Monday, March 19, 2012

Branson Blast #1-Cracker Barrel Review and Giveaway!!



Hey all, and welcome to the Branson Blast-an event that will highlight some of our favorite stops in Branson, Missouri! Of course, Cracker Barrel isn't a Branson-only restaurant, but it happens to be my favorite place to eat. And the closest Cracker Barrel to where I live is over 3 hours away! So, when planning our trip to Branson, literally the first thing I checked was for a Cracker Barrel! I was thrilled to find out there was, and even more excited when Cracker Barrel agreed to participate in the Branson Blast.




We pulled into Branson on Monday (ended up going down a day earlier than planned), and after checking into our hotel, headed out for an early dinner. You guessed it-Cracker Barrel! I love the atmosphere of these restaurants; the homey, country feel, the friendly employees, and the shopping!



We were seated immediately, and greeted by Brittany, our waitress. She was very helpful and friendly, and really made our entire experience more enjoyable. (No matter how good the food is, if your waiter/waitress isn't polite, it puts a damper on the whole meal, you know?). Once seated, it was time to order our beverages-I chose the Raspberry Lemonade, my all-time favorite. Cracker Barrel is the only place I know that serves their lemonade in frosty glasses, which adds to the old-time charm :)




After perusing the menu for a few minutes, I decided to get the Roast Beef Dinner with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Hashbrown Casserole, and a House Salad. Again, some of my favorites that I only get to taste a couple times a year when we're traveling! 


Brittany had our biscuits and salads out within minutes of placing the order.




And we had no sooner started in on the salads than our meal was brought to the table! Literally in less than 10 minutes of ordering, our entire meal was in front of us! Cracker Barrel always has great service, but this was above and beyond the norm.


As expected, the meal was delicious. The roast beef was super-tender, seasoned just right and smothered in gravy and onions. The mashed potatoes were just like homemade, and the hashbrown casserole was just perfect. C ordered the Low-Carb Roast Beef dinner, with a salad, mac n' cheese and hashbrown casserole. She said her meal was delicious as well, and had been cooked to perfection. 


So, when you take a trip to Branson, be sure to visit Cracker Barrel for a good ol' down-home meal that you don't have to cook! The Branson Cracker Barrel is conveniently located right on Hwy 76, "the Strip" so you don't have to go far off the path of shows and attractions!


One of my readers will receive a "Gold Card" which entitles the holder to FREE dining for 2 (including drinks) at Cracker Barrel!



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133 comments:

  1. I like their chicken and dumplings.

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  2. My closest Cracker Barrel is in Huntsville AL.

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  3. The closest one is in OKC.

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  4. their steaks are fabulous

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  5. The pot pie sounds good.
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  6. The nearest one is about 25 miles away in Conroe, TX--not bad.
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  7. I love their pancakes and hot maple syrup.

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  10. The nearest Cracker Barrel is in Jonesville, NC 20 miles away

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  11. I LOVE their Dumplings! So yummy

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  12. Chicken fried steak ....yum yum!

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  13. The closest cracker barrel to me is about 2 miles :)

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  14. I absolutely love their pancakes...they are soft in the middle and crispy on the outside...yum!!! I also love the miniature syrup bottles they give you!

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  15. Our closest one is just in the next city over. It takes about 8 minutes to get there.

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  16. The Tenderloin Steak* n' Biscuits with Steak Fries looks amazing, and their Crustless Coconut Cream Pie sounds awesome too.

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  17. I entered the Coldstone Creamery giveaway.

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  18. I would have the Country Fried Steak and a Baked Apple Dumplin for dessert.Yum
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  19. There is one in Morehead, KY 34 miles from my house. I didn't even know it was there till now! It just opened a few months ago and I would really enjoy the country ride going there to eat a Sunday dinner.
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  20. I love their chicken & dumplings, mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  21. There is a Cracker Barrel in Toledo?Maumee! mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  22. I entered the Cold Stone give-away, mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  23. I like their breakfasts with grits and stewed apples or their chicken and dumplings.

    Nancy
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  24. Our closest one is in Davenport.

    Nancy
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  26. OMG - this is so one of our Branson favorites too! We love the breakfast that has the bacon, eggs and yogurt parfait!
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  27. I entered your $20.00 Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card giveaway
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  28. My closest Cracker Barrel is Branson, MO!
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  29. I love the new Sweet Potato Pancakes! Yum!

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  30. i like theGrandpa's Country Fried Breakfast
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  32. I've only been once...but I love their sandwiches!

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  33. I entered your Miche giveaway!

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  34. -Favorite: Fried Chicken Tenderloin Dinner

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  35. Mu closest one is in East Windsor, CT - about 20 minutes away from me!

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  36. I like the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich platter.
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  37. Closest one to us is Des Moines, IA.

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  38. chicken and dumplings are my fav
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  40. Country Fried Steak! Mmmm....

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  41. There is a Cracker barrel in the next town: Florence, SC

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  42. I absolutely love the chicken and dumplings!

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  43. closest one is in Chesapeake, only 15 minutes away :)

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  44. My favorite thing at Cracker Barrel is the Sweet Potato Pancakes. Our closest Cracker Barrel is about an hour away.

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  45. Homemade Chicken n' Dumplins
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  47. i love their meatloaf dinner!

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  48. I love their Grilled Chicken Salads! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  49. Nearest Cracker Barrel is a ways away but it is worth the trip.

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  50. I would like a grilled pork chop. thanks
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  52. We live about 30 minutes from the one in Fishkill NY. Thanks
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  53. Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes

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  55. Nearest location is 1370 N. Main St, Summerville, SC (right in town)

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  56. I always get their chicken fried chicken! Delicious!

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  57. I'm also entering your Charley's Subs giveaway!

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  58. We have a lot of Cracker Barrels around us...the closest about 8 miles away!

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  60. Commented on the medievil review. :)

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  61. Commented on the smart phone review. :)

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  63. Blueberry pancakes!

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  64. entered in the bobs red mill giveaway

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  65. entered in the charleys gift card giveaway

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  67. Love their coca cola chocolate cake

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  68. Farm Raised Catfish Fillet
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  69. Our closest is in North Canton, OH
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  70. chicken and dumplings are my favorite!

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  71. The closest is Hylan Dr, Henrietta NY 9.58 mi away

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  72. I like the Farm-raised catfish meal!

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  73. Our closest Cb is 100 miles away.

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  74. I LOVE their Mac & Cheese. It is the best!

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  75. My closest is Davenport, IA.

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  76. Oh I love the Country Fried Steak! So good!
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  77. I have a Cracker Barrel about 5 miles away in Lakeville!
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  78. I love their Thanksgiving Dinner.
    My family celebrated Thanksgiving there and loved it.

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  80. I entered the Cold Stone Creamery $10.00 Gift Card giveaway

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  81. I love Cracker Barrels Homemade Chicken n' Dumplins dinner platter. :) Jeanne

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  82. The closest Cracker Barrel to me is about 2 hours away in Morgantown, WV. :)Jeanne

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  84. My favorite meal at Cracker Barrel is their exceptionally delicious thick sourdough bread FRENCH TOAST and a side of FRIED APPLES! Yummy yum yum! and that is exactly what I am going to order for my meal if I win! : D

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  86. We have a Cracker Barrel only a short drive away at :
    45525 North I-94 Service Road
    Belleville, MI 48111-2466
    I-94 & Belleville Road
    Exit 190
    17.34 mi
    (734) 697-5299

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  88. Honestly I love their breakfast! I love the Old Timer's breakfast and their hashbrown casserole and biscuits are amazing!

    Jamie

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  89. The closest one to me is in Cool Springs mall area in Franklin TN.

    Jamie

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  90. My favorite meal is the bowl of pinto beans and cornbread muffins.

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  91. The closest to me is in Mesquite Tx. We eat there about once a month.

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  94. I would love to try the Country Chef Salad.

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  95. One of my closest would be the one in Rockford, IL. :D

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  96. I entered the Charley's Subs giveaway.

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  98. I love getting the vegetable plate, I always get g.beans, mp, fried okra and pintos....their cornbread is so good also.

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  99. We have a Cracker Barrel about 10 mins from our house.....

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  100. Their open-faced roast beef is great

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  101. There are many around us. Centerville OH is the closest

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  102. The closest CB to me? 1401 Kentucky Mills Drive

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  103. I do have one in my area. It is actually a brand new one! It just opened a few months ago. I have not had the chance to go, but if I won, I would have no excuse not to! Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  104. love the Chicken and Dumplings

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  106. I have one 9.55 miles from my house.

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  107. I entered the Charleys giveaway.

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  109. I entered Coldstone giveaway

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  110. I love the Meatloaf and the Chicken & Dumplings. Whatever I order, I also ask for fried okra on the side :)
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  111. We do! We just moved to a very small town (seems small to me, anyway) but we have a Cracker Barrel on the main shopping road! [Whiskey Rd in Aiken, SC]
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  112. I entered Sonic
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  113. I love Creackel barrel chicken and dumplings.

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  114. Closet Crackel Barrel Jonesboro Arkansas or Memphis TN

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  115. I like their coca-cola chocolate cake. It's seasonal, so it's not always on the menu.

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  116. I entered the Sonic giveaway.

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  117. I entered the Cold Stone giveaway.

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  118. I entered your Sonic giveaway. Thanks
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