Pros: Hashbrown casserole
Cons: Greasy, fatty food
My family and I were eagerly awaiting breakfast at the Cracker Barrel after reading a lot of great e-opinion reviews. We did not stop to look at anything in the store, since we do not get really excited about gift shops.
LOCATION: This particular restaurant was near the outlet stores in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
ATMOSPHERE/CLIENTELE: The rocking chairs outside the restaurant and inside the first set of double doors are cute. This would be a nice place to wait if there was a line for the restaurant. The restaurant itself is quaint-looking, though nothing spectacular. There are made-to-look-old advertisements on the walls, along with some other strange items. Near our table on the wall was a bicycle pump. About half of the tables had families with children. A large portion of the remaining crowd were folks over fifty years old. Some of the tables are a little close together, so if the person sitting behind you at the other table likes his/her chair far out from the table, you may have a problem if you like the same thing.
SERVICE: We had absolutely no wait for a table (we arrived at 11:00 a.m.). Our waitress quickly came to take her order. When my husband asked for the cornbread, she told us she will check to see if it is ready. Generally, she said, it is ready after 11:00 a.m. Our drinks were brought to the table in a timely manner, and our breakfast did not take too long to arrive.
BREAKFAST: I ordered the three pancakes with syrup, bacon, two eggs, and a biscuit. I asked for another plate, and shared these with my son. My husband ordered the three pancakes and a side of bacon. The waitress arrived with a plate full of two corn muffins, and two biscuits. The biscuits were pretty good. I can make them better, would rate them above average. We did not like the corn muffins. We eat cornbread and muffins whenever we get the chance. The muffins were greasy, and mealy tasting. Plus, they were not sweet enough. I would rate them a below average compared to about the 40 different restaurants we have eaten cornbread or corn muffins. I did not like the pancakes. They looked delicious when they came out. They were slightly brown, but not really completely done on the inside. My husband stated that was because they were not cooked at the correct temperature. The syrup was just o.k. I realize that this is the natural stuff, but I found it to be fairly flavorless and a little watery. I would rate the pancakes below average. The bacon was very fatty--more than 50% of it was pure fat. The bacon gets a below average rating. The scrambled eggs were good, but I rarely don't like scrambled eggs when I eat out. The hashbrown casserole was the best dish. It consisted of hashbrowns, onion, and cheese. I prefer traditional hashbrowns, though.
AFTER BREAKFAST: The waitress left the check on the table rather quickly, and walked away. She did not ask us if we wanted anything else. Also, we never got our cornbread (we were not charged for it), and we received no apology that they did not have it ready at 11:15 a.m. We were able to quickly pay for the breakfast at a register inside the store (just outside the restaurant entrance).
WOULD WE GO THERE AGAIN: No. This breakfast was below average compared to other breakfast places we have frequented. I would recommend that people ask the locals where a good breakfast could be found if they are traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania!
COST: I had iced tea, and my husband had a soda. All of the items came to a little over $16.00 before tax.