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“Hit or Miss” 3 of 5 stars
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Cracker Barrel
215 Colonnade Blvd, State College, PA
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Ranked #37 of 203 Restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Hit or Miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

First, let me say that I love Cracker Barrel. A road trip is not complete without a stop at one. I've waited a long time for State College to get a Cracker Barrel, and we have eaten here four to five times since it opened. Sadly the place is hit or miss. Since it is a chain restaurant you can count on the food matching what you will experience from Cracker Barrel to Cracker Barrel, but it is the service & rockiness of the kitchen staff that holds this establishment up. During one meal, the kitchen made a country fried chicken instead of steak. Wasn't a big deal, so they started making me another. The manager was prompt & apologetic, giving me the incorrect meal to eat, and a completely new "correct" meal. Plus he threw on a round of ice cream sundaes for the kids. Nicely done! During our next meal here, my wife (a vegetarian) ordered a BLT without the B (bacon). When she bit into & then inspected her sandwich, it was clear that the bacon had been on the sandwich prior to arriving at the table (pieces of bacon still attached to the lettuce/tomato). When she brought it to the attention of the waitress, she did not seemed surprised. Guess is that the kitchen messed it up and then told her not to worry, they would just peel it off & no one would ever know. Later the manager came out with the sandwich, and said that this was not how they normally did things, but would follow up. He comped the price of the sandwich, but two screw ups in a row & we may wait until an actual road trip out of State College to eat at our next Cracker Barrel.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“not very good”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The food was bland - pot roast. The server was inattentive all during my meal. The weather was rainy and cold but the AC was blasting. No attention to detail.

Visited June 2012
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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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164 reviews 164 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Typical, but good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Predictable Cracker Barrel menu, but they have a decent (if heinously unhealthy) breakfast, and I enjoy browsing through their Country Store. Service at this particular location is fast and waiters/waitresses are VERY attentive

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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State College, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Mundane food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Mass-produced, not-very-tasty food. Expected more from Cracker Barrel. Disappointed and probably will not return.

Visited July 2012
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“How can you not love Cracker Barrell?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This is a new restaurant; and it's always busy. The food is very good and the service is not too shabby for a busy restaurant. Love the gift shop and the prices are reasonable. Lots of parking.

Visited June 2012
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