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Cracker Barrel - Orlando / Florida Guide

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We had passed the Cracker Barrel restaurant situated on the Highway 192 many times before we decided to try it. We were intrigued by the veranda at the front of the restaurant with the rocking chairs on display! It just reminded us of a typical American colonial style home.

Our first visit was for lunch. We walked in and to our surprise the entrance door leads to a fabulous store which is packed with all sorts of memorabilia depicting styles of times gone by. There is a vast array of household items, many being kitchen utensils and décor. There are soft toys and other children’s gifts, a selection of CDs, a limited selection of clothing as well as biscuits and sweets. There are plenty ideas for souvenirs to take back home with you to remind you of your stay in Florida, but the difference with the Cracker Barrel store compared to some others is that the souvenirs are of a good quality.

On our first visit, lunch was delayed as I spent so long in the shop!

Purchases complete, we were shown to our table. The menu is very interesting as it is traditional home cooked ‘old American’ style, with delights such as beef and dumplings, meatloaf and apple pie. Whilst waiting for the meal to arrive we spotted that every table has a game of solitaire so we of course had to have a go! Before we knew it the meal arrived.

At lunch time we always have a soft drink, so it wasn’t until we returned some days later to try dinner that we realised that Cracker Barrel doesn’t sell alcohol! We hadn’t noticed this when we had visited the first time! We remarked as to how unusual this is for a restaurant, but as we always eat our dinner fairly early in the evening when in Florida, and then go back home to our villa to have a drink, this didn’t really bother us. It clearly doesn’t bother the other diners either as we have always found Cracker Barrel to be well patronised.

The prices at Cracker Barrel are very reasonable. The traditional old fashioned menu is interesting for us Brits and the option to also spend some time browsing the store either before or after the meal is a huge plus for shopaholics like me!

On the way out don’t forget to have your camera ready to take a photo of one of the family sitting in a rocking chair on the veranda!

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