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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 16:07:47 (permalink)
Our first exposure to Cracker Barrel was when we relocated to Tennessee from San Diego county in 1985. I think they were still a regional chain then and they were completely regionally appropriate for East Tennessee.

The contrast to the food and style of Southern California restaurants could not have been more severe. Cracker Barrel was just fun. And the food was terrific. Especially the long defunct resin-baked potato.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 16:17:17 (permalink)

Not since I have lived/visited there...That why I LOVE it...this is where
my first job was...as a caddy.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 16:27:38 (permalink)
I'm going to have to depart from thinking that CB's grits are more than passable. They use mass produced grits, like you'd find in most supermarkets and they're not the best quality. Almost no corn taste to them at all, as they are in warming pans for many hours, especially later in the day. I'm spoiled where grits are concerned. I cook them up at home all the time as breakfast fare and use the best I can get. My usual go to's are Weisenberger Mills, out of Midway, KY and The House of Autry Stone Ground grits. Both have well developed corn flavour when cooked and aren't just corn mush. Cracker Barrel does a great job on stuff, but they don't spend lots on their grits.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 16:42:13 (permalink)
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I'm going to have to depart from thinking that CB's grits are more than passable. They use mass produced grits, like you'd find in most supermarkets and they're not the best quality. Almost no corn taste to them at all, as they are in warming pans for many hours, especially later in the day. I'm spoiled where grits are concerned. I cook them up at home all the time as breakfast fare and use the best I can get. My usual go to's are Weisenberger Mills, out of Midway, KY and The House of Autry Stone Ground grits. Both have well developed corn flavour when cooked and aren't just corn mush. Cracker Barrel does a great job on stuff, but they don't spend lots on their grits.


Do either of those mills ship?
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 17:09:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby dbldbl 2017/05/09 22:10:31
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I'm going to have to depart from thinking that CB's grits are more than passable. They use mass produced grits, like you'd find in most supermarkets and they're not the best quality. Almost no corn taste to them at all, as they are in warming pans for many hours, especially later in the day. I'm spoiled where grits are concerned. I cook them up at home all the time as breakfast fare and use the best I can get. My usual go to's are Weisenberger Mills, out of Midway, KY and The House of Autry Stone Ground grits. Both have well developed corn flavour when cooked and aren't just corn mush. Cracker Barrel does a great job on stuff, but they don't spend lots on their grits.


Do either of those mills ship?


Weisenberger does. They have a pretty decent lineup of products. House  Autry can be found in many stores, but if they're not available in your area they do sell online. Their white grits are quite good. Carolina Plantation also has some good grits, but they take about an hour to cook, if you use their recipe. Very creamy and tasty though. All the others take the usual 20 minutes to cook. No quick grits with these. And they all have a good corny taste.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 17:59:56 (permalink)
Thank you very much for the info. I like when it comes from some with experience with the product. 
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 18:09:13 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for the info. I like when it comes from some with experience with the product. 


Well, I have eaten many pounds of Weisenbergers products over the years, not just their grits. I got some House Autry grits last year and have been really pleased with them. The Carolina Plantation grits were an impulse buy, when I was getting some rice, and I was very happy with them, too, (just not the cooking time of 1 hr).
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 18:13:39 (permalink)
I thank you for the recommendation, too.  When we visit the Bluegrass, we've not infrequently gone to the antique shops in Midway, but never encountered Weisenberger.  On our next trip, we will stop by a Kroger and get some flour and cornmeal.  (I don't eat grits.)
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 19:01:21 (permalink)
Thanks for the recommendations!
As usual, this reminds me of a story.  My HS English teacher made a trip south over spring break I think.  He stopped and ordered breakfast.  His plate arrived with grits.  He said, "what is this stuff?  I didn't order it."  The waitress said, "honey, those are grits.  I've got a son about your age.  He eats grits every morning and he's twice your size."
 
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 21:27:23 (permalink)
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Thanks for the recommendations!
As usual, this reminds me of a story.  My HS English teacher made a trip south over spring break I think.  He stopped and ordered breakfast.  His plate arrived with grits.  He said, "what is this stuff?  I didn't order it."  The waitress said, "honey, those are grits.  I've got a son about your age.  He eats grits every morning and he's twice your size."
 


We love grits in Dallas.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/09 21:44:57 (permalink)
We love grits here in Ohio. And lleechef's cheese and bacon grits are fantastic.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/10 02:12:50 (permalink)
CB Headquarters is in Nashville. They were just getting started when we lived there. A friend of mine went with them as a Training Director. Guess he's done a good job by the looks of it! Good Grub!
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/10 07:45:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Root-Beer Man 2017/05/10 18:06:20
I like grits and have never had a bad meal at Cracker Barrel (though it's been a few years). 
 
 

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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/10 18:04:31 (permalink)
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CB Headquarters is in Nashville. They were just getting started when we lived there. A friend of mine went with them as a Training Director. Guess he's done a good job by the looks of it! Good Grub!


Actually, their HQ is in Lebanon, TN where they started out. Near Nashville, but it's own unique community.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 01:49:56 (permalink)
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CB Headquarters is in Nashville. They were just getting started when we lived there. A friend of mine went with them as a Training Director. Guess he's done a good job by the looks of it! Good Grub!


Actually, their HQ is in Lebanon, TN where they started out. Near Nashville, but it's own unique community.


I knew that but just used Nashville as a general point of reference.
My daughter lives in Franklin, TN but when we go to visit we just tell people we're going to Nashville
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 05:24:40 (permalink)
 
 
Greymo, was there something about the store that made you lose your appetite? 
 
Louis, I also love browsing in the store area while waiting for a table or just stopping in to pickup some Val-o-Milks, Goo Goo Clusters, Mallo Cups and Smoothies, Coconut Patties (in Florida), and I also love some of the DVDs/CDs they have of TV and radio programs (Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger).
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 05:30:41 (permalink)
I'll get yelled at, but I still say Cracker Barrel has the best pancakes in the world.  I love em.
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 06:21:09 (permalink)
tkitna - I won't argue, but Black Bear Diner's pancakes are my restaurant standard. That's a chain in some Western states. They might use the same supplier.

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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 08:04:52 (permalink)
The founder of Cracker Barrel was a local cadet from Castle Heights Military Academy, located in Lebanon, Tennessee.  That's why their corporate headquarters is in Lebanon.  The founder lived there.  He died a few years ago.
 
I was a cadet there (1965-1969) and when I first ate at Cracker Barrel it reminded me very much of the type of food they served at the school.  I remember a Mrs. Lloyd was the dietician there.  It was where I learned about eating and drinking all sorts of new foods, like grits, watermelon and sweet tea.  The school is no longer there, but I'm sure the people in Lebanon of 50 years ago eat some of the same things I did then.
 
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Re: A cracker Barrel Breakfast. 2017/05/11 12:26:57 (permalink)
While Cracker Barrel breakfast is quite decent most of the time; I will concur their grits are flavorless.  They are often pretty thin and watery as well.   Their hash brown casserole is much better; their biscuits and gravy a nice side dish; although the gravy usually is sparse on chunks of sausage.  They usually do a decent job on the eggs; and the country ham is tasty.  
 
Waffle House is the best chain restaurant for grits...although theirs can be spotty, too.  Homemade or a good independent restaurant in the South is the best way for grits.  
 
If you are in the upper Midwest sometime; Machine Shed does a great job on breakfast....Iowa, Wisconsin; Illinois, Minnesota...
 
 
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