Maybe this actually goes on in other locations unbeknownst to me. However, in this area of the South, it’s a big ol’ tradition that we love.
Waffle House is one of the few options for eating out late, minus fast food places such as McDonald’s and Krystal’s. The local McDonald’s only recently began serving 24/7, as a matter of fact.
Typically, the best time to go to Waffle House to see what it’s all about is anytime after midnight on a Sunday. Saturday night is the traditional night for people to go out to bars and clubs, and a number of them visit Waffle House afterwards for a meal after partying. There aren’t many other options! On these nights, you will see drunk people who assume that eating the food will "sober them up" as the common myths about intoxication go. You’ll definitely be able to hear some interesting conversations and likely meet some interesting people as well.
As you might expect, the food at Waffle House is mostly breakfast food. I’m incapable of eating most of it, thanks to the vegetarianism, but there is one food at Waffle House that makes them rise above all the others and worth visiting for vegans and carnivores alike: the hash browns.
Waffle House hashbrowns come in three sizes- regular, large, and triple. I learned long ago that a triple order of hashbrowns is an excessive amount for me, so I order the large hashbrowns. They come on a plate by themselves, and you have the option to add all kinds of toppings, including cheese, chili, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes.
Last night, my friend Earle and I visited a local Waffle House in the wee hours of the morning (2:30 or so). The Waffle House was naturally mostly abandoned, but by the time we left it had begun filling up with hungry people.
The staff was friendly and kind, and the service good and prompt.
Between the two of us, the bill was still only $12.00- meaning Waffle House is also CHEAP!
One thing I had forgotten about Waffle House was how loud it is, especially if you sit near the kitchen. The appliances and cooking mechanisms are so loud that the servers have to talk loudly to each other, and then the customers are left talking even more loudly to try to hear each other over all the other racket. It sounds disheartening, but it’s actually kind of humorous and part of the fun of visiting a Waffle House.
Moreover, the visitation to Waffle House happened in the early morning of October 1st, so it was as though we were greating the great month of Halloween itself with something of a ritual.
Also, I don’t know how they do it, but Waffle House’s coffee is always strong and amazing. I encourage everyone to try it!
If you’re ever able to visit a Waffle House, do it. The experience isn’t always remarkable, but it is a taste of what the South is like.
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