Northern California just got a taste of the South: Cracker Barrel has opened its doors in Sacramento, serving up grits, biscuits, and Southern charm. Lines formed early as Sacramentans jockeyed for a chance to consume breakfast all day.
It’s the second location of the traditionally Southern restaurant to open in California, following a Southern California location earlier this year. The chain has locations across 45 states, but is a relative newcomer to the West Coast, where diners like Mel’s have long been a cherished genre. Southern dishes like chicken and dumplings, grits, country-fried steak, and fried chicken are all available, plus sweet tea of course.
Cracker Barrel is a little different, however, offering a combination shopping and dining experience. That’s right, diners can purchase knick-knacks like peg games, stick candy, and even the iconic rocking chairs that grace the porch of every single store.
According to the company, this location has been decorated to specifically reflect Sacramento’s nickname, “River City,” and the Gold Rush era by Americana experts.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is now open at 1000 Howe Ave. Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Pro-tip: Join the wait list online and spend less time puttering around in the shop.
Not interested in country-fried anything? Check out this guide to eating through Sacramento.