Is it Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, or Denny's?

By: Stella Alexander
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About This Quiz

What are you in the mood to nibble on? There are hundreds of different food chains you'd find nationally and internationally. They range from burger joints to finer dining options. In the United States, you'd be hard pressed to find a state without a Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden or Denny's. With a wide variety of food covering southern staples to Italian cuisine, could you differentiate between the three restaurants?

In the United States, there are endless cuisine options. Those who prefer fast food might find themselves at a McDonald's or Burger King. Others might want a healthier, "fresher" approach on fast food, so they might turn to Subway. While these quick options are big in the United States, you'll always find millions of people headed to casual dining restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, and Denny's. These restaurants have come to become staples in the United States, but their menus differ greatly. Can you differentiate between them?

While one restaurant gives you all the popular Southern comfort foods like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, another helps you travel to the country of Italy for a taste of their fresh foods. One of the restaurants gives you the ability to get classic dinner food regardless of if you show up on a Sunday at 1 a.m. or 7 p.m. With all that's gone into these three restaurants, can you tell them apart? Let your stomach guide you through this quiz and let's see if you have the right appetite!

This restaurant is known for serving family-style meals.

Olive Garden is a popular Italian restaurant that is known for serving large portions meant to be shared with the family.

For some southern cuisine, you'd head to this chain.

Cracker Barrel is a southern cuisine restaurant that is set up with an old country vibe of rocking chairs, a fireplace and a front porch.

Dining at this restaurant would find you with a basket filled with breadsticks.

While some restaurants might serve bread, Olive Garden is well known for serving breadsticks with all of their meals.

Out of the three, this chain has the most restaurants.

Diners are always winning! Denny's beats out both Cracker Barrel and Olive Garden with over 1,700 locations.

Its headquarters is located in Tennessee.

It goes with the southern theme! The headquarters of Cracker Barrel can be found in the southern state of Tennessee in Lebanon. The restaurant chain was founded by Dan Evins.

"Eat, shop, relax" is the slogan of this restaurant.

You guessed it! Cracker Barrel's slogan rounds out what they offer their diners. They can eat, shop at the gift shops and relax with a swing on the rocking chairs.

Head down to Florida to find the headquarters of this chain.

Olive Garden was founded in Orlando, Florida by Bill Darden in 1982. The headquarters are currently still in Orlando.

Ready to listen to some tunes? You can head over to this restaurant for great music and playlists.

Cracker Barrel is big on the music scene. Just check out their website. Not only do they have their favorite albums ready to purchase, but they have their own exclusive playlists filled with country music's hottest stars.

"When you're here, you're family."

Olive Garden has had quite a few slogans throughout the years, but "When you're here, you're family" is probably its most popular. The slogan was around for over 14 years before it was changed.

This chain's headquarters can be found in California.

Denny's was originally founded in Lakewood, California, in 1953 by Harold Butler and Richard Jezak.

Which restaurant's logo is yellow and brown?

Taking a look at the Cracker Barrel logo, you'd find a man sitting with a barrel in brown and yellow colors.

To enjoy the never-ending pasta bowl, you'd have to visit this restaurant.

Olive Garden is known for their never-ending pasta bowl special, where diners can enjoy as much pasta as they want for a fixed price. This was introduced in 2013.

At this restaurant, the employees are limited to wearing either blue, pink, white or yellow shirts.

"On Wednesdays we wear pink" and so can you! While some employers let you wear whatever you want while others limit you to one color shirt, Cracker Barrel allows their employees to choose between four different colors.

Which restaurant will offer you tastes of the Mediterranean?

Think Italy of course! With its Italian influence, the Olive Garden offers distinct tastes of the Mediterranean. This is because Italy borders the sea.

Tuscany is a region associated with which restaurant?

Olive Garden has always used the region of Tuscany to show its immersion into Italian food. In fact, it sends numerous employees to the region to experience the food.

This restaurant was originally founded as a donut shop.

Before becoming Denny's, the chain was called Danny's Donuts. The chain is also well known for almost ALWAYS being open.

You'd find peg solitaire on each table at which restaurant?

The barrel! Each Cracker Barrel has a few touches that keep them in line with their chain. While you'll always see a porch with a wooden rocking chair on it, you'll also always find peg solitaire on your table.

This chain is mostly located along highways.

Who wouldn't want some comfort food after a long drive? Since its inception, the idea behind Cracker Barrel was to keep them alongside the interstate highways.

This chain shares its logo colors with McDonald's.

Yellow and red! Denny's logo since 2002 has been a yellow background with the name of the restaurant in red.

America's diner is always open.

In 2011, Denny's changed their slogan. Most diners in the United States stay open until late, but Denny's boasts a 24/7 policy of always being open.

Carrabba's is a competitor to this restaurant.

It's the battle of the Italian restaurants! Carrabba's Italian Grill is essentially Olive Garden's only competitor in the Italian casual cuisine department.

Out of the three, this was the first chain to open.

America's diner has been around for a while! While Denny's opened in 1953, Cracker Barrel wouldn't open its doors until 1969 and Olive Garden in 1982.

This restaurant is owned by the same company as LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze.

Olive Garden is currently owned by Darden Restaurants, which formed after leaving parent company General Mills. Darden Restaurants also operates Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille.

The letters on this logo used to appear in green.

Olive Garden has a simple logo. It use to resemble a floor mat with the words "Olive Garden" as well as a vine of olives. It would soon change to the simple lettering of Olive Garden in black with an olive branch.

A garden salad usually comes as an appetizer in which restaurant?

Olive Garden is well known for serving its salad prior to many meals. It comes with ingredients such as iceberg lettuce, croutons, tomatoes, peppers, olives and more.

You'd find a deer head here.

One of the classic Cracker Barrel items, you'd find a deer head alongside a shotgun, traffic light, and more in every Cracker Barrel.

Which restaurant works closely with the Humane Society of the United States?

Eating food at a diner, it's only normal that you go through quite a few animals, right? Well, America's diner works closely with the Humane Society because the animals need protecting!

This chain only has restaurants in 44 out of the 50 states.

Definitely more common, you'd find both Olive Garden and Denny's in all the states of the U.S. but Cracker Barrel falls short.

This chain offers a special menu for adults 55 and older.

Are you just a few years from retirement? There's something else to look forward to! Denny's has a special 55+ menu where diners 55 and older can dine a particular menu at a discounted price.

For a sip of the bubbly, you could easily find Pellegrino served at this restaurant.

San Pellegrino is a poplar seltzer water and you can find this Italian water being served at Olive Garden.

Trying to be healthier? Choose this restaurant's "Fit Fare" menu.

Diner food isn't always the healthiest, which is why Denny's created a Fit Fare menu that allows you to eat healthier with salmon, egg whites and seasoned vegetables as options.

Which restaurant gives you the chance to shop on its website?

You can even buy a rocking chair! Since Cracker Barrel is tied to its gift shop, it even gives you the chance to shop online! Any type of rocking chair you can think of, you'll find it on the website.

For an All-American Slam and Lumberjack Slam, you might head to this restaurant.

Do you want a plate loaded with pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs? Denny's is the answer with their "Slam" meals that come packed with food.

Which of these chains would you find in countries like Costa Rica, Japan and Philippines?

Denny's is truly aiming to make itself a global entity. Outside North America, it can be found in other countries such as Dominican Republic, the U.K. and New Zealand.

This restaurant works with the military when you purchase products.

Cracker Barrel works through the military with Operation Homefront where they donate a rocking chair to a military family for each one that is purchased.

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