Barrel Rolling Deep

The menu at Cracker Barrel features items such as Grandpa’s Country Fried Breakfast and Uncle Herschel’s Favorite. However, if you want a smaller meal consisting of only two eggs, two pieces of bacon (or sausage) and two pancakes, they will gladly serve it to you. The servers refer to the off-menu meal as the “Grandma Sampler.” I discovered the “Grandma Sampler” when I went to breakfast with my wife two weeks ago.

My friend Bean visited Nashville over the weekend. He and his wife went to a Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s concert on Friday and to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. He had a few free hours Saturday afternoon, as did I. We met at the Cracker Barrel in Cookeville, which is about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville.

There are no Cracker Barrel restaurants in Washington state. Bean said he has eaten at a Cracker Barrel in Idaho, which is the closest one to him. He was excited to hear about the “Grandma Sampler,” which is what he ordered. He snapped a photo with his phone. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the old-time cassette sticker on the back of his phone.

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