Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company’s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD’s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of September 18, 2012, it operated 620 stores in 42 states. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.



Breakfast for Dinner

An all day breakfast menu has been an integral part of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store brand since it was founded in 1969. Nearly 25% of all of the entrees sold during lunch and dinner are breakfast entrees.  “This differentiator remains one of our guests’ favorite parts of the Cracker Barrel experience,” says Janella Escobar, Director of Corporate Communications at Cracker Barrel.

While its breakfast menu has expanded over the last 46 years, Cracker Barrel says the country cooking found on the original menu remains a core part of what it offers including eggs, pancakes, bacon, country ham, sausage and grits; as well as homemade biscuits and gravy.

Butter Baked Chicken

Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe

Serves 6-8

1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 to 8 chicken breasts
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, divided use
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in 9 x 13 baking dish.

Dip chicken in milk, then roll in seasoned flour. Place chicken, skin side down, in butter. Bake 30 minutes.

Mix water, remaining milk and soup together. Turn chicken and pour soup mixture over it. Bake 30 minutes more. Remove chicken and stir gravy.

45th Aniversary

Original Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. announced today an operation milestone–its 45th Anniversary. Since the first Cracker Barrel opened in a small town in Middle Tennessee in 1969, the company has focused on Pleasing People by providing the finest quality home style food at a reasonable price and offering a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Cracker Barrel’s philosophy holds true as the company has experienced consistent growth and success since its inception 45 years ago.

A Look Back

Cracker Barrel was founded in 1969 as Founder Dan Evins began thinking of ways to better meet the needs of people traveling the roads. At that time, the interstate system was still young and goods and services were hard to come by and often not trusted. Evins became a pioneer, seeking to create a country store that served up some real American flavor – a place where guests could catch up with family, friends and thoughts.

Evin’s vision grew into a great business opportunity as Cracker Barrel became the first restaurant to situate itself directly off the interstates, ultimately making traveling easier on the big new highways.  Cracker Barrel became the official place for travelers looking for a clean, comfortable, relaxed place to stop-in for a good meal and shopping.  Since the beginning, Cracker Barrel stores have included a retail country store offering unique gifts and self-indulgences, many reminiscent of America’s country heritage.

Cracker Barrel realized there was a whole lot more interstate ahead of them and in 1981 the company went public with its stock. Growth continued and today the company owns and operates 633 stores in 42 states.

Cracker Barrel Facts

Today with more than 70,000 employees, Cracker Barrel has made a significant economic impact across the nation through job creation in hundreds of towns and communities.

Cracker Barrel serves nearly 600,000 guests a day, seven days a week. On a typical day, Cracker Barrel uses 70,000 pounds of flour to produce the made-from-scratch biscuits and dumplins.

Each store is decorated with authentic American memorabilia. There are about 90,000 pieces in the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse and another 700,000 pieces of original décor in the stores.

Consumers Favorite Casual Dining Restaurants

Consumers named Cheesecake Factory their favorite casual dining restaurant in a survey that Market Force, the customer intelligence solutions firm, released last month. Market Force polled more than 1,600 consumers to learn their takes on casual restaurants in five different categories: breakfast, steak, Italian, seafood, and general menu.

Survey respondents ranked chains by considering service, food quality, and value. Cracker Barrel topped the ranks on service, while consumers pointed to Red Robin as the most kid friendly restaurant. Other runners up to Cheesecake Factory in the general menu category were Ruby TuesdayBuffalo Wild Wings, and Chili's.

Offering good value and having good specials also piqued consumers' interest.TGI Friday's topped the chart for presenting good value for the money, while survey takers nodded to Chili's as the best casual dining restaurant when it comes to value, promotions, and coupons.

Rounding out the favorites were

Maggiano's (Italian restaurant)
The Capital Grille (favorite steakhouse)
Pappadeux (favorite seafood restaurant)
Mimi's (favorite breakfast restaurant)

Campfire Chicken or Beef

This seasonal offering is new for the summer of 2014. If features camp style cooking over an open fire with a half chicken or two hearty cuts if chuck roast seasoned with Cracker Barrel Campfire spice blend and slow roasted until tender with fresh carrots, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, chopped onion, and tomato wedges. It is cooked and served it in foil to seal in all the savory juices.

The dish also comes with your choice of buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins.