My family went to the Cookie Jar for the first time today (we live about 30 minutes away). It seemed like a good little afternoon trip. We arrived around 11:15 Central which was good because it was PACKED by the time we left. The food was a little slow getting to us, but not horrible. I had the baked chicken (Tuesday's special). It was unusual because it was a boneless skinless chicken breast coated in Ritz crackers and baked. So, the bottom was really soggy. It was a really strange preparation. I also had the hashbrown casserole, which was fairly good (not Cracker Barrel, but good). I also had the Mexican Cornbread Casserole. It was really dry compared to others I have had. My husband also had the chicken, but he had a salad (which looked pretty fresh, but mainly iceberg lettuce), fried okra (which he really liked), and french fries (which were coated in something...again...a very unusual preparation). One of my kids had grilled cheese with french fries and the other had chicken fingers with french fries. Neither of my kids ate their fries (because they were so odd), but they both ate all of their entrees. The cornbread was dry, but the yeast rolls were DELICIOUS.
For dessert my husband and I split a chocolate torte (which was pretty good) and a strawberry cupcake (which was obviously a mix). One of my daughters had a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing. Again, it was obviously out of a box, but still fairly tasty.
If I returned, I wouldn't bother with dessert, I would have the hashbrown casserole again, and I would only order one kid's meal for my kids to share (and it would be the chicken tenders which were VERY fresh and hand breaded...DELICIOUS). I would guess that my husband would have the okra again, because he really liked it.
This is a great place for retired folks to go. Also, my kids REALLY enjoyed the petting zoo out back which was free and they said it is available all summer.