One should only post in this thread if they are a long time customer of Cracker Barrel.
Do you get a snazzy arm band to wear while you play hall monitor?
There are times when going to a chain is the only practical option for travelers. I doubt that ANYone who posts here considers it the best option.
I personally never set foot in McDonalds, Arby's, Burger King, Sbarro, Panda Express, etc.
See, here's another thing that confuses me. It would seem that you view these particular chains as somehow less than other chains. If one frequents chain restaurants, in a pinch, let's say....does it matter that they only select from Restaurant X, Y, or Z, but not A, B, or C? I've eaten at all of the above-named places - in a pinch. You never know where you'll find an oasis after three flight delays over four time zones. Trust me - there are times when a Sbarro looks darn much like Totonno's and McDonald's could pass for the Beacon Drive-In.
But having said that, I am mystified why so many people are getting so angry about this discussion.
Who's angry? The only people in this thread that seem upset are those who came to a thread to defend Cracker Barrel to those who don't like it.
I guess for those who are lucky enough to live in places like Connecticut, with 135 Roadfood listings, the choice is to eat Roadfood, or not to eat at all. More power to them. But others may not have that option.
I have found wonderful "Roadfood" that was never "listed" or discussed on this site. It really isn't THAT hard. Where I live, there is exactly ONE Roadfood "listed" restaurant within 50 miles. If I just wanted to eat at places that were listed on this web site, I'd starve.
Besides that, there is no one here (even WJ) who is telling anyone else that they SHOULDN'T
eat in corporate, national, cookie-cutter, chain (so as to distinguish from the successful business owner who has opened a number of nearby locations) restaurants. There are just some of us who are confused as to why others would continue to come here and post about them - on a web site dedicated to smaller, locally-owner and operated, decisions-made-in-the-kitchen-not-in-the-boardroom kinds of places...and then wonder why posting such praise would garner any sort of backlash reactions?
There is, to my mind, value in the chains because it's part of all of our shared experiences, and just because some of us no longer wish to frequent Cracker Barrel, we shouldn't get upitty with our fellows who still enjoy the pancakes or whatever.
"Uppity?" This web site is the only place in the whole world where it is considered "uppity" to NOT want to go the Cheesecake Factory over a local restaurant. I can't count how many of my friends consider it a treat - a special occasion night - to go the Cheesecake Factory or the Melting Pot or some such. They don't understand why I DON'T want to go - but, I can't imagine a single one of them thinks that I am being "uppity" about things.
This web site did used to be about shared experiences. Now, I am pretty sure that the only experience we all share is that we use the Internet. And, to be clear, that's no great accomplishment. My four year old niece can do it.