Last week the family decided to go out to dinner. This is a rare occurrence, but when we do go out, there are only a few places that we frequent. One of them is Cracker Barrel. Now, if you are familiar with the ole Cracker Barrel then you know. Oh, you know. However, if you’ve never experienced the wonder of the Barrel, let me shed a little light on this for you. It is not just a restaurant. Oh no. It is a “Country Kitchen.”
This means that all the vittles are delectable southern-style dishes and are completely delicious, y’all. My kids always scarf down all of their dinner at Cracker Barrel. It is a lovely change of pace for mom because it means a) I don’t have to cook and b) I don’t have to yell at my kids for a straight hour to “take a bite!!” This is the type of place that not only has down home cookin’, such as chicken and dumplings, chicken fried steak, okra, meatloaf, etc., it’s also the type of place that serves breakfast all day, so my son always gets a big stack of pancakes and eggs for dinner each time. Most of their stuff is really yummy, but I will say that their macaroni & cheese and their buttermilk biscuits are to die for! Those are obviously my favorites. Carb loading for the win!!
But Cracker Barrel is not just a restaurant. As you might have noticed from their sign, it actually serves double duty as a Country Store. When we went this past week, there was quite a wait, so we had lots of time to peruse all the goods in said store. I came across a few that were quite interesting. First, there was a section with DVDs for sale. This is what I found:
. . . . believe it or not, it’s just me!!! Try not getting that song stuck in your head all freaking day. You’re welcome.
These were 2 of my favorite 80’s shows, no lie. Michael J. Fox and Ricky Schroeder? How can you go wrong? And on sale even!! What a bargain.
And the hits keep coming . . .
It’s like a Magnum/Michael sandwich up in this joint. If this place had a DVD player, I would have been all set! Oh wait, I think I might be on to something. TV Dinners! Imma gonna go call the Barrel and let them know of this brilliance. Be right back . . .
Ok, now on to some foolishness. They not only sell movies, but lots of crafty/artsy home quilting type stuff. This was one such thing:
Yes, it’s a bag. Shaped like a fish. Named “Winnie Finny.” Isn’t that just precious? Um, no.
They apparently not only sell to the crafty/kitschy set, but to ravers as well:
I’m really not sure what other purpose you would need for glowing fingertips. Except massive entertainment while on hallucinogenic substances, that is.
Either that or maybe a helpful tool to find your keys in the bottom of your purse? Something to freak out the cat?
Check that out. Peas & Carrots Jelly Bellys. I kinda wish I had bought them, just to see what they taste like. I can’t imagine they would actually taste like peas and carrots, but who knows? I’m sure that would be a favorite with my boys, if so! Mmmmm, peas.
This is actually the outside of the restaurant. It is an entire porch lined with these rocking chairs that you can sit in while you are waiting, and can also be purchased, if you so desire. They even have little kid sized chairs as well that are adorable.
This is also the type of restaurant that has all sorts of odds and ends plastered to the walls. All old-timey stuff, like old phones and portraits and snow shoes, etc.
Which is also helpful when you have kids that get impatient waiting for their dinners, as you can play the “who can find the spatula?” game . . .
So, if you ever happen to be driving along and see one of these wonderful restaurants, I would strongly suggest you drop in to check out the Country Store and to get some good home cooking. You will not be disappointed!! (Make sure you get some of the biscuits! I’m getting hungry just thinking about them. Nom nom nom).