By SARAH ROSE
Glasgow Daily Times
Thanksgiving was a day of many firsts for me. My first southern Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving away from family. My first non-traditional Thanksgiving.
Oh, and it was my first time at Cracker Barrel.
My friend, Chali, and her boyfriend, Jacob, invited my husband, Tim, and I there.
Chali and I called several restaurants beforehand. We couldn’t find anything else open (except for fast food) on Thanksgiving, so we just stuck with Cracker Barrel. We wanted to find something a bit fancier, but we decided the restaurant would be better than having to cook. I will be the first to admit that I’m not a good cook.
Chali called an area Cracker Barrel during mid-afternoon. She wanted to know how long the wait was. When she called, they said it was a two-hour wait. Chali said she rushed down there to have our names put on the list. When she arrived, she was told the wait was only half an hour. Tim and I were there shortly after.
We wanted to check out the Cracker Barrel store before we chowed down. Did I buy something? No. Though the store had its charm, there wasn’t anything that grabbed my attention. It was so crowded that I wasn’t able to get a good look at everything, though.
When we were seated, we were greeted promptly, even though the place was packed full of families. Given the circumstances, I was surprised at how friendly and energetic our waitress was.
As I looked at the menu, I automatically discounted many items. But I’m used to doing that. I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian.
I was told by co-workers that the hashbrown casserole was good. I was also told that their fried okra was good. But I heard that you either love or hate fried okra.
I wanted a huge plate of cheesy hashbrown casserole. Cheese is the main reason why I am not a vegan. I don’t think there can ever be enough cheese on something. Even cheese ice cream almost sounds good. Almost.
Once I was informed that the casserole was just a side, I decided to add some french toast. Yep. I had french toast and hashbrown casserole for Thanksgiving.
I did try fried okra off of my husband’s plate. I liked it. The food I had was good, but not great.
Chali and Jake said they enjoyed most of what they ate. They ordered the “Thanksgiving meal,” which had a variety of popular Thanksgiving fixin’s, such as turkey and sweet potatoes.
I will probably eat at Cracker Barrel again. But I won’t be bringing my husband if I do. He said his meal tasted like cafeteria food.
Sarah Rose is a staff writer for the Glasgow Daily Times. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org