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Cracker Barrel makes a solid fish dinner for Lent

Cracker Barrel on Ridge Road
Cracker Barrel comfort food and charm!

I received a Cracker Barrel gift card for Christmas and today I used that gift to go out for lunch.

Being a Friday and the season of Lent, fish was on my mind.

Cracker Barrel has a great comfort food menu. I've never had a bad meal there, and my favorite is their chicken fried steak, which is hearty and satisfying!  While checking out the Cracker Barrel menu online before heading out to the west side of town, I realized I'd never had a fish dinner at the old Southern Country-themed store and restaurant.  Today was the day to do so.

I arrived at the Ridge Road Cracker Barrel a bit before 11 am, an early lunch, but my first meal of the day.  My between-meal rush timing was intentional, and I was seated immediately.  I was greeted warmly by Tracie, my server, who took my drink order, a lemonade.  In bringing my drink, Tracie went over the Friday Fish Fry Special, which I ordered.  The dish is four Cod fillets hand-dipped in batter and fried. The fish comes with two 'Country Sides,' and buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins.  I went with the buttermilk biscuits and for my sides, I ordered the mac & cheese, and fried okra.  I love fried okra and Cracker Barrel does it well.

Cracker Barrel Friday Fish Fry Special
4 cod fillets, with mac & cheese, and fried Okra sides.

It didn't take long for my meal to arrive, I killed time by troubleshooting why my new phone wouldn't sync up to my truck.  

The plate had a nice visual, complete with tartar sauce and a small wedge of lemon.  The biscuits were warm and flaky, making it easy to spread the butter.  I flipped the lid off the tartar sauce, squeezed some lemon juice over the fish, and took that first bite.  The batter was crispy, the fry was perfect.  The cod though was a bit underseasoned but flaky good.  If not for the tartar and lemon, the fish would have been a bit bland.  The Mac & Cheese was creamy good, with a robust cheese flavor, and the cook on the pasta was nicely done.  Some restaurants serve Mac & Cheese that's mushy, NOT Cracker Barrel.  As for the fried okra, my Cracker Barrel side favorite, it was perfect as always. 

Cracker Barrel Biscuits
Warm, light, flaky biscuits.

Costing me a gift card free $17.58 for the meal and a lemonade + refill to wash it down with, I'm giving the Cracker Barrel Friday Fish Special 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  It was a very satisfying meal, the portion of four fillets was huge, and the sides were also nicely portioned.  I couldn't finish the entire meal.  My only knock, and it's slight, was the cod was a bit underseasoned.  It's a meal worthy of a repeat order.

The Cracker Barrel visited on this occasion is located at 619 S Ridge Rd, Wichita, KS 67209.  The service by Tracie was top-notch, she was friendly, and attentive, and asked how my meal was, I didn't have to ask for a drink refill. She did all the little things and then some to ensure I had a pleasurable dining experience.  Thank you, Tracie!  If you're looking for a convenient fish dinner and some great service during the Season of Lent, Cracker Barrel should be on your list of places to try.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


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