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Old 10-23-2015, 08:55 PM   #15
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We found folks parked in the RV spots, but in our limited experience we did find space to park. Rest areas segregate trucks and RVs from cars, but with all the trucks on our interstates, they need every parking space they can find. In contrast, car parking is generally under used. With a bit of consideration, we came to the decision that parking on the car side was a better solution. Extending that approach a bit, parking in a set of car slots at a restaurant, when there are no RV slots available, does not seem to be a horrible act given some care in choosing the location.

edit: of course our rig is only 41 ft and not difficult to jackknife.
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We have stayed overnight a CB a couple of times. We always ask the manager and each time we were told that it was fine. Actually one of the managers loved Airstreams and asked if he could look inside of our trailer. We have dinner at CB whenever we park there overnight. It works well when you are in route because they are right on the interstates so its easy to get back on the road the next morning.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:28 PM   #17
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Heh, we usually stop at the first Cracker Barrel we can find, park and eat lunch. Then grab the latest version of their location map and use it to navigate for the rest of the trip.😄

Haven't stayed overnight yet, but their parking is usually level enough to not have fridge problems. We travel with dogs, so cool temps are necessary so the fans can keep the dogs comfortable. Otherwise it's take-out and dogs stay in the A/C in the truck.

Just wish they had s store in California...


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Old 10-24-2015, 12:11 AM   #18
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We discussed the no CB in CA issue with a waitress. She is from San Diego and would transfer to a CA CB if one existed. Management tells her that the CA market would not embrace grits and they don't want to go to the trouble of changing their menu, because they make enough profit with their existing business plan.

We are starting to consider a trip to Kingman for breakfast.
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Not everyone who eats at Cracker Barrel eats grits. My daughter, born in Alabama, hates them. My wife, a Brit, loves grits. Go figure. I can live quite nicely without grits or any other hot breakfast cereal product.

I suspect the real reason is that CB would be at the very far western end of their supply chain if they came to CA, and that they are just not sure yet how much they can compete against 'California Cuisine' in SoCal.

Personally, I'd love to see them open a store--Kingman is just out of convenient range for casual visits. I'd love to see one in Victorville or Barstow, for one.


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I suspect the real reason is that CB would be at the very far western end of their supply chain if they came to CA, and that they are just not sure yet how much they can compete against 'California Cuisine' in SoCal.
I think these reasons, plus food regulations in California make it more difficult for them to compete.
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I personally feel a grit is a flavorless medium one must dump sugar or jelly in order to taste like anything.....
Don't understand grits!
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It's just part of the 4 southern style cooking food groups. Starch, fat, pit barbecued meat, and beer.

Yeah, I can get away with that joke because I lived there😄😄😄


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The whole purpose of grits is as a delivery medium for salt, butter and, if you are lucky, cheese and shrimp. They shouldn't have any flavor of their own and should be smooth, even creamy, to properly serve as a "canvas" for the more flavorful...

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I personally feel a grit is a flavorless medium one must dump sugar or jelly in order to taste like anything.....
Don't understand grits!
Try them mixed with an egg cooked over easy. You will get it then!
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Indeed, I was in Savannah a couple months ago. A friend took up out to eat at a fish house where I had shrimp and cheese grits.... Overall something g I'd eat again, unlike the stuff I got at Cracker Barrell
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According to my wife, Cracker Barrel serves the best grits. She usually eats my serving as well....problem solved.


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Don't understand grits!
I agree! Why on Earth would anyone eat grits if they could have cornbread instead?
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Amen to the cornbread or really good southern-style biscuits. My wife is an proven expert at baking scratch biscuits both plain and cheddar.....


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