Stepping into a Cracker Barrel is like stepping back in time. There's a hearth, usually with some mounted deer head over the top, in every location. You'll never want for checker boards. And if you listen really closely, you might even hear the faint sounds of an old prospector purchasing homemade jams and wooden toys at the adjacent country store.
Obviously, Cracker Barrel has cornered the market on food-based nostalgia, but less obvious are the company's ties to Dolly Parton and the 2008 presidential election. We've illuminated those for you here, along with eight other weird backstories on the Tennessee-born chain. Ponder them all over a nice Sunrise Sampler.