We seem to go to Florida at least once a year. It may be because the nostalgic reason that pulls us back from living there for almost 10 years or the magical pixie dust from Walt Disney World. But for whatever reason, after numerous road trips down I-75 from Atlanta to Orlando, never once did we stopped at Cracker Barrel.
But it was changed on this trip. We visit Cracker Barrel not once but twice during our trip in Florida. The first visit was during our road trip down from Atlanta.
Family Friendly Stop Along the Highway
Cracker Barrel is a chain restaurant that you can easily find along the highway in most states. It’s not just a restaurant though. It’s an old country style restaurant and store.
On our visit, we were on a road for almost 10 hours for what should have been an 8 hours road trip (that will be another post in another time). So we were in need of a break. A real break not just a quick stop at the rest area or a drive-thru at McDonald. So we decided to stop at Cracker Barrel for dinner and enjoyed a sit down meal to stretch our legs.
The front porch invites you to sit down and enjoy a leisure evening with a set of chess ready for you for a match with your kids.
As soon as you walk inside the store, you will be overwhelmed with various products in the store. It’s the old country store similar to Mast General Store in Asheville. Needless to say, my kids’ mood had shifted from being grumpy to happy in an instant. That’s a good sign in my book.
Even with the evening hour, the restaurant is rather empty with plenty of tables so we got seated right away.
The food.. oh.. the food.. hmm.. How should I say this? I think the food is nothing to write home about. It’s typical southern comfort food. Or it might be a long drive that subdue my appetite. Mr. Rojo said his breakfast meal was pretty good though. So you might want to try out the breakfast menu instead. They do serve breakfast all day. But we did enjoy our fun on the peg game that was available on each table. We loved it so much that we bought one for each kid so they can practice and become a genius.
After the meal, that’s when the fun started. We took our time checking out the store. I love to check out the old toy and other snacks. Too bad that it was late in the evening so candies was out of the question for this trip. It was a good call on our part to stop here.
Another neat feature that make Cracker Barrel unique is the ‘Books-On-Audio’ rental program. Basically, you can rent an audio book for $3.49 per week and return at ANY Cracker Barrel. It’s a great cheap entertainment option on a road.
So if you are on a long road trip and look for a break, Cracker Barrel might not be a local restaurant but in a pinch it’s a great stop for kids and adults as well.