Cracker Barrel

Closest Location: 172 Howard Blvd., Mt. Arlington, N.J. 

Cracker Barrel has the kitschy marketing scheme down pat. It faux-rustic image is anchored by rocking chairs, a general store stocked with retro candy, and those games with the golf tees on each table. Gimmicks aside, the Barrel serves breakfast items, like the ever-popular chicken fried steak, all day long, in addition to some serious home-style eats, like country sausage and biscuits with gravy, and homemade chicken and dumplings. Think of it as chain comfort food.

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