– “Macaroni N’ Cheese” –
Average Rating: ⭐️⭐️1/2
Presentation was jarring. The Cracker Barrel mac comes as a side, so I assumed that it would come in a separate dish. Definitely not the case. Instead, it was haphazardly slopped on the side of the main dish; there was a strong prison food vibe to this presentation.
The flavor was much better than I originally imagined, based on the presentation. While it was rather one-dimensional in terms of flavor, that one dimension was savory and rich, and made for a pretty palatable mac.
Creaminess was certainly not lacking here. I never thought I could say this about a mac and cheese, but it may have been a touch too watery, especially for being on a plate where it has a great deal of room to spread out.
The cheesiness of this mac and cheese dish was definitely its greatest strength. It constitutes all the flavor in the dish, a delicious positive in this instance. As touched on above, the cheesy flavor was pleasantly robust.
Cracker Barrel’s mac seems to function in a manner similarly to that of the KFC mac and cheese; it is an excellent sidekick for a main dish of comfort food. (Cracker Barrel’s mac is significantly better than that of KFC, although maybe not in terms of portion). I think that this mac could improve greatly if it were served in a separate bowl instead of directly on the main plate; presented as it currently is, it cannot stand on its own as a dish.
Menu Link: https://www.crackerbarrel.com/menu/lunch-and-dinner/vegetables-n-sides