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Old 06-24-2007, 08:18 AM
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Wife and I walked in this morning right on 6:00 when they opened - first customers there - still only one other customer by the time we left!

Service was excellent - actually one-on-one!

We had to get up to take our daughter to meet the bus for the school safety patrol Washington DC trip.

Is it just me or does CB have the most limited menu out there? It seems like the same 10 items rehashed (pun intended) in many different combinations.

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Old 06-24-2007, 08:51 AM
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A very limited menu.....I don't like them. I cannot believe they are as busy as they are...mediocre food at best. I guess as long as you don't charge more than 8 bucks, people will settle for that. The last couple of times I ate there the food arrived cold, service is spotty,and wait times are terrible. Be sure to have at least 45 minutes to cool your heels while waiting for a table at 9AM on a Saturday.
There is a locally-owned restaurant here in Greenville, SC that has the best breakfasts I have ever had....no matter how busy they have been I have never waited more than 15 minutes to get seated. Great service, great food, generous portions, reasonable prices. No wonder I just pass by the CB......
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:58 AM
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So Wolakrab, what is the name of that restuarant? We have only gone to CB a couple of times as they are not located too close to us. IMHO, they are ok...would only grab breakfast or lunch there, if we wanted a dinner, we would venture somewhere else...
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:03 AM
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Eat at Hooters
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:09 AM
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Wolakrab - 6/24/2007 8:51 AM

A very limited menu.....I don't like them. I cannot believe they are as busy as they are...mediocre food at best. I guess as long as you don't charge more than 8 bucks, people will settle for that. The last couple of times I ate there the food arrived cold, service is spotty,and wait times are terrible. Be sure to have at least 45 minutes to cool your heels while waiting for a table at 9AM on a Saturday.
There is a locally-owned restaurant here in Greenville, SC that has the best breakfasts I have ever had....no matter how busy they have been I have never waited more than 15 minutes to get seated. Great service, great food, generous portions, reasonable prices. No wonder I just pass by the CB......
I agree....I have never understood the long lines I constantly see at those places. If you want a consistently good breakfast that is absolutely packed with trans fats you have to go to Waffle House.

FWIW trivia - WH is the #1 seller of t-bone steaks in the country......seriously.
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:17 AM
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Our CB is store #3 in the chain which started in Lebanon, TN. Ours is a training store and the only complaint I've had in all the years I've been going there is that my chocolate cobbler recently was cool in the middle rather than being hot and fudgy. But once in 20+ years is not bad.The menu islimited butDad alwaystold me that sometimes your best bet is to do 1 thing really well. I cant say the same for CB's in other areas. I think a lot of that has to do with employees and the local pool of potential employees. For example for 10 yrs the local Shoneys had sukky food and as a result it was hard to hire good employees so service sukked too. It closed down, sold, and reopened 2 or 3 yrs later mediocre.

I prefer Huddle House to Waffle House (sometimes referred to as Awful House.... LOLOL).
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:14 AM
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Beats the snot outta McDonalds ~

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Old 06-24-2007, 11:44 AM
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TrollnHeel - 6/24/2007 10:03 AM

Eat at Hooters
Very limited menu there, too. But the SERVICE!!!!!
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:54 AM
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Soulless chain food.
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:29 PM
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farmerjane - 6/24/2007 11:14 AMBeats the snot outta McDonalds ~


That's not hard to do.
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Old people love it and will wait in line for it.
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:51 PM
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Stax Original and Stax Omega. Stax Omega is the one I go to...good stuff. Stax Original was the first restaurant owned by the family that operate them...they have a total of 5 now. They run the gamut from 5-star fine dining to a meat & three....if you're ever in Greenville make sure you eat at Stax Omege for breakfast--you'll see where I am coming from.
I'd eat at the Huddle House or Waffle House before I'd go to CB...not that they are bad...but they are better than standing in line.
One thing you have to give CB...they have nice rocking chairs to pass the time in while you are on the waiting list.
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cerichcreek - 6/24/2007 9:17 AM
I prefer Huddle House to Waffle House (sometimes referred to as Awful House.... LOLOL).
My bad, I meant to say Huddle House.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:35 PM
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Redfish44 - 6/24/2007 1:33 PM Old people love it and will wait in line for it.
Reminds me of a story..........I have a close family friend that runs a wait staff at a Olive Garden in Naples, FL. According to her it is a common occurrence for some particular older customers to come and complain about the service..........the food.......whatever it is......they complain. According to her its Olive Gardens policy to give out gift certificates to any complainers. She has one customer that comes in and consistently get one. She wants to call BS on them, but its OG policy.

One day sheis ina Cracker Barrel and guess who's there.........same couple pulling the same BS on CB.Its amazing what some people will do.

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Old 06-24-2007, 05:18 PM
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So far as I know we have only one CB here in NH. I like the food they have but agree the menu is limited. I like places with breakfast all day long because sometimes I am hungry but dont have an appetit for normal dinner fare.
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It's hard to screw up an egg. Even the military has good eggs.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:27 PM
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I won't eat at Cracker Barrel anymore. I went to the one in Naples, Florida the morning the found like 5 employees hog tied and their throats cut by a former employee. Has nothing to do with Cracker Barrel, but it just gives me the willies everytime I see one of their signs. I used to go to that one all the time.
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Hey Wiley, Whats with the

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Is something with the new "owners" software?
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cerichcreek - 6/24/2007 9:17 AM

prefer Huddle House to Waffle House (sometimes referred to as Awful House.... LOLOL).
We always referred to it as the..... "awful waffle"

My wife is from St. Louis and when we are there she always wants to eat at a place called Uncle Bills. I never cared for it much. A breakfast place that doesn't serve biscuits n gravy isn't a breakfast place. Don't get me started on that crappy St. Louis pizza (Imos) that the locals love.
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:50 PM
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When towing something CB is great. Always have Motor home and RV parking. Never was hassled when I parked with my boat either.

No matter where you are in the US you will get the same food. Was nice to get some grits in Elkhart Indiana one COLD morning when I was passin through. SO I look for them while on the road. No surprises. I KNOW what I will get to eat.

I like to get the dumplins myself every chance I get.

Ate this morning at the CB in Slidell this morning. Was towin my fiver (38 footer) on the way to Navarre, FL. Easy in, easy out filling breakfast. (Got the pecan pancakes)
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