As a true Southerner, Josh grew up eating at Cracker Barrel. Where I’m from, that’s just a brand of cheese so, when I saw a restaurant when I first moved to Virginia, I was confused. We literally met within four months of us relocating to Richmond, so it didn’t take long for me to get an introduction to Cracker Barrel, a restaurant with what feels like a cult following.
Looking at the menu, it’s down home Southern fare including biscuits, cornbread, grits, Country Fried Steak, and Roast Beef. They also serve all-day breakfast, which is what I normally stick to when we make a visit.
For Father’s Day, Josh and I spent the weekend in Utah, hitting up Lagoon and enjoying a break from our full house. As we started our road trip, he asked if we could have breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Even though I was eager to get to our destination, I couldn’t say no.
Southern Eats at Cracker Barrel
He knew exactly what he wanted (a rarity for a man who usually takes his sweet time looking over a menu) — Uncle Herschel’s Favorite. The dish comes with two farm fresh eggs, grits, fried apples or hash brown casserole (he chose the latter), Sawmill gravy, and a choice of meat (he picked fried chicken tenderloins, which he covered in the gravy).
Keeping it low carb, I went with the Double Meat Breakfast which came with three eggs, grits (I skipped these!), and a full order of both the thick-sliced bacon and smoked sausage patties. Both of our meals came with Sawmill gravy, buttermilk biscuits, real butter, and preserves.
After our meal, we looked around the country store that looks exactly like the one you’ll find in every Cracker Barrel in America. Our bellies were full and Josh was content, so we got back in our van, cranked up the jams, and continued on our journey. It’s the simple things, y’all.
Does your family ever visit Cracker Barrel? What do you order?