The food is Southern-fried Denny's, but better
I order a coffee and the Sunrise Sampler, which comes with two eggs, grits, buttermilk biscuits + gravy, apple butter (on request only), fried apples, hashbrown casserole, smoked sausage, country ham, and thick-sliced bacon. All that food is only $8.19. Incredible.
Anyone stopping by later in the day can order the same huge, Southern-style portions at low prices: chicken-fried chicken with gravy, and sides like mac & cheese and green beans. Hamburger steaks (?!). Chicken and dumplings. Sugar-cured ham. And don't forget those biscuits.
As we wait for our king's feast-sized breakfasts, Gina tells me that she would go to Cracker Barrel after church on Sundays in Conway, AR, "because that's what you did." Right off the I-40 highway, her family would routinely wait an hour to eat Southern comfort food from a chain restaurant. But they're in the South! Surely there was a less chain-y place to eat better comfort food, right? Surely! But that's just what you did.