"Welcome to Waffle House!!" That's what the combined chorus of voices greets you with as you walk through the door of what may be the most iconic restaurant in the South.
The Waffle House chain began its storied journey in 1955 when the first restaurant opened in Avondale Estates, a suburb of Atlanta. Since then, the chain has grown to over 1,500 restaurants in 25 states (pity the other 25 states!).
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the restaurant has served presidents, celebrities and "common folk" alike. It was even the site of a much publicized dust-up Kid Rock had at a Waffle House in Atlanta recently!
According to the Waffle House Website, http://www.wafflehouse.com/funfacts.asp, during the last 53 years, the chain has served over:
|957,041,599||Cups of Coffee|
|14,899,594||Slices of Ham|
If you laid all the bacon strips served by Waffle House end-to-end, they would stretch 21,000 miles!! (Don't ask me how they came up with .24 of an egg...but it was counted, by God!)
In case you are wondering what prompted my Waffle House history lesson, its because my family and I had Easter brunch yesterday at our local Blue Ridge Waffle House--my favorite Waffle House of all that I've visited. That's right, I said Easter brunch. The place was packed with every manner of person, from young families dressed in their Easter finery, to a few forlorn characters who looked like they'd been up a little too late last night overindulging in something...and I'm quite sure it wasn't jelly beans.
We only go to Waffle House about six times a year, but we always love it. The food is always good, the service is always good, and you can't beat the greeting you get when you walk in! There is something comforting about the place. You get a sense that all the world can be going to hell in a handbasket, but there will always be Waffle House.
And for that I am grateful.
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