Updated 2021! Many years ago, a Go Dairy Free fan named Sharon let us know on Facebook that she enjoys dining at Cracker Barrel because they have a great allergen list. We posted about them, which led to mixed reviews from readers. Some have found their local restaurant safe and helpful, but others haven’t. Of course, we can’t guarantee what type of experience you will have. But we’ve used their menus, allergen information, and corporate guidance to create this useful “dairy-free menu” guide with precautions.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Cracker Barrel
As you would with any restaurant, use caution and speak to a manager, if needed, when ordering. Dairy is used liberally at this chain, and might be inadvertently added to your order if dairy-free isn’t explicitly specified. Below are the dairy-free items, per the company, but sourcing, preparation, and allergen protocols can vary by location.
Ordering Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
Heads Up! Some of their Traditional Favorite Breakfasts can be special ordered dairy-free. But “All the Fixins’ that come with these breakfasts contain dairy (all of them). So it’s usually cheaper to order individual side items and build your own breakfast. We’ve listed the dairy-free side items, per Cracker Barrel, in the sections below. Also, make sure no butter is used in the preparation of your food or added as a garnish – this is customary at some Cracker Barrel locations.
Breakfast – Pancake Menu
- French Toast (order with no butter)
Breakfast – Eggs
- Two Farm Fresh Eggs (prepared without dairy)
- Egg Whites (prepared without dairy)
- Egg Sandwich (with Sourdough Bread and Duke’s Mayonnaise)
Breakfast – Meats
- Thick-sliced Bacon
- Smoked Sausage Patties
- Turkey Sausage Patties
- Hickory-Smoked Country Ham
- Southwest Sausage
- Sugar Cured Ham
- S. Catfish Fillet (grilled or fried)
Breakfast – Other Sides
- Course Ground Grits
- Tater Rounds
- Fried Apples
- Fresh Apple Slices
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit
- Multigrain Toast
- English Muffin, Plain (regional)
- Kid’s Milk Straw (but bring your own dairy-free milk!)
Breakfast – Sweet Toppings
- 100% Pure Natural Syrup
- Our Blueberry Syrup
- Sugar-Free Syrup
- Low-Sugar Fruit Spread
Heads Up! Some of their other fruit toppings might be dairy-free, but come with whipped topping, which is not dairy-free. Speak to the server if you’re interested in the fruit toppings.
Lunch & Dinner – Sandwiches
- Homestyle Chicken BLT (grilled Smoky Southern Chicken Breast)
- Open-Faced Roast Beef
Lunch & Dinner – Meats
- Grilled Chicken Tenders
- Barrel-cut Sugar Ham
- Southern Fried Chicken
- Lemon Pepper Grilled Rainbow Trout
- Roast Beef
Heads Up! On the menu, these items are often listed with sides and sometimes sauces that contain dairy. Be sure they swap in dairy-free sides and sauces for your order. We’ve listed the dairy-free side items and sauces below, according to Cracker Barrel. You will also want to make sure that no butter is used in the preparation.
Lunch & Dinner – Sauces & Dressings
- BBQ Sauce
- Honey Mustard Sauce
- Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
- Honey Mustard
- Thousand Island (regional)
Lunch & Dinner – Sides
- Steak Fries
- Tater Rounds
- Mixed Green Side Salad
- Boiled Cabbage
- Bowl of Turnip Greens (egg wedge garnish with greens)
- Breaded Fried Okra
- Cole Slaw
- Country Green Beans
- Fresh Steamed Broccoli
- Sweet Whole Baby Carrots
- Whole Kernel Corn
- Beans n’ Greens (egg wedge garnish with greens)
- Bowl of Pinto Beans
- Lima Beans
More Allergen Notes for Cracker Barrel
Heads Up Soy-Free Diners! Many unexpected items, like their eggs, contain soy. It’s possible that Cracker Barrel uses soy in the grilled preparations. They do use soy oil for frying.
Allergen Disclaimer from Cracker Barrel: “Our normal kitchen operations involve shared preparation and cooking areas, including common fryer oil; therefore, cross-contact of all our menu items is possible.”
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find Cracker Barrel
This is a Southern-style restaurant has over 600 restaurants in 45 U.S. states. See their website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering. For their full allergen chart, see the FAQ section on their website.
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The food was really good and the only problem there was a line ahead of me. The waiting time was well worth it the food was excellent.
Manager didn’t know anything
I needed to know if the sourdough bread had dairy in it. Employee asked manager on two attempts as they were selling me a loaf with NO ingredients on it at all. Isn’t that illegal? The employee thought a 3rd party made the bread and didn’t have any ingredient labels to check..and believe me she searched . I was looking on line to find out and saw this page..hope it’s not for a certain store because I’m talking about one in phoenix Arizona.
Response from Go Dairy Free
As per our guide above, and information from the company (Cracker Barrel), their sourdough bread (plain, not buttered) does not contain dairy. As noted, it’s used on the egg sandwich, which is dairy-free.
Our information is from corporate, so it is supposed to apply to all locations. That said, different locations in chains can source some foods/ ingredients locally, and sourcing and ingredients are subject to change. As you have attempted, it’s always essential to verify with the location you are eating at before ordering.
Unfortunately, the FDA labeling laws do not apply to restaurants in the U.S. There are many cases, particularly with things like fresh bakery items, where ingredients are not listed.
Safe breakfasts while traveling
Cracker Barrel is a chain my family looks for when we are traveling. We have had good luck with Cracker Barrels in various states serving my daughter safe dairy-free breakfasts. She usually gets eggs, bacon, and dry multigrain toast. The fried apples are a great breakfast side dish; they taste like homemade apple pie filling!