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I went to a Cracker Barrel for the first time to eat. A long time ago, Cracker Barrel used to discriminate against gay people and so I always crossed it off my list of places to eat. It was the only place I ever boycotted. On trips, I did use their restroom.

Anyway, an elderly friend of mine suggested we go there on Friday. I had called her on the spur of the moment to see if she was up to meeting and she was.

We both had grilled trout and veggies. It was delicious. When the check came my friend said why don't we split and she made the decision to add a 30% tip to the bill and instructed the cashier to split specific amount of tip. I still bristle at her making that decision for me, but I chose not to say anything....argh! 30% tip is steep to me, my usual for good service is 20%.

Next time, I'll be more vocal. She is 80 yrs old and sweet....maybe that's the problem. :)

LD
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We both had grilled trout and veggies. It was delicious. When the check came my friend said why don't we split and she made the decision to add a 30% tip to the bill and instructed the cashier to split specific amount of tip. I still bristle at her making that decision for me, but I chose not to say anything....argh! 30% tip is steep to me, my usual for good service is 20%.
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I tend to tip based on the service and the cost of the meal. I might go less than 20 for decent service at an overpriced place and almost always go higher when i eat cheap.

A really good restaurant though expensive i typically go with the 20, because the service there is usually just so good it is meaningful

So, i do not know where CrackerBarrell falls, on the price scale so 30 might not be untoward from my perspective.

I can't eat there, I am from the Northeast and well with my liberal sensibilities i could never eat anywhere with the racist term 'cracker' in the name.

BTW, I would speak up too, or want to, it ticks me off, no matter how well meaning when someone makes decisions above an accepted standard on how to use MY money.
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We both had grilled trout and veggies.
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I love Cracker Barrel and their low-carb menu. And I almost always get the grilled trout. I don't know what they do to their turnip greens, though. I don't like them. They give you three sides, so I get green beans and 2 salads. <g>

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we had broccoli and two salads :)

It was delicious.

low, cost per meal including tax(before tip)$12.61. Waitress was real nice...motherly. :)

oh and low, don't you eat cheese?
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I love Cracker Barrel. I usually order the country pork chop and two sides of veggies - the first being the green beans. Also cheat and eat a half corn muffin even if it does have a smidge of sugar in it - not too noticeable. True Southern cornbread does not have sugar in it. We take the biscuits home to have with a breakfast of scrambled eggs the next morning.

As for the tip, we usually put down 15 to 20% of the bill depending on the service. Sometimes it's good, sometimes not. 30% is pretty steep.

Had no idea C.B. didn't like gays.
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oh and low, don't you eat cheese?
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Was just kidding, though I have never eaten at the restaurant, I really enjoy their aged reserve extra sharp cheddar, for a relatively inexpensive(when on sale<grin>) cheddar it is quite good IMO
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LuckyDog: 30% tip is steep to me, my usual for good service is 20%.

30% is steep. My oldest DD is a Bob Evans server, and if what she tells me is right, your 80 y.o. friend doesn't reflect what lots of people (give or take...) her age do. Some of them are stuck in either the spare change days or the days of 10%. And that's for attentive service while they occupy a table too long and prevent the server from turning it over.....not good. Your 30% may have offset a "stiffer," too.
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buffalo,

what I was referring to was back in the 80's. I googled to find something to post but found this July,2013 news about a former employee suing claiming gay discrimination.

LD

for what it's worth, boycotts don't work imho. witness the WalMart haters.

the food was good and that's why I eat at restaurants. :)

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Cracker Barrel Sued For Discrimination Over Employee Being Gay
Submitted by News Desk 2 on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 14:11

Tampa, Fla. -

John Bostick has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Tampa claiming he had been discriminated against and treated unfairly because he was gay.

In his suit, Bostick claims he was hired by Cracker Barrel in 2008 as a manager trainee and worked in the Brandon Florida restaurant where experienced coworkers making comments such as a manager telling other employees he's "afraid he'll catch AIDS".

Bostick claims he reported the incident to management who refused to take action.

The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay rights in its ruling striking down DOMA stating same sex partners who are legally married have the same rights to benefits as opposite sex marriages and the the federal governments definition of a marriage of one man and one woman was unconstitutional because it had overstepped its authority.

In its ruling, it did not address same sex marriage directly, instead deferring whether same sex marriage should be allow on a state by state case.

In Florida, marriage is currently defined as a union between one man and one woman.

TFNJ contacted Cracker Barrel who refused to comment.
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In his suit, Bostick claims he was hired by Cracker Barrel in 2008 as a manager trainee and worked in the Brandon Florida restaurant where experienced coworkers making comments such as a manager telling other employees he's "afraid he'll catch AIDS".

Bostick claims he reported the incident to management who refused to take action.


If that's his smoking gun, I'd say that he needs to develop a thicker skin.
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If that's his smoking gun, I'd say that he needs to develop a thicker skin.
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I gotta admit, I bit my tongue, but basically, I was going with a you gotaa be spittin me
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The food there is pretty good.
Service is generally good as well.
Tend to be loud - I find there are more and more
restaurants where you can hear conversations several tables
away but hearing the person across the table is a real strain.

Howie52
Could it possibly be that I am getting on in years?

Sorry, I didn't catch that.
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" I can't eat there, I am from the Northeast and well with my liberal sensibilities i could never eat anywhere with the racist term 'cracker' in the name. ..."

cracker |'krak?r|
noun
1 a thin, crisp wafer often eaten with cheese or other savory toppings.
2 a person or thing that cracks.
• a person who breaks into a computer system, typically for an illegal purpose. computer crackers will push the outer limits of network security.
• an installation for cracking hydrocarbons: a catalytic cracker.
3 often offensive another term for poor white.
4 Brit. informal a fine example of something: don't miss this cracker of a CD.
5 chiefly Brit.a paper cylinder that is pulled apart at Christmas or other celebrations, making a sharp noise and releasing a small toy or other novelty.
• a firework that explodes with a sharp noise.


Would you refuse to go to a cat owners house because they have a pet with a pornographic connotation?
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Would you refuse to go to a cat owners house because they have a pet with a pornographic connotation?
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No, I love pornographic connotations!
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Would you refuse to go to a cat owners house because they have a pet with a pornographic connotation

He was being facetious and sarcastic taking a poke at liberals.
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I would have a problem if it was named "Honky Barrel".
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I would have a problem if it was named "Honky Barrel".
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Yet you be likely just fine going to a Honky Tonk

i can never figures out you crackers!
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I know that.just kidding along.

Love their Momma's Pancake Breakfast & the Meatloaf for lunch.
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look who's talking out of one side of their mouths.....low....you know you like honky tonk women......

Rolling Stones 4 yrs ago....apparentable they have inflatables at their concerts.

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7m7qJwlSPmoAKArBGOd_;_ylu...
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oops, that wasn't a good link.....how about this one?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVqLsnModU&feature=related...
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well dang, some reason yahoo doesn't allow, so the yolk is on me.

:)
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Friggin' stand still Mick you jackass! Sorry, it's my Stones pet peeve, why doesn't he stand still and belt out the song instead of sounding all winded and cutting everything off! He didn't always do that, in my opinion he ruins the show, i was at the Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge tours, i think my large venue concert days are over.
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Doesn't this sound 4000% better?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KyFrDY1hz8
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oh so you could see the video. My iPad was all weird I could find the video but after posting to board I couldn't access it. arghhh yahoo!

What I noticed about the video was that the music was good but the singing is not what I remembered it to be....ragged. The blow up doll was bizarre.....The Stones in a porn shop. Porn Shop Boys!
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Doesn't this sound 4000% better?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KyFrDY1hz8

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Oh yeah, much better and I like watching young men playing rock not grand-dads. :) it's a little disturbing. :)
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speaking of disturbing, Bob Dylan singing at a concert. His next one is in October in Oslo.

I can wait. :)

LD
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look who's talking out of one side of their mouths.....low....you know you like honky tonk women......

Rolling Stones 4 yrs ago....apparentable they have inflatables at their concerts.
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Hey, Any port in a storm, I have been lucky in life, but heck an inflatable in time of need, well, what the heck......
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well dang, some reason yahoo doesn't allow, so the yolk is on me.

:)
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Word of advice folks, let sleeping dogs lie, don't egg her on
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Doesn't this sound 4000% better?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KyFrDY1hz8


Yes, better. Great year, 1969.

Keith Richards made Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed this year. Interesting and most newsworthy.

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2013/08/photos-best-dressed-...

Mick has made various top most stylish rock musicians lists, including being number 1 now and again--I don't think he has ever made Vanity Fair's international list though, evidently THE list to make.

http://www.complex.com/style/2013/01/the-50-most-stylish-roc...
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Hey, Any port in a storm, I have been lucky in life, but heck an inflatable in time of need, well, what the heck......

I saw a segment on TV about this.

https://www.realdoll.com
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well dang, some reason yahoo doesn't allow, so the yolk is on me.

:)
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Word of advice folks, let sleeping dogs lie, don't egg her on
low

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synchro!!!!!! I had Eggbeater pancakes this morning. :)
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speaking of disturbing, Bob Dylan singing at a concert. His next one is in October in Oslo.

I can wait. :)


Bob Dylan has written some pretty decent songs.

But every time I've heard him I've wondered if he plans to someday learn to *speak* English, or to sing.
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speaking of disturbing, Bob Dylan singing at a concert. His next one is in October in Oslo.

I can wait. :)

Bob Dylan has written some pretty decent songs.

But every time I've heard him I've wondered if he plans to someday learn to *speak* English, or to sing.
warrl

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I remember watching a documentary about him and when he was coming up he basically just copied others singing styles...he's a copier but his voice has always been unpleasing to me, now so even more. I read that people walk out of his concerts. In the WSJ last yr or longer, they had an article about when old singers/bands should hang it up.

You couldn't pay me to go to one of his concerts.

LD
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I've eating at Cracker Barrel a few times in the past. It is not vegan friendly. Even the veggies are cooked in pork fat. I did not enjoy my meal at all.

Places that think iceburg lettuce is a salad does not exactly enamor my taste buds.

The place is a heart attack hotel.

But it's been 10 years or so since my last visit. Perhaps they've changed.

Metal
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my friend and I are clean eaters, in OA for decades so if we can eat there it's pretty darn good.

We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion. Water and coffee.

Here's the menu:

http://www.crackerbarrel.com/restaurant/lunch-and-dinner-men...
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decath, it has on that site that they use seasonings that are meat based.

I would guess a strict vegan would have a hard time eating out because of seasonings and meat based fat used to cook beans and other things in.

Going to a Whole Foods or other type grocery store with big food bar where you can pick fresh fruit and all sorts of veggies is the way to go. Carrying almonds/nuts/etc for protein as well. By now, you have your work-arounds. :)

LD
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oh and low, don't you eat cheese?
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Was just kidding, though I have never eaten at the restaurant, I really enjoy their aged reserve extra sharp cheddar, for a relatively inexpensive(when on sale<grin>) cheddar it is quite good IMO



The Baron has never eaten at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, but he does remember that the cheese was good.

This afternoon The Baron used up his second coupon for a free entrée at Noodles & Company with purchase of a glass of wine or beer. The Baron finds he's more sensitive to alcohol than he used to be. He suspects it's due to the blood pressure meds he's taking. A mere three ounces of wine and he developed a pleasant glow and was almost tipsy. And now, several hours later, he is suffering from a dull headache. There's always a price to be paid for having a good time. Or so it seems.
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30% is steep. My oldest DD is a Bob Evans server, and if what she tells me is right, your 80 y.o. friend doesn't reflect what lots of people (give or take...) her age do. Some of them are stuck in either the spare change days or the days of 10%. And that's for attentive service while they occupy a table too long and prevent the server from turning it over.....not good. Your 30% may have offset a "stiffer," too.


The Baron has noticed that the people who tip the most generously tend to be those who wait tables for a living or who have done so in the past. 30 to 33 percent among this group is not uncommon. He guesses it's because such people know what it is like to have to depend on tips for quite a large portion of one's income.
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Friggin' stand still Mick you jackass! Sorry, it's my Stones pet peeve, why doesn't he stand still and belt out the song instead of sounding all winded and cutting everything off! He didn't always do that, in my opinion he ruins the show, i was at the Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge tours, i think my large venue concert days are over.


Gotta give him credit, though. He's what, 70? And still appears to have the body of a taut, preteen Swedish boy.
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my friend and I are clean eaters, in OA for decades so if we can eat there it's pretty darn good.

We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion. Water and coffee.



Hopefully your broccoli wasn't cooked in pork fat.

I know people who wouldn't eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.
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I would guess a strict vegan would have a hard time eating out because of seasonings and meat based fat used to cook beans and other things in.


That's why I love living in such a great food city as Chicago. Here you can find just about any type of restaurant you want, including those that cater to vegan sensibilities.
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"A mere three ounces of wine and he developed a pleasant glow and was almost tipsy. And now, several hours later, he is suffering from a dull headache. There's always a price to be paid for having a good time. Or so it seems." - TheBaronAndrew
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"Life ain't a bowl of cherries you know kiddo!" - Art's mom
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my friend and I are clean eaters, in OA for decades so if we can eat there it's pretty darn good.

We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion. Water and coffee.
LD


Hopefully your broccoli wasn't cooked in pork fat.

I know people who wouldn't eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.
Baron
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No, food wasn't greasy or oily at all. It was perfect.
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We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion.

How do you eat a salad, especially with croutons, with no dressing? Are you a rabbit? ;-)

Found this the other day so I can take my flaxseed oil + champagne vinegar dressing with me to restaurants.

http://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-Dressing-Salad-Container-2-...
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We stopped at a Cracker Barrel while driving cross country to move a son for graduate school. The cost of the meal was so low compared to back home that I tipped as if we were at home. It amounted to 30-35%. We've had friends who were servers and have heard many of their tipping stories, both good and bad.
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tele likes the Cracker Barrel. They have country ham which you can't get in most restaurants. I like the olde style country ham and you can have a nice dinner for under $9 at most of them. Drinks add more $$$ if you want soft drink or ice tea.

I'm now in NY state enjoying the nice cool weather while it is a steamy 95 in Dallas. Here, it might get up to 85. It was down to 52 in the morning in the mtms here.....and over at 'the lake' was 60s at night and 70s in the day. Wonderful.

t.
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We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion.

How do you eat a salad, especially with croutons, with no dressing? Are you a rabbit? ;-)

Found this the other day so I can take my flaxseed oil + champagne vinegar dressing with me to restaurants.

http://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-Dressing-Salad-Container-2-......
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it started a long time ago. After high school, I found myself weighing the max on my scale...my trusty Borg mechanical scale....max was 300 lbs. I was horrified because I had just read Jean Nidetch's autobiography about the founding of Weight Watcher's. In that book, a story was in there about weighing so much the person had to go to a truck scale to get weighed. Ugh! I didn't want that to happen, plus I was tired of being so obese and unhappy, never having dated, no friends...anyway, it was a beginning. In that book was the original food plan which was from the NY Dept. of Health. The original was much stricter then....no beer, wine, peanuts, substitutions, none of that mess. (They sold to a big conglomerate where they watered down the program)

Anyway, no dressing was allowed, they suggested mustard to hold things together like with tuna fish so I got used to having it plain. Sometimes, I use a no sugar dressing, for the most part I don't. I learned how to eat on that plan and lost 100 lbs. I started walking, then running. And after I lost 100 lbs and started going to WW meetings and they had all these substitutions, the very thing Jean N. railed against in the book as set ups to overeat. I started eating the sugar filled WW desserts...it was a mess, then my father got cancer in early 80 and I stopped running and started drinking again. On original WW plan, alcohol wasn't allowed. I may have been low in weight when I started going out and drinking but drinking makes you forget things like don't eat all those nuts and chips and stuff while drinking.

Anywho, I also got used to drinking skim milk which was all weird at first.
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We had grilled trout, broccoli, tossed salad, no dressing, just croutons, another salad which was cuke, tomato and onion.

How do you eat a salad, especially with croutons, with no dressing? Are you a rabbit? ;-)



Heh. Reminded me of a time many years ago when I was at a friend's house for dinner along with another mutual friend. I don't recall the exact details, but the friend served salad but hadn't yet put dressing on it. I think he intended to but forgot.

The other friend bellowed, "Are you going to serve the salad undressed?!"

Like it was the Scandal of the Century or something. Like Ma and Pa Costanza fussing over how their future in-laws didn't serve cake after the meal. The things that get some people oh, so upset...
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