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Saturday, January 1, 2011

EATS: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Binghamton, NY

My last gluttonous hurrah before the New Year was at Cracker Barrel in Binghamton. I first heard of this establishment through Tribble & Mancenido while they were working on their project, Hurry Up & Wait in which they were on the road photographing America's trucking culture for over a year. The couple said that a pit stop at any Cracker Barrel location during a cross country drive is a must. Cracker Barrel is renowned for serving old-fashioned home cooked meals. Who would want to eat at your average fast food joint after a long drive anyway? I know I don't. Stopping by was definitely a treat as it was an adventure in its own- beginning with shopping at the amazing General Store and then ending it with a delicious meal and a happy full belly!
The Store Front which is pretty much a standard look for all its branches throughout the U.S.
Upon entering its doors, you begin to experience that "country" feel and nostalgia.
You can purchase an old-school rocking chair for only $129!
Vintage Hershey's Chocolate Bar!
Do you remember thin sticks?
They offer an variety of vintage treats from gumballs, sodas and even Moon pies!
Baking Supplies and goodies. Do you see the huge country ham?
More Vintage candies!
Valomilk.. YUM! Anything with chocolate and marshmallows is good by me!
Sky Bar! Four different flavors in one yummy candy bar :)
Don't you just love Peanut Brittle?
Vintage toys for the kiddies! Love the wind up ones.. 
@KnownAsAdi about to experience her first Cracker Barrel experience just like me and Mr. Fox!
We didn't realize Macaroni 'n' Cheese was considered a "Vegetable" amongst many other choices from the list! Haha!
Complimentary corn muffins and biscuits :D
Frosty Beverages: Raspberry Lemonade and Apple Cider
Mr. Fox decided to get meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a double side of Macaroni 'n' Cheese which he enjoyed and was later on a food comatose shortly after.. haha
I ordered the Haddock Dinner with Macaroni 'n' Cheese and Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecans. The Haddock was pretty good- lightly fried and not that greasy. I had to sprinkle some lemon juice to enhance the flavor. The Mac 'n' Cheese was pretty good.. very cheesy! The macaroni was a little overcooked though. The best part was the Sweet Potato Casserole- sweet and velvety with little crunchy pecans in every bite! AMAZING!
My third side was Fried Okra which was ok. The Okra was too soft- I'm used to a firmer texture. The breading was too thick. 
We didn't eat dessert because after we devoured our food we were ready to take a nap! BUT how bizarre is this dessert option- a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake??? I think I'll definitely pass on this one!
The decor was nostalgic- straight out of a old country home!
The old school paraphernalia especially the shot gun and taxidermy was pretty interesting...
The Huge billboard facing the highway.
I had a great time at the Cracker Barrel! They definitely know how to preserve that nostalgic feel. The food was definitely filling and a little bit overwhelming but I guess if you're hungry and have been sitting in a car all day long, going to a Cracker Barrel is something to look forward to.


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
876 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
607.722.5006
www.crackerbarrel.com

2 comments:

  1. Wow! What great pictures and write-up! Glad you made it up- there are so many more places to try when you come again. In the summer - the Ithaca Farmer's market is a place to exprerience.

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