The restaurant biz can be a tough gig, and not just for the harried staffers. Today, CBRL Group (NASDAQ:CBRL), parent of Cracker Barrel and Logan's Roadhouse, told investors that the bottom line would be a bit less filling for the upcoming third quarter, targeting a range of $0.54 to $0.56 per share, or a 12%-ish gain on a slimmer, 9% expected gain in revenues.

As usual, the firm is at the whim of fickle American eaters, who've delivered some anemic comps for the past couple of months. That might not look too bad, considering that countrified breakfast peer Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) has done worse. Shareholders might take some comfort in the fact that Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH), a glamour competitor in the popular steak 'n' pavement category, has been eking out comps that are only a bit better, still in the single digits.

But keep in mind, as an absolute benchmark, low single-digit comps are nothing to write home about, not when burger-slinging McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is posting better numbers, even on top of last year's huge gains. Even Darden Restaurants' (NYSE:DRI) anchor, Red Lobster, has been able to net more sales of late.

CBRL Group is one of those stocks that has defied gravity over the past nine months despite its relative mediocrity. It trades at a P/E of around 19, on par with other restaurants in its league. Free cash flow is nothing to write home about. Top-line growth is in the slim, under-10% range, even when things are going well. The bottom line has fared a bit better and is expected to grow in the mid-teens. But how much do you want to pay for slow and steady?

By my tally, it looks fairly priced -- if not a bit rich -- but that was how it looked a while back, too. There are worse places to be than predictable favorites like Cracker Barrel, but value-minded investors probably won't find the firm too enticing.

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Seth Jayson has been known to slake his hankerings at Cracker Barrel. At the time of publication, he had no positions in any company mentioned. View his stock holdings and Fool profile here. Fool rules are here.