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2011/07/17 19:29:54 (permalink)

I'm done with Cracker Barrel

At least for the country fried steak. This thing is just a hockey puck now. I guess it's just a frozen prebreaded patty that's heated up when you order. It certainly wasn't like that several years back. I still like the veggies, had turnip greens, mashed potatoes and pintos. Still like the cornbread and biscuits. Unfortunately all three of us had the country fried steak so we don't know if anything would've been better. They are currently featuring Texas Brisket and bbq chicken and I think I would have been better off trying that though I can't imagine them doing Texas brisket right.
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    Greymo
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/17 19:48:02 (permalink)

    Well, I  cannot make a really good biscuit to save my life  but  the biscuit that I had  last week in  PA  at a Cracker Barrel was so dreadful  that it made mine  look awesome.

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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/17 19:58:33 (permalink)
    The best biscuits I can make come from a "Grands" can. Cracker Barrel probably bakes theirs fresh. I only had 1/2 a biscuit but ate almost all the corn bread.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/17 20:30:05 (permalink)
    I have only eaten at Cracker Barrel once, but I had a fairly decent breakfaet.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/17 20:59:41 (permalink)
    ces1948

    The best biscuits I can make come from a "Grands" can. Cracker Barrel probably bakes theirs fresh. I only had 1/2 a biscuit but ate almost all the corn bread.

    The only "tubey" biscuits I find palatable are made by the Immaculate Baking Company .  No nasty chemicals and actual buttermilk instead of artificial flavors.  Whole Foods sells them, along with Fresh Market.  Trader Joes Brand biscuits, I am convinced, are just the same brand relabeled.
     
    I find most tube biscuits pretty vile, these are not bad, especially piping hot
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/17 22:27:02 (permalink)
    I am really disappointed in my last few experiences with Cracker Barrel. Maybe it's because we live in Florida now and most of the good experiences were in Tennessee. Or maybe the whole chain is going down the tubes.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 18:36:28 (permalink)
    I do think there are some variations from Cracker Barrel to Cracker Barrel.  I had a very good meal in April at one in Northwest Indianapolis.  I had driven in from the airport, and had  arrived at my destination with an hour to spare, and hadn't had lunch, and there was a CB  nearby, so I thought, why not?   I had fried chicken livers which were fine; I thought the biscuits were not bad -- they were the sort of thick, damp kind, as opposed to the drier, flakier kind; and I enjoyed the greens. The carrots, however, were those miniature ones, and I didn't like them much.
     
    If I eat at a CB every four years, that's as often as it happens.  Of course true Roadfood is preferable, but it hard to find authentic southern-style food up here in the Great Frozen North.
     
    I will not use canned biscuits for anything.  Biscuits are just too simple to make yourself to justify using those awful things, IMHO.
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 18:39:48 (permalink)
    Yes, the food quality can vary from location to location.  Their fried cod on Fridays really rocks, though. 
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 19:05:17 (permalink)
    rumaki

    I will not use canned biscuits for anything.  Biscuits are just too simple to make yourself to justify using those awful things, IMHO.


    Unless you are yeast-inept. I can make baking powder biscuits all day long, but the only way I'm going to get biscuits that actually rise is if I buy Grands. I'm OK with that.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 19:17:05 (permalink)
    Re: Biscuits
    I used a mix; for the last few years that mix has been Hodgson Mill's Insta-Bake; the biscuits come out fine and I like the whole wheat flavor (I use it as a fried chicken coating, too, with my own seasonings added).
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 22:07:33 (permalink)
    I was done with Cracker Barrel after the first time I ate there...
     
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/18 23:59:36 (permalink)
    The only thing I like about Cracker Barrel is their little store in front. Lots of "retro" candy. After that, its a no go.I just have never had a meal beyond mediocre at any of their locations.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 06:12:29 (permalink)
    If they didnt have the best pancakes in the world, i'd be done with them too.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 06:31:52 (permalink)
    tkitna

    If they didnt have the best pancakes in the world, i'd be done with them too.

     
    You really need to get out a bit more.  For a start, it's evident you've never had fresh blueberries with your pancakes nor real maple syrup.....  for a start.
     
    Oh, I get it, you're done with them too.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 08:02:43 (permalink)
    How can I be done with a place that I've never stepped foot  into and have no intention of ever doing so! 
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 09:03:42 (permalink)
    Haven't been there in years.Ate there once with my dad at the one at IH35North and Ritterman Road in San Antonio, since it is the closest one to where I live.It wasn't bad.+However, he made many of the foods offered there at home, we just wanted to try it. For us, it was Pillsbury biscuits in the can or momma used Bisquick. Thinking about this made me remember his tomatoes,okra and bacon, and other stuff he made.
    Now you guys have made me want to try the place again.
    A friend of mine told me about Pappy G's in Universal City. It has home cooking,and a local place not a chain.She thought it was pretty good. I'll have to look to see if they have chicken fried steak. I don't mind eating it on occasion, but sometimes in careless hands it is just as you describe.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 11:38:12 (permalink)
    I'm still going to defend Cracker Barrel as a decent stop while on the road, especially if you don't have time to take the time to go to a roadfood place.
    I've never gotten sick there, most things taste good, and at most places service is pretty fast. 
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 12:24:34 (permalink)
    AndreaB

    I'm still going to defend Cracker Barrel as a decent stop while on the road, especially if you don't have time to take the time to go to a roadfood place.
    I've never gotten sick there, most things taste good, and at most places service is pretty fast. 


    I agree...I guess it's "in" to pan every chain...but when we're travelling and don't want to search out roadfood (many hit and miss stops, turn out to be miss,too, you know), we can count on Cracker Barrel for a great breakfast or OK lunch at a very inexpensive price...and yes, we too, love the retro candy and other stuff(always in the exact same locations)Pleasant diversion when travelling!
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 13:19:58 (permalink)
    If a website or book approved roadfood restaurant is out of the way to your intended destination or if you prefer to check  out another place, I've discovered that Yelp and Urbanspoon can be your best friend in discovering excellent new places, so it doesn't have to be hit or miss.
     
    Listen all of the POSTERS can go to cracker barrel if they want, but if us small select, far and few between ROADFOODERS prefer to go elsewhere, then so be it.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 13:30:29 (permalink)
    wanderingjew

    Listen all of the POSTERS can go to cracker barrel if they want, but if us small select, far and few between ROADFOODERS prefer to go elsewhere, then so be it.

    True. But all y'all ROADFOODERS need to stop being so self-righteous when some of us choose to go to a known entity when on the road rather than gambling on an unknown, especially when we have more than once been disappointed in a roadfood-recommended establishment.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 13:56:00 (permalink)
    All I have to say is if you like Cracker Barrel, great. If that is your go-to place on the road, great. I certainly am not at all putting you down. But my experience has been different. And my opinion, well, is just that. End of story.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 14:14:54 (permalink)
    the west palm beach location has decent food, the only problem is i go for the biscuits and cornbread they put on the table with butter and jellies and the last 3 times we had to ask 3 or 4 times and they were brought after our meal, all 3 times we waited nearly an hour to eat too
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 14:18:40 (permalink)
    WJ, Just because someone has gone to a Cracker Barrel does not necessarily make them  a " poster",  rather than a true "Roadfooder".  The only reason that I went to a Cracker Barrel last week was because I was someone's guest.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 14:32:35 (permalink)
    felix4067

    wanderingjew

    Listen all of the POSTERS can go to cracker barrel if they want, but if us small select, far and few between ROADFOODERS prefer to go elsewhere, then so be it.

    True. But all y'all ROADFOODERS need to stop being so self-righteous when some of us choose to go to a known entity when on the road rather than gambling on an unknown, especially when we have more than once been disappointed in a roadfood-recommended establishment.

     
    I've never been self righteous. You can all go where you want, however.... 
    First and foremost  this is a website about  Roadfood , I know and have learned to accept that this website also attracts posters that just like FOOD-  I  won't go into specifics of the type or quality because it will unjustifiably offend people, and then then of course there are people who just like forums and posting on the internet.
     
    When I first started posting here I thought that the majority of people here were fans of the Sterns Roadfood books, I found out,although it took a while for me to realize that wasn't the case. Many had never heard of the Stern's and certainly didn't evern know that they authored the Roadfood books.
     
    Listen there are people who "razzle me" because I don't work out and pump iron 4 hours a day everyday or drink protein shakes and eat Protein bars. I don't consider them self righteous- that's just what they choose to do.  
     
    That's all there is....
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 14:36:30 (permalink)
    Greymo

    WJ, Just because someone has gone to a Cracker Barrel does not necessarily make them  a " poster",  rather than a true "Roadfooder".  The only reason that I went to a Cracker Barrel last week was because I was someone's guest.


    I  never said that....I'm talking about folks who constantly go to chains. Hey when I'm home I hardly ever go out to eat unless I'm socializing, last year I was forced to go to an Applebees- I drank!
     
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 14:47:49 (permalink)
    I can't believe WanderingJew doesn't work out!
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 15:13:31 (permalink)
    joerogo

    I can't believe WanderingJew doesn't work out!


    Hey, I may not pump iron, but you're more than welcome to go on a 4 mile power walk with me! How do you think I maintain my "boyish" figure!
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 17:19:26 (permalink)
    AndreaB

    I'm still going to defend Cracker Barrel as a decent stop while on the road, especially if you don't have time to take the time to go to a roadfood place.

    While this thread has invariably turned into the "I hate chains" versus the "I like chains" argument that crops up every so often (of which, I would like to point out, I am trying to stay out of the fray, this time), this may be the most confusing statement I've read.
     
    I bolded the part that I needed, but I am curious as to why it would take more time to go to a "Roadfood place" than a Cracker Barrel?  Is the assumption that service is slower at the "Roadfood place" than elsewhere?  I don't get it.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 19:04:43 (permalink)
    I generally always been pleased with the breakfasts from there. In fact I think their sausage and bacon is outstanding. I used to buy the take home packages of bacon and sausage. Their sausage is made by Purnell's of Tennessee and is more of a ham sausage. Don't recall who make their bacon or country ham.
    My original post was about the poor quality of the country fried steak which has gone down hill quite a bit in the last few years imo.
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    Re:I'm done with Cracker Barrel 2011/07/19 19:04:50 (permalink)
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    AndreaB

    I'm still going to defend Cracker Barrel as a decent stop while on the road, especially if you don't have time to take the time to go to a roadfood place.

    While this thread has invariably turned into the "I hate chains" versus the "I like chains" argument that crops up every so often (of which, I would like to point out, I am trying to stay out of the fray, this time), this may be the most confusing statement I've read.

    I bolded the part that I needed, but I am curious as to why it would take more time to go to a "Roadfood place" than a Cracker Barrel?  Is the assumption that service is slower at the "Roadfood place" than elsewhere?  I don't get it.

    I know you weren't asking me, but I can tell you why that makes sense to me. Chains like Cracker Barrel are almost always located in a shopping district or other area with a ton of places you're probably already going, and most often right off the freeway. Roadfood places often require a drive of many miles from where everything else you're doing is located. I remember trying to go to Hays BBQ on my way through Tennessee...turn south off of I-40, then drive for 30 minutes, then turn again and drive another ten minutes out of town. Only to get there and find that they were closed because they ran out of meat. I believe that night I ate at McDonald's, because I was an hour off my travelling path and completely unfamiliar with the area.
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