NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I have been a long-time customer of Cracker Barrel, & had the idea that they were a good, home-sweet-home restaurant. Well it hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard what some of my friends who are current employees had to say about the establishment.
The managers constantly screw up schedule requests. One girl told them early on that she had to pick up her child at a certain time, so she had to be off by then. They agreed to this. When her shift came around, they held her longer than they agreed to. She stayed as long as she could, but finally had to clock out and leave (of course). She was terminated immediately. A cashier was robbed by a scamming customer that played a word game with the cashier, and walked away with $50! The problem: they took that money right out of the cashier's paycheck, and told him they wouldn't go after the criminal because it would cost $65.
These employees dedicated hundreds of hours to the company, but they just go and treat them like money bags to pull from. Even The Golden Corral treats its employees better than Cracker Barrel! This place is HELL to work at - just ask an employee. PLEASE don't patronize this sell-out, money-hungry, corrupted HELL HOLE!
SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Less than a month ago on a Friday night I tried their fried fish special. It didn't taste fresh fried or feel it either. It was dry and warm like it was cooked that morning and kept in a warming oven all day to simply be plucked out and served. Vegetables like mashed potatoes and mac & cheese appear the same way. Only the green beans simmered in water appeared hot. Sent food back and my same plate was returned only to have been microwaved.
Last night I ordered grilled chicken breast smothered with pepperjack cheese and peppers. Sent it back twice to be reheated, same plate I had because I dipped from everything to see what else was "warm" after the first time I sent it back only to have it slightly warmer. I refuse to pay for food to be microwaved and be called dinner out. Even fast food places in Sherman serve hotter food than this.
Maybe a call to the health department to check their food temps will fix it or get them shut down once and for all. Oh and our server said she would tell the manager. He never came to our table or any others to see how the food or service was. He stood outside of the kitchen, looking at what must have been daily tally sheets.
COVINGTON, LOUISIANA -- Let me start by saying we have 4 kids and they all love Cracker Barrel. We travel all the time, and can't tell you how many we have been to. This is the second time we have ordered from here. The first time was a week after it opened. Service was horrible, they could have cared less, food took forever to receive, order was incorrect & food did not taste anything like what we are used to and all this with no apology. We didn't complain, figured since they were new and young hires that maybe it was just an off day because of being so new.
Tonight we ordered take out, put on hold several times, and again order was wrong but this time we did not even receive part of our order. My husband called to complain, again put on hold but not to speak to the manager simply because they didn't feel like dealing with it. We asked to speak to manager after and they told us they were not available nor did they even ask what we would like to do about our missing food. They just flatly did not care.
We have never had this kind of service or treatment from another Cracker Barrel, and we were happy when we found out they were building one here, unfortunately we will never be bringing our money here again. We will drive to SliDell like we always have. Pretty sad when we only live in Madisonville. If you value your money and don't like your night ruined I would stay away from here.
MOODY, ALABAMA -- This past Saturday, June 20 (I think), after running around my sister all day, I came home to get my fiance. I suggested we go eat and he told me to choose. I told him he wouldn't like my choice. At once, he knew I wanted Cracker Barrel. Normally it is not a good experience, but I like their food and their prices so I go expecting poor service. My fiance, always spoiling me, reluctantly agreed to Cracker Barrel. They had a new special: Campfire chicken with veggies or Campfire roast with veggies. I got the chicken and he got the roast. Both meals came out in tin foil (on a plate) like they really were made on a camp grill. Both were excellent!
On top of that, the service we got was perfect! The waiter kept up with our needs without overshadowing us and enjoyed our meals very much. We decided to call the manager over to give to compliment the service and the food (especially the food). The manager was very friendly and conversational but had one very bad piece of news for us: They will only be serving the campfire meals for another 2 weeks! If you live near a Cracker Barrel, I highly recommend trying these dishes before they become a thing of the past.
BARBOURSVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA -- Why did Cracker Barrel stop using pure maple syrup? I have always enjoyed dining at Cracker Barrel whether at home or on vacation. One of the reasons we have sought out this restaurant is because of superior quality food and excellent service. I was extremely disappointed to discover on our last visit that they have changed their "pure maple syrup" to "pure natural syrup" (55% maple and 45% cane).
I feel this is a marketing mistake and it will not go unnoticed. Interestingly when we questioned the waitress and cashier they were not aware of any changes to the syrup or bottle. I don't know if they were playing dumb or if the corporation has not informed its workers of the change.
MILFORD, CONNECTICUT -- I love Cracker Barrel, love the food and store. Also most of the servers are real good and most helpful. But last night was disappointed. Strings had bad taste, fries and string beans very cold. Had the haddock which is always good, and I never had complained. But this has happened in the past, potatoes and veggies cold. Just thought I would bring your attention to it. Because it's a special place and I do like it. Thank you so much. In future if send me any coupons or anything printable. I don't have printer on my computer. Shouldn't be a problem cause you don't send things to print. Get so mad cause so many do and no printer.
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -- Well as a frequent visitor to JOPLIN, MO. Store, they recently went all non-smoking, and I must say I DON'T AGREE with it, and understand that it's a company wide decision.. I'm not a smoker myself but I do believe in individualism and being able to make decisions to one's own body.... Granted that their smoking section is open but it's not fair decision to guests or employees. Then a few days ago I learn the employees can't even smoke no where on the premises nor will they allow them to clock out or take ten minutes to go gather their nerves....
I'm in the customer service field myself like majority of the hard-working people all over the U.S. We all have our own type of "stress ball" relief and only thinking about your guests.... Your employees are what runs your business... you have to give respect to get respect.
FOLEY, ALABAMA -- The restaurant in Foley, Al has left a "bad taste in my mouth again". We have been to this place many times and this is the third time this year we have spent time trying to decide what to order only to hear "Oh we are out of that tonight". We have complained to the manager twice before about this problem and how to simply solve it. Just be sure the waitresses inform the guests of what they are out of when they first greet them at their table. Our waitresses have made us feel it should be no big deal for us to choose something else other than what our taste buds had wanted. I'm losing faith in Cracker Barrel.
CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA -- My family and I went to Cracker Barrel this evening to have dinner. My husband and I arrived first and asked for a table for eight. We were told that we would have to wait until all of our party had arrived. My husband and I travel in a motor coach and have never had this experience at any Cracker Barrel. To make the experience worse when we all did arrive, we were told that we would have to wait for another five minutes to be seated because they had to prepare a table. We have always had good service at Cracker Barrel but I am greatly disappointed at the service we had tonight. This was not a busy night in the restaurant. We will not be returning to that Cracker Barrel.
GAS CITY, INDIANA -- I recently went to Cracker Barrel, for the first time, and had a most unfortunate experience that I must share. Additionally, because of my experience I will certainly recommend against having any of my friends, family, or patients go to for the first time or return to the restaurant. I am a physician currently in a general surgery residency and have a very high sensitivity to cigarette smoke; additionally, I just do not care to be around it for the obvious reasons (health, smell, etc.).
I went to the Gas City, Indiana location and asked to be seated as far away from smoking as possible. After waiting fifteen (15) minutes, I was seated - not an abnormally long or unacceptable wait, in my opinion. There was no smoke in the room when I was seated; however, things would take a turn for the worse very quickly. I found out very soon that I was seated right next to the smoking section. If there were doors or it were "closed off" completely then I would have been fine; however, such was not the case.
I asked to be moved and was informed that I would likely have to wait 20 minutes or longer. Keep in mind that this is after I had already received my food - this is when the inconsiderate people that MUST smoke in a restaurant started doing such. I immediately left the restaurant, as my appetite to eat there was lost, and went to another well-established restaurant.
After sending an e-mail to the corporate office suggesting that if someone says "as far away from smoking as possible" literally means "far away". I received a very snide e-mail in return. It stated, essentially, that it would be quite a pain for them (Cracker Barrel) to create a completely different area for smokers (i.e. doors). Additionally, I was told that Cracker Barrel abides by state and local laws that prevent smoking in certain localities and states in restaurants.
My questions are: Why would Cracker Barrel, in light of scientific findings, allow non-smokers to be contaminated by smokers? Risk a class-action lawsuit by employees that are non-smokers. Just wait and see, this will happen. Just as you cannot ask a person to go into a confined space without a respirator or OSHA will be in your behind, it will happen that restaurants that actively encourage smokers to come will suffer the consequences legally - just wait. Think of the poor lady that is a waitress that must cope with that for twenty to thirty years!
WHY was I just not moved to a section not as close to the smoking section? I had no issue eating at a restaurant where smokers were, regardless of how I feel about them. My issue was simply to be as far away as possible - such did not happen. Why was I not encouraged to return to the restaurant? Is it because they feel they could not possibly be of assistance to non-smokers and having that section is just a ploy? I paid $14.00+ for a meal that I could not eat!
I can assure you that all of my patients will be informed about this situation. Additionally, I know 50+ physicians personally (all non-smokers), I can assure you that they will inform their patients as well! This means that a minimum (BARE minimum) of 5,000 patients will hear this complaint but more likely three times more than that will hear about this! Thanks for the great customer service Cracker Barrel!