How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving Day

How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is here, and while we cherish the time spent with family, the cooking and cleaning can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. If all of the prep work and grocery shopping has you overwhelmed, pack up the crew and head to your local Cracker Barrel. That way, you can spend time enjoying your loved ones instead of stressing over the details.

Good news: Cracker Barrel is open during regular business hours, serving a limited menu for Thanksgiving. Don't miss the traditional Thanksgiving Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal with roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing and gravy, green beans, sweet potato casserole, biscuits or corn muffins, a drink, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Restaurants begin serving this special meal at 11 a.m.

Minimize your wait time by signing in on the online wait list, which you can do on the website's "find a Cracker Barrel" page (start by typing in your zip), or even better, via the Cracker Barrel app on your smartphone. My family took advantage of the online wait list last Thanksgiving, and it was super convenient.

Another tip: Pay right at the table using Cracker Barrel's mobile pay feature — all you have to do is scan the QR code on your check and follow the instructions. Because holidays tend to be busy at Cracker Barrel (and they're ready for it!), this is just an extra step you can take to ensure your holiday gathering runs like clockwork.

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Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel also offers Thanksgiving Heat n' Serve Meals to-go on the holiday; however, 24 hours advance notice is required for the take-home option. Choose from a complete Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Turkey Feast (serves 4-6) or Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Turkey Family Dinner (serves 8-10). This year, try the Country Fried Turkey or Broccoli Cheese Casserole, both new on the catering menu this year. And don't forget to add on a pie!

Make the most of your Thanksgiving meal (and any visit to Cracker Barrel) by joining the new Cracker Barrel rewards program. When you spend money in the restaurant or store, you'll earn Pegs that can be redeemed on future purchases. Plus you can earn bonus rewards, like a free Barrel Bite for joining, and rewards for your birthday, anniversary, and other surprises.

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