Cracker Barrel Shares Original Menu And Little-Known Facts To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Cracker Barrel is celebrating it’s fiftieth anniversary right now, and to mark the occasion, the restaurant chain is revealing little-known facts about its early years, including a look into the first-ever menu it served.

Cracker Barrel have 660 location across 45 states today with the first-ever restaurant was opened on September 19, 1969, in Lebanon, Tennessee, by Dan Evins. The first menu looked quite a bit different from the way it looks now, and in fact, you might not even be able to read it!

The first Cracker Barrel menu was written by hand on a brown paper bag and had “country-fied” spellings for the menu items, such as “brakfast,” “aigs” (for eggs), “sanwiches,” “sho nuff hambergers,” “cow juice,” and “lonies and crackers,”  known as Bologna. While the famous buttermilk pancakes were also on the menu, they were referred to as “griddle cakes.”

Cracker Barrel started adding to the menu in the 1980s, including a section called “Coffee Treats.” Daily Specials were added to the menu in 1988, at which time milkshakes were listed as a breakfast item. It was not until 1992 when the ice cream treat was moved, and lunch and dinner started being offered only beginning at 11 a.m.

The menu has greatly expanded over the years, and it now includes two of the most popular items served at the restaurant: Momma’s Pancake Breakfast and Hashbrown Casserole. Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran said that she is proud that the restaurant retains its original atmosphere.

“Cracker Barrel has been one of America’s beloved home-away-from-homes for 50 years, serving as a familiar sign that greets travelers and local communities alike,” Cochran said.

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