*Chains – Cracker Barrel


Go Dairy Free fan Sharon, recently let us know on facebook that she enjoys dining at Cracker Barrel because they have a great allergen list. They don't offer this information on their site, in fact, they don't even have full menus on their website, but it seems the allergen lists are readily available in the restaurants and the managers can be quite helpful.

I did find a review from Allergen Free Please that also gave the Cracker Barrel two thumbs up. Though this list could change at anytime (always check at the location before ordering!), she reported that at her time of visit, the milk-free list included the following:

  • Breads: Sourdough Bread (regular and wheat), Westminster Crackers
  • Apple Bran Muffins
  • Eggs (fresh shell eggs only); Egg Beaters and Eggstrod'naire contain milk
  • Grilled Meats: Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Grilled Chicken Tenders, Hamburger Steak-be careful to prevent cross-contamination from pancakes and breads other than sourdough, from cheese or from butter and margarine used to grill other foods.
  • Dip Items: Meatloaf
  • Side Items: Apple Sauce, Green Beans, Pinto Beans, Turnip Greens
  • Tossed Salad, Grilled Chicken Tender Salad or Country Chef Salad (without Cheese, Egg and Croutons)
  • The Following Salad Dressings do not contain Milk: Honey French (regular & fat free), Honey Mustard (regular & fat free), Thousand Island (regular & fat free), Reduced Calorie Italian
  • All fried items should be avoided due to cross-contamination from the cooking oil.

See their website for locations.

Website: www.crackerbarrel.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I found this page while searching for an allergen menu for Cracker Barrel. As you well stated, there isn’t one. But, I did want to mention that there is an app we use all the time called Allergy Eats. Allergy families download this for free and go in and rate restaurants on how well they can accommodate food allergies. It’s a great resource, especially when on vacation.

  2. Allison Gaskins on

    I found the staff at Cracker Barrel to be extremely friendly. I mentioned that I have a dairy allergy and asked to speak to the manager. He came to our table and I told him about my allergy and asked if he could suggest some dairy free foods. He informed me that I could probably eat most of their foods since they use margarine and no butter. I was so surprised that a manager didn’t know that margarine can cause problems for milk allergies. I did ask for an allergen menu but it did not list any information on items which contained milk. I ordered a chopped steak, plain baked potato, and salad. The waiter brought my salad and said they had cleaned the grill to cook the bacon bits so I would not have any issues. He also checked the ingredients of the dressing, which I appreciated. When the server brought my dinner, my baked potato was served with a huge dollop of margarine and also included sour cream. I mentioned this to the person who delivered the food (not our original waiter) and she said, “Oh, I see that on the order right here. Sorry about that.” They took it right back and corrected the mistake. After this experience, I doubt I will be eating there again. While the staff was very friendly and kind, I do not feel that they were well informed or had any literature for someone with a severe dairy allergy.

  3. We just had to walk out. The allergen menu does not include butter and they confirmed almost all sides are cooked in butter. Also anything grilled or fried is contaminated and they were out of meat loaf and roast beef. Beef stew is no longer on the menu. Basically I could eat a salad and applesauce :(

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