Cracker Barrel, Waffle House or IHOP? The Internet Debate Is Getting Intense

by Jacklyn Krol

The internet can’t decide, Cracker Barrel, Waffle House or IHOP? Which restaurant reigns supreme?

Twitter created a conversation around the three go-to breakfast spots, so much so that it is trending on Twitter.

Twitter user Scott Dworkin sparked the conversation with one simple tweet.

“You’ve been driving in the middle of nowhere for hours, and you’re starving,” he wrote. “The sun is starting to rise and there are only three restaurants open at the next exit. Waffle House, IHOP and Cracker Barrel. Where do you stop to eat? Also, get vaccinated!”

The responses were all over the place. People clearly took sides with their favorite chain. Meanwhile, some answered in terms of what specific food they’re in the mood for.

“I didn’t even know that they [Cracker Barrel] served breakfast?? Like?? Waffle House and IHOP are in their own category Cracker Barrel can step back,” one user wrote.

Some people noted that Cracker Barrel has a store to grab extra snacks and goodies for the rest of the road trip.

There were also more unique answers to the question. One person said that they would be finding a local taco truck for breakfast. Another person suggested that they check out a local mom-and-pop restaurant to support them.

The Differences Between Cracker Barrel, IHOP, and Waffle House

Comparing all three restaurant chains is almost impossible. Each of the chains has its own unique pros and cons. Waffle House is the breakfast staple. Drivers can find it at the majority of exits on the highway and it is open 24 hours. They’re known for staying open amid bad storms, holidays, and almost any condition (aside from life-threatening ones like hurricanes). If you’re out late at a concert, Waffle House is one of the only restaurants that is open and ready for you. Need a super late-night fix? Get your waffles!

On the other hand, Cracker Barrel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you need a moment away from the car, sit on their deck in a rocking chair. You can play a game of triangle pegs or checkers. They also have a store for you to get music, books on tape, snacks, and other oddities. You can even get the kids a new toy to entertain them on your journey. The downfall is that it is not open 24/7 and is closed some holidays and special occasions.

Cracker Barrel recently made headlines for adding alcohol to their menu. They now have beer, wine, and mimosas on its menu for all three meals. They may even test out seasonal mimosas!

IHOP is another breakfast mecca. It is also on most major exits. It has more of an extensive menu compared to Waffle House but isn’t open 24/7.

Outsider is team all of the above and all of the breakfast foods! Sound off, which restaurant is your favorite and why?