Cracker Barrel

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 4:52am
Georgia Mom's picture
Joined: 08/08/2001 - 09:00

Do you consider Cracker Barrel Restaurants safe or unsafe? We have eaten there a few times with my PA son. I always ask alot of questions and I have always been comfortable with the response. Just this weekend I had ordered macaroni and cheese and the waitress came back and said that I should make another choice because they get their cheese from someone else and they could not guarantee its ingredients or safety. She also said that I should avoid their sweet potato cassarole because it had pecans in it. She assured me that each vegetable has it's own spoon for serving so I did not have to worry about the green beans I had ordered being served with the same spoon that they had dipped in the sweet potato cassarole. She was very helpful in making suggestions about the items she felt were safe - the ones that were completely prepared there in the restaurant and she could check the labels of all of the ingredients. At this point, Cracker Barrel is in my comfort zone unless someone can give me a reason that it shouldn't be. Any comments?

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 5:34am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi! Cracker Barrel is one of the only restaurants we go to while traveling - it is a "treat" for us! Our DD is cashew/pecan allergic but not peanut (at least that's what the tests say but she spits it right out and wipes her tongue)! Anyway - I feel safe eating there with her. We just avoid the deserts and eat mac & cheese, carrots, etc.
[This message has been edited by katie's mom (edited September 04, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 12/17/2001 - 11:01pm
Melanie Dillard's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

I have had PA all my life and I eat at Cracker Barrel all the time. Love it! I have pretty much eaten all their veggies with no problem including the mac -n- cheese. I have never heard of a problem with cheese anyway, but who knows.
Take Care,

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2001 - 8:52am
BONNY's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

I thought Cracker Barrel served peanuts? I also thought they let people throw them on the floor? am I thinking of anouther famous chain? Thanks

Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2002 - 1:36am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

I think you are thinking of Beef and Barrel. They used to have peanut shells all over the floor. They have been out of business in this area for years....

Posted on: Sat, 04/06/2002 - 9:32am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We go to Cracker Barrel occasionally. We went (for the first time at this location) to one in Robinson Township (near Pittsburgh, PA) today for lunch.
We told the waitress about our son's allergy, then asked about the oil for the fries - peanut oil. We were surprised, but just ordered the applesauce instead.
When our son's cheeseburger arrived at our table, my husband was helping him arrange the toppings. He found a NUT in-between the pickles!! Amazing. We were shocked, but didn't make a scene. (Our son was pretty upset as it was.) We told the waitress; she took it away and informed the manager who came out to apologize profusely.
I didn't think much about it at the time - just really wondered HOW the nut got there (it was a walnut or pecan)??!?!?? When we got home and explained the story to my MIL, she asked, "Would someone have done that deliberately?!?" I have to admit it crossed my mind on our way home, but I thought "No!" (It sure seems like a strange place for a nut to just 'end up' though. Hmm.)
Anyway, our son is safe. He did eat one pickle before Hubby found the nut, but thankfully, he was fine.
You just never know, huh?
Take care out there!
[This message has been edited by Lam (edited April 06, 2002).]

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:44pm
b.roper's picture
Joined: 03/10/2014 - 05:32

Do not order anything off the grill. They cook pecan crusted fish and pecan pancakes on the same grill that they cook hamburgers, grilled cheese, bacon, etc. If they say they will clean the grill, that is not true. They cannot decontaminate the grill until after the restaurant closes because of the cleaner fumes.

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 3:18pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

I started a thread [url=""]here[/url] asking about cracker barrel about 5 yrs ago, but there are some posts that are within the past couple of months. We have never tried eating there-too many people said that theirs wasn't safe.

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 10:59pm
Lindajo's picture
Joined: 10/14/2003 - 09:00

Seanmn...are you writing about the restaurant or the actual cracker barrel cheese blocks sold in supermarkets? If it is the cheese, I can say that my DD has safely eaten their cheese products.
edited to correct typos!
[This message has been edited by Lindajo (edited January 30, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 11:24pm
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

i use their cheese. my son doesnt necessarily eat it but i feel safe with it around him. i dont know about the restaurant. really dont trust restaurants. we eat at one pizza place, mcdonalds or ritas water ice gelatis.

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 3:26am
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Sorry, the restaurant.


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