nastiness,only asking for what I was promised.We don't need this kind of nonsense here.Lets keep to the topic.


     
    The problem is that you set them up for failure just for your own amusement. You know they dont have real butter, but yet you go through the process just so you can belittle the waitress and piss off the manager. Why dont you clarify yourself before all the bullsh1t even begins? 

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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 08:10:46 (permalink)
    I'm pretty sure Bob Evans has a choice of real butter or margarine.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 09:39:27 (permalink)
    I didn't know they didn't have butter,but I know there are places that don't.Thats why I went to the trouble to ask.
     
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 09:50:31 (permalink)
    I was always told they have real butter but you have to ask for it. 
     
    On their nutritional information page - condiments, there is a line for butter and a line for buttery taste spread. 
     
    http://www.bobevans.com/Menu/Nutritional-Information
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 13:40:08 (permalink)
    Billfish-I understand your dismay, I just dont think I would have gone so far as you did. Not every franchise carries everything that the nutritional says on the website. Its up to the discretion of the manager and the needs of the restaurant. I also agree that you should have clarified your request-like do you have real butter, not margarine?
    post edited by ann peeples - 2011/09/22 13:42:06
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 14:34:50 (permalink)
    Saw in the paper today a new Crack House is going in off I-74 in Crawfordsville.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 15:50:42 (permalink)
    Seems clear to me that Billfish asked for butter, not buttery-flavored margerine, thus no set-up happened. He stated specifically that he would have pancakes only if there was butter served with them. Asking for butter is pretty specific. It's not the same as asking for something that might taste sort of like butter.
     
    I did notice that when I got sausage gravy and biscuits recently at a Bob Evans near St. Clairsville, Ohio that the waitress brought butter, not flavored margerine.
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 16:33:29 (permalink)
    I think I would like to see a full blown trip report, with pictures, from both places before I make up my mind
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 16:54:30 (permalink)
    The only reason I am saying Bill should have been crystal clear is because in todays society, one needs to be very clear when speaking to be perfectly understood. Sad but true.My parents were older when they had me, so I grew up saying davenport for couch, and still use the term today.I still say icebox. I remember at the office, I used the term xerox machine to one of our younger workers, and she asked me what that was
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 17:21:25 (permalink)
    If I ask for real butter and I'm told that it is available it's what I would expect.  My order would be prefaced by my queery and possibly changed if it were not available.  I agree with Billfish.
     
    I've eaten at both contenders and I also enjoy the faux atmosphere at Crackerbarrel.  I'm a shopper so I like looking at all the never purchased junk Crackerbarrel offers while looking for a must have item never to be found.
     
    The eggs are great at both places.
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Bob Evans vs Cracker Barrel 2011/09/22 19:47:18 (permalink)
    mar52

    If I ask for real butter and I'm told that it is available it's what I would expect. 


     
    But Billfish didnt ask if they had real butter. The waitress probably thought it was a silly question as she's been giving people little packets of butter since she's worked there, not knowing if it was real butter, margerine, or whatever. I've never been one thats hung up on those types of things. I doubt I can tell the difference between butter, margerine, oleo, etc,,,and wouldnt care either way. I dont know, it just seems way over the top to me.

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