That rumbling in your tummy can only mean one thing. You’re hungry! And this time, not any old food is going to satisfy. You want something warm, comforting and delicious, just like mom used to make.
You’ve come to the right place!
At Cracker Barrel, we’ve been pleasing people with homestyle food made with care for over 50 years. Maybe you’ve seen one of our interstate signs along the highway and never stopped in. Maybe you’ve heard the name, but haven’t had the chance to experience some of our good old-fashioned country cooking. Our menu may have changed here and there over the years, but our commitment to providing high quality meals for a fair price hasn’t.
Making a meal decision can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to answer that infamous question everybody asks when they pull up a chair and take that first glance at our paper menus.
“What’s good here?”
(All of it, but we’re biased). So, we checked with our guests to learn their favorites and compiled the 10 most popular menu items that you should try at Cracker Barrel.
Cracker Barrel’s 10 Most Popular Menu Items
Our Old Timer’s Breakfast is the perfect choice for those guests who want to experience an authentic homestyle breakfast, anytime they want, because at Cracker Barrel, breakfast is served all day.
Our Old Timer’s Breakfast comes with two farm-fresh eggs and grits. Your choice of our delicious Fried Apples or Hashbrown Casserole, plus Turkey Sausage, Thick-Sliced Bacon, or Smoked Sausage. Then we top it off with all the fixins’ including warm Buttermilk Biscuits with real butter, Sawmill Gravy, and the best Dickinson’s preserves and jam we could find.
The perfect combination of sweet and savory. Two Buttermilk Pancakes hot off the griddle, two farm-fresh eggs , a sampling of Thick-Sliced Bacon, Smoked Sausage, plus Sugar Cured or Country Ham. Served up with a side of Fried Apples or Hashbrown Casserole , and it’s easy to see why this makes our list as a classic Cracker Barrel meal. We hope Grandma would be proud of us.
We couldn’t call ourselves true Southerners if our Fried Chicken didn’t make the list! Luckily, our guests love our crispy and savory Fried Chicken as much as we do! In fact, we love it so much we gave it its own mini delivery brand.
Our Southern Fried Chicken is cooked with care using our special recipe seasoning, fried until it’s golden brown, and served with honey for drizzling. Pair it with some creamy mac n’ cheese or some country sides of your choice with hand-rolled Buttermilk Biscuits, and you’ve got the ultimate Southern meal. (You might just have a Southern accent when you’re finished).
Our chicken is so scrumptious we had to include it in the name twice! We take a generous portion of our juicy Homestyle Chicken breast and top it with savory Sawmill Gravy. It’s the perfect meal for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Grab a glass of some Sweet Tea or your favorite alcoholic beverage and take a well-deserved break today. You deserve it!
6. Roast Beef
Want to know if you’re eating a great roast beef, here’s the trick. Take your fork and twist off a forkful of meat to watch it separate with ease and you’ve got a winner. We take thick-cut USDA Choice chuck roast and slow roast it for up to 14 hours until it’s fork-tender and perfectly juicy. Don’t forget the mashed potatoes with gravy. Then give yourself a pat on the back for making a great choice.
A homestyle favorite, we start with USDA choice steak, pan fry it, and top it off with our Sawmill Gravy seasoned and cooked with pork flavors, salt, and black pepper. For the ultimate sampling of Southern hospitality, pair it with a side of our creamy mashed potatoes and hot buttered corn, and you’ll see why our guests keep coming back for more.
Guests looking for some lighter fare will find a lot to love with our Grilled Chicken Tenders. Our tenders are marinated and cooked to the perfect temp, bursting with flavor. Pair them with some broccoli, fresh fruit, and you’ve got a great meal that’s under 400 calories. Who says eating healthy can’t be delicious? (Alright, you can have at least one biscuit!)
We would do anything for love, but we won’t be spilling the beans on our special recipe for this tasty and popular dish. Bustling with tomatoes, onions, and green peppers, our meatloaf is sure to please. Perfect for a hearty lunch break or satisfying dinner, we suggest pairing it with a side of creamy macaroni n’ cheese and a country vegetable, or two of your choice.
We sell over 11 million orders of Chicken n’ Dumplins a year, and there’s a good reason why. We slow simmer them right in our kitchen for a perfect homemade taste. Tender white meat chicken with strips of dough, covered in a hearty helping of creamy, rich chicken broth. Pair it with a couple of our country sides like steamed carrots and green beans and Biscuits or Cornbread, and you’ve got the definition of “comfort food” sitting right on your plate.
Honorable Mention: Country Vegetable Plate
Not in the mood for a big meal? Try our Country Vegetable Plate and enjoy a sampling of some of our favorite Cracker Barrel sides. There’s our famous Fried Apples or Hashbrown Casserole (which many have tried to replicate), or you can opt for something lighter like fresh corn, green beans, steamed carrots, seasonal fruit, or tangy Cole Slaw. Throw in some handmade Biscuits or Cornbread, and we guarantee you won’t leave hungry!
Drumroll please…They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we couldn’t agree more. Especially when breakfast comes with three buttermilk pancakes, two farm-fresh eggs, and your choice of Thick-Sliced Bacon or Smoked Sausage. Top it off with 100% Pure Natural Syrup, and you’ll see why this takes the number one spot!
This is only just a sampling of the delicious offerings here at Cracker Barrel. Browse our full menu for even more homestyle options. We take great pride in ensuring that the food we serve is the freshest quality, with the vast majority of our ingredients sourced right here in the USA.
“Homemade” is not just a word to us. It’s something you can taste. Served with care and a smile and we can’t wait to serve you.
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What’s your favorite Cracker Barrel meal? Tell us in the comments!