NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. hopes that lightening up its menu will help fatten its bottom line.
The Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain is testing several new menu items that contain fewer calories that comparable items. The goal: To attract health-conscious diners who otherwise bypass the chain famous for its traditional fare of fried chicken, sugar-cured ham, cornbread and other Southern staples.
Cracker Barrel said the new menu category, called Wholesome Fixin's, will feature breakfast meals with fewer than 500 calories and lunch/dinner meals with fewer than 600 calories. Pamela Smith, a registered dietitian, nutritional author and consultant based in Orlando, Fla., developed the menu.