Cracker Barrel, Cowboy Chicken and Logan's Roadhouse send out holiday feasts

Taste Tracker: Ruby Slipper and Burgerville feed the morning crowd; drink it up at Mellow Mushroom and Sip Fresh; Insomnia and Pinkbox sweeten the day; and more menu news of the week.
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With about two weeks left before the new year, the holiday promotions keep on coming. Festive meal bundles, indulgent sweets and celebratory beverages are on offer to tempt consumers during the home stretch of the holiday season.

Cracker Barrel is cooking up Heat ‘n Serve Meals to feed families of four to six and larger feasts for a bigger crowd. Entrée choices include prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce or spiral-sliced sugar-cured ham. Both come with sides, sweet yeast rolls and more. Over at Cowboy Chicken, turkey is the main attraction. The chain is offering a package that includes a wood-fired rotisserie turkey, stuffing, twice-baked potatoes, green beans and peach cobbler.

Fans of Logan’s Roadhouse can order a meaty Holiday Feast featuring prime rib, pulled pork, ribs or pork chops with an assortment of sides. For dine-in guests, Prime Rib Weekends run through mid-February. The LTO includes slow-roasted prime rib accompanied by two sides.

Diners who wish to take a brunch break can head over to Ruby Slipper for a bit of decadence. On the menu are Roasted Sweet Potato Seasonal Beignets with cheesecake, espresso praline sauce and spiced candied pecans. Other temptations include Roasted Sweet Potato Stuffed French Toast, Peppermint Wonderland (three red velvet and sweet cream pancakes) and Holiday Ham Benedict. A Sparkling Citrus Mimosa caps it off.

For a lighter morning meal, Burgerville is bringing back breakfast with a lineup of sandwiches, burritos and bowls. Locally sourced ingredients are a highlight, with Tillamook cheese, eggs from Wilcox Farms and a bun from Oregon-based Franz Bakery on the breakfast sandwiches. Some of the same products show up in the burritos and bowls, along with local salsa and tortillas. Rounding out the morning menu are fresh breakfast biscuit sandwiches.

Sweets seekers can have their fill with Insomnia Cookies’ Holiday Spirit Collection. The collection includes a vegan Sweet Potato Pie Classic cookie; Cannoli Filled Deluxe cookie flavored with sweetened ricotta cream; and the Solstice Confetti Classic with holiday sprinkles and vanilla chips. Pinkbox Doughnuts is also satisfying sweet cravings with over a dozen Christmas-themed treats. The doughnuts are decorated to resemble Santa, candy canes, The Grinch, gingerbread people and more.

Mellow Mushroom is offering a liquid treat—the Lavender Groove. The zero-proof drink is flavored with blueberry puree and lavender, then garnished with a sprig of lavender. It launches in time for Dry January on Jan. 2, but guests who prefer a little buzz can request the addition of a spirit; lemon vodka is recommended.

The Sipistas at Sip Fresh are mixing up some celebratory no-alcohol refreshers too. The limited-time Swirls beverages include a Strawberry Vanilla Sip and a Horchata Caramel Sip. Each is topped with whipped cream and a swirl of syrup. Juice It Up is also tapping horchata as a holiday flavor. It shows up in three limited-time smoothies: the Horchata Smoothie, PB Horchata Smoothie and Strawberry Horchata Smoothie. Two salted caramel smoothies are app exclusives.

That brings us to dessert. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has three Holiday “Flavorites” with a peppermint twist. The Peppermint Cookie includes cake batter and cookie butter ice, vanilla soft ice cream and crushed peppermint candies. Peppermint Bark goes in a chocolate direction with cookies & cream ice and chocolate soft ice cream, while Peppermint Mocha is made with caffe latte ice and chocolate soft ice cream; both are garnished with the crushed candies.

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