I know many people like Cracker Barrel and I am happy for each of their "good" experiences. I, on the other hand, did not have a great, first-time experience.
I brought my daughter on a Friday evening for dinner. There was a waiting list, so we took a peek around their General Store. I did enjoy the store and it took my mind of the wait. They had many old-tyme candies from when I was younger as well as some older toys - it brought back lots of memories and my daughter enjoyed looking too.
I was also impressed with the novelty of the "country - back in the day" theme throughout the restaurant as well as the fireplace. We actually got to sit across from the fireplace, which was nice.
It all went bad when I was served my food . I was craving a steak in a bad way - I ordered mine Medium well (no pink) and it came back medium rare - that made me lose my appetite, but they offered to make me something else. I tried the pot roast and this was actually worse - the meat was very fatty and all mushed up - this was no pot roast I grew up with. I was so disappointed, not to mention hungry. They offered to make me something else, in which I passed.
My daughter had a chicken and dumpling meal and she really like it and they also gave her a free ice cream for the trouble.
I suppose I could chock this up as an isolated incident, but for a first time visit, and to walk away without being able to eat - that will have to be my last.