Restaurant review: Cracker Barrel (Marietta)

by Mark Gresham | 22 Apr 2018

Cracker Barrel
2150 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
American, Traditional

⭐⭐ 2 stars

I had never been to this particular Cracker Barrel, but decided to try it on a Sunday when I had some time to make the drive for the drive itself (none are within 10 miles of me, this one 17 miles). Hostess was very friendly and cheerful, wait staff and cashier pleasant enough for their jobs. Table for one easy, immediate, as no crowd and a choice of open tables.

I ordered grilled trout, mashed potatoes, fried okra, biscuits and just water to drink. The big disappointment was the trout (thus the 2-star rating) which was so small and flat that I thought I’d need a microscope to find it on the plate. Really, it was just a few bites worth and greasy at that. (The old restaurant joke, “How did you find your [trout]?” came to mind.) Mashed potatoes and okra were ordinary, like out of a grocery store box of spud flakes for the former, gravy not even offered as an option and had to ask for butter, which I was told was with the forthcoming biscuits. Biscuits were good, typical of Cracker Barrel. I don’t recall being asked if I wanted dessert, but by this time had decided not to bother anyway. Total cost: $7.99 plus taxes and tip.

Service was quick, the meal went quickly. The restaurant was clean, not crowded or chaotic, not loud. Were it not for the thing that vaguely passed for a serving of trout, I might have given this Cracker Barrel a higher rating. The greeting of the hostess and less crowded environment had made me think better was in store, but, alas, no. Perhaps my experience was an exception, and I just happened to get dinged this time. ■

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