I'm talkin' 'bout Cracker Barrel!
50,000+ calories of artery-clogging goodness later, I am ready to deliver my full report to you all.
- Chicken fried chicken with gravy (I shit you not, that's what it was called)
- Mashed potatoes with gravy
- Steak fries
- Green beans
- Buttermilk biscuits
All of it deeeeelicious! The chicken fried chicken was a boneless chicken cutlet fried to crispy breaded perfection and topped with Sawmill Gravy. I liked having the taste of fried chicken without having to deal with bones.
The biscuits were pillowy bites of butter-soaked heaven. The mashed potatoes weren't stellar, but then again, I am a potato snob, and the fries and green beans were delicious.
Things I Loved About Cracker Barrel:
1) The store full of random ass things to look through while you wait to be seated.
It made me long for days of yore....
2) Massive, massive heartburn.
3) The "Low-Carb Menu." This simultaneously amused and angered me.Let's imagine you are an under-educated, overweight Southern hillbilly. You look in the mirror one day and realize you're so fat you are about to bust out of your overalls, and you are beginning to resemble the hogs you keep out back.
One day you walk into your favorite local Cracker Barrel and order up some grub. You decide to play it healthy this time, and the Low-Carb Menu catches your eye.
"Low Carbs? What the heck are carbs?" you grunt at the menu. "I think I done heard those fancy science folks talkin' on TV 'bout them! This must mean it's healthy!"
So you open your menu to the Low-Carb section, and the first thing you see is:Half Pound Bacon Cheeseburger-- Our half pound burger is served with no bun and topped with thick sliced bacon and two slices of melting Colby cheese. Served with your choice of side.
Either Dr. Atkins owned stock in Cracker Barrel, or these people SERIOUSLY don't understand healthy choices.
Stacy's Final Thoughts (Jerry Springer style):
Overall, Cracker Barrel offers tasty food, good service, a fun atmosphere, and low prices. But at what cost?
The fact that they serve up incredibly unhealthy food at dirt cheap prices is part of the reason why Americans are so grossly obeise. If this is the type of place many Americans go to treat themselves to a special occasion, what are we teaching people about the relationship between junk food and reward? If a half pound bacon cheeseburger is on the healthy option menu, how are we educating Americans to make good choices?While I enjoyed my experience at the Cracker Barrel, I hope America isn't enjoying it too much.
What are YOUR thoughts about Cracker Barrel and other similar institutions? Fun greasy havens, or the root of all evil in the American diet?