Jul 5, 2024

Cracker Barrel Tests Menu Revamp

Cracker Barrel's Banana Pudding.
Cracker Barrel looks to become more efficient while still appealing to customers with a huge new menu revamp being tested at 14 select locations in Texas.

The test introduces roughly 20 new items as well as a new menu design "that's easier for guests to navigate and reduces recipe complexities for employees." Translation: it's a more streamlined menu that's easier/faster to prepare, which means, if it rolls out nationally, you might see some of your Cracker Barrel favorites go the way of the dodo.

Some highlights of the new menu test include:

  • Hashbrown Casserole Shepherd's Pie - Braised beef, onions, celery, carrots, peas, and mashed potatoes in a savory sauce, topped with a griddled hashbrown casserole crust and sour cream. A choice of buttermilk biscuits or cornbread muffins is included on the side.
  • Green Chile Cornbread - Cheesy green chile cornbread topped with a drizzle of honey and a dollop of whipped butter.
  • Chicken n' Dumplin Soup - Home-style dumplings, shredded chicken, celery, carrots, and onions in a savory broth. This is an interesting item as Chicken n' Dumplins is a signature dish at Cracker Barrel and this could be an extension of the dish or a replacement (my bet is on the former).
  • Cinnamon Bread French Toast - Cinnamon streusel bread dipped in batter and fried on the griddle. It's then topped with cinnamon and cream cheese icing. On the side are two eggs and a choice of bacon or sausage.
  • Banana Pudding (pictured) - Homestyle banana pudding layered with crushed vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. 

The menu test also sees a revamp of the Daily Specials that includes Lemon Pepper Trout n' Turnip Greens on Mondays, new Southern BBQ Ribs on Saturdays, and Chicken n' Rice on Sundays.

You can find the new test items now through August 5, 2024, at the Texas Cracker Barrel locations in Abilene, Allen, Amarillo, Arlington, Benbrook, Cypress, Houston, Kingwood, Lubbock, Midland, Weatherford, and Wichita Falls.

Photo via Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

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