Batman and Robin, Han Solo & Chewbacca, everybody loves a great sidekick. You can’t have one without the other. The same applies to your favorite meals. Where would chips be without salsa or eggs without bacon? Some things were just meant to be.
At Cracker Barrel, we love our sides! We also love giving our guests lots of choices. Why settle for one side when you can have two (or three)? Our homestyle sides are made with care to perfectly compliment your meal so you can enjoy every bite. And with so many sides to choose from, you won’t ever get bored or hungry.
Ever wondered what are our most popular sides? We asked our guests, and here are their top 20 favorites.
#20 Loaded Baked Sweet Potato
When we say loaded, we mean it! We top our soft baked sweet potato with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter, a toasted Marshmallow, Butter Pecan Syrup, and Candied Pecans. Try it with our Maple Bacon Chicken or Grilled Sirloin Steak for an amazing flavor combination.
#19 Steak Fries
What makes Steak Fries so irresistible? Maybe it’s because you get a little more potato and more opportunities for dipping. Try a juicy Barrel Cheeseburger or some Sweet n’ Smoky Glazed Chicken Tenders with a side of our crispy, seasoned Steak Fries, or upgrade to our Loaded Steak Fries topped with creamy cheese sauce, chopped bacon, and shredded Colby cheese and served with Buttermilk Ranch for dipping.
Our tender whole baby carrots are cooked with a hint of margarine and brown sugar for a delicious and satisfying side that both adults and kids love. Pair it with some grilled or fried chicken tenders and get that extra boost of beta carotene and a whole lot of flavor.
#17 Vegetable Soup
Nothing warms you up as good as a cup of steamy hot soup brimming with savory veggies and rich broth. Our Vegetable Soup is the perfect companion for those chilly days or when all you want is some good, ol’ fashioned, homestyle comfort.
#16 Smoked Sausage Patties
Add some extra protein to your breakfast with two patties of our savory smoked sausage. For a vegetarian option, you can also try our Impossible Sausage-made from plants or add a little heat with our Spicy Chicken Sausage for an extra kick to your taste buds.
#15 Fried Okra
Okra is a classic Southern food and has been a Cracker Barrel staple for years. Did you know it’s technically a fruit, but it’s prepared like a vegetable? Our Okra is breaded and fried to a golden brown. Try pairing it with our special recipe, Meatloaf or Farm-Raised Catfish and discover a new favorite.
#14 Fresh Fruit
You can’t go wrong with a refreshing side of seasonal fresh fruit with your meal. A great choice when you’re counting calories, add it with our Grilled Chicken Tenders entrée with a side salad for a satisfying and healthier lunch or dinner option.
#13 Coarse Ground Grits
Did you know South Carolina in 1976 declared grits their official state food? Another Southern staple, our coarse ground grits are slow-cooked with a touch of margarine and salt and taste great with a Country Morning Breakfast of farm-fresh eggs and thick-sliced bacon. And the best part? With breakfast served all day, you can enjoy them anytime you want!
#12 Turnip Greens
Turnip greens can have a range of different flavors, which is why sometimes they can be a bit unpopular, but we think with ours, you won’t “turnip” your nose to them. We season our greens with savory country ham and cooked them just right to lock in that ideal flavor. And since it made our top 20 list, it’s proof our guests love them too.
#11 White Cheddar Cheese Bites
Two words. Fried cheese! Our White Cheddar Cheese Bites are one of our new Barrel Bites premium sides, and after one bite, you’ll see it can’t any get cheddar. Lightly breaded cheese bites deep-fried to a golden brown and served with Buttermilk Ranch for dipping. Add them to your favorite meal or order them as a party platter to-go for your next event and be a hit with all your friends.
#10 Mashed Potatoes n’ Sawmill Gravy
What’s the second most popular potato dish in the United States besides French Fries? You guessed it, Mashed Potatoes! Everybody loves some creamy mashed potatoes with their Thanksgiving dinner, but they are also a great sidekick with just about any lunch or dinner meal. Try our Mashed Potatoes with Sawmilll Gravy with a generous plate of our Southern Fried Chicken, and you won’t be hungry (or unhappy).
#9 Country Fried Pickles
We love pickles! Did you know that Americans collectively consume 20 billion pickles a year? We think we can increase that number thanks to our new and very popular, Country Fried Pickles. Lightly breaded with a slight crunch and served with Buttermilk Ranch for dipping, you won’t be able to stop popping. (Sharing is optional, but you might want to upgrade to the party platter size just to be safe).
#8 Macaroni n’ Cheese
A kid and adult favorite our beloved creamy mac n’ cheese is so yummy, we added the extra “mmm” in its name. Perfect with some juicy Sunday Homestyle Chicken and your favorite veggie, we bet you’ll be saying “mmm,” too.
#7 Loaded Hashbrown Casserole
Our favorite Hashbrown Casserole gets a flavor upgrade topped with Colby Cheese and bacon pieces. It goes great with any meal, whether you’re craving Buttermilk Pancakes n’ eggs or a nice juicy Sirloin Steak.
When you hear the words “slow-simmered what comes to mind? For us, it means time. Time to get it just right. Our dumplins are handmade just like mom used to make, so when you take a bite, you’re transported back to a simpler time of enjoying a good meal around the table. Add a side of hot and delicious dumplins with your next meal and feel the comfort.
#5 Green Beans
Our green beans are slow simmered with just a hint of pork seasoning to give them an extra kick of homestyle goodness. And since they made our top 5 of favorite sides, it looks like our guests can’t resist adding a little extra green to their plate too.
#4 Thick-Sliced Bacon
No wimpy bacon allowed! Compliment your meal with 3 strips of thick sliced salty goodness to your entrée. Choose crispy or soft, throw in some extra jam for your biscuits, and breakfast definitely becomes the best meal of the day.
#3 Loaded Hashbrown Casserole Tots
We’ve taken our famous Hashbrown Casserole and made it portable and poppable. Crispy bite-sized tots topped with bacon pieces and melted cheese and served with a side of Buttermilk Ranch for dipping. Try this…Order a side of our Loaded Hashbrown Casserole Tots, then share one with a friend and watch their reaction. Then, you might want to hide ‘em. (There’s a reason why they’re in the top 3).
#2 Fried Apples
There are certain iconic elements our guests associate with Cracker Barrel. The Peg Game, the Pancakes, the Biscuits, the fireplace, and…the famous Fried Apples. Seasoned with a touch of Cinnamon and baked in the oven, our Fried Apples have been a favorite since the beginning. Add them to our Country Boy Breakfast or Build Your Own Breakfast and experience some true Cracker Barrel care.
#1 Hashbrown Casserole
If you haven’t tried our signature Hashbrown Casserole, now is your chance! Add it to your order today and discover why it takes our top spot. Shredded potatoes, Colby cheese, chopped onions, tossed in our own seasoning blend with a touch of salt and pepper, all baked in the oven to create our most popular homestyle side. Pure potato bliss.
Believe it or not, this is just our top 20. We have even more side dishes to choose from, from premium sides, like our Bacon Macaroni n’ Cheese to sweet Biscuit Beignets. Try them all to find new favorites and order online for easy pickup or delivery. Or find a Cracker Barrel near you and stop in for a homestyle meal (and lots of tasty sides), all made with care.
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2 thoughts on “The Top 20 Most Popular Cracker Barrel Side Dishes”
So glad to see the Cracker Barrel is back! For a while there it was awful. It’s nice to depend on a good place to eat when traveling
Brown seasoned rice would really draw more customers