Show of hands...Who loves Waffle House?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 In the Mountains

Waffle House"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:

495,264,367 Waffles
957,041,599 Cups of Coffee
1,173,838,328 Hashbrown Orders
370,545,935  Sausage Patties
786,449,152  Bacon Strips
14,899,594  Slices of Ham
1,527,602,959.24  Eggs

If you laid all the bacon strips served by Waffle House end-to-end, they would stretch 21,000 miles!!  breakfast(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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Rainmaker
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William Feela
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Kim, my one and only experience was very less than stellar.  I would chose Mc Donalds first.
Mar 24, 2008 04:10 AM #2
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Debbie: Not only is it always open, but it always seems bustling.  Gotta love it!

William: Must have been a fluke...Give it one more try...(And, no, I don't own stock in Waffle House)

Mar 24, 2008 04:27 AM #3
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Rich Dansereau
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I have had my fair share of dining at the Waffle House, before becoming a vegetarian, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I haven't eaten meat in 10+ years, I don't eat there any longer because they only use one grill. As most people do eat meat, I would recommend a morning or afternoon visit.
Mar 24, 2008 08:01 AM #4
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Rich: No, Waffle House certainly is not vegetarian friendly...but it is still a GREAT place to people-watch, even if all you order is coffee!
Mar 24, 2008 09:00 AM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Your blog is making me hungry.  I might have to step out for dinner for a stack of pancakes and a side of bacon.  :)
Mar 24, 2008 09:07 AM #6
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Chris: Mmmmmmm!!!  Sounds good to me!  One of my kids' all-time favorite dinners is when I make pancakes...They think its such a treat!
Mar 24, 2008 09:10 AM #7
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Kim, I love Waffle House, have to stop every time we travel south, plus great prices!
Mar 30, 2008 07:51 AM #8
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Duane:  I'm glad to hear you're a "Waffle House Man" .  Studies have shown that Waffle House Men are smarter, sexier, and better bloggers (of course) than the average male.  Way to go!
Mar 30, 2008 11:11 AM #9
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Deb Brooks
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I do I do I do! I have great memories with children and my mom stopping while traveling for their waffles. Thanks for the blast from the past memory Kim. Later in the rain~Deb
Mar 30, 2008 11:29 AM #10
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Kim, my whole family loves the Waffle House.  As a matter of fact, we ate at the one at Hwy 53 just this morning on our way up to support a place called the Ruthhouse.  We met some friends there and had a blast.

Mar 30, 2008 12:53 PM #11
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Debra: Me too Me too Me too!!!  It's nice to know that this is a blast from the past that is still alive and well! 

David: It's always a great time at the Waffle House!  What is the Ruthhouse?  Will you be blogging about it?

Mar 30, 2008 01:01 PM #12
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Richard Weisser
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Kim,

I'm over my comment quota today, but had to chime in on Waffle House. Favorite lunch item is "quarter cheese plate, double scattered and smothered!"

Mar 30, 2008 01:04 PM #13
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Richard: Can I tell you that one of my secret desires--in addition to being a cross-country semi-tractor trailer driver--was always to be a cook at a Waffle House?  To be able to take those machine-gunned orders in a whole different lingo and turn them into something delicious...That, my friend, is true talent!

Thanks for the comment!!

Mar 30, 2008 01:15 PM #14
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Kim, LOL, you brought a smile to my face, to kind!
Mar 31, 2008 12:51 AM #15
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Amanda Evans
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Scattered, covered and smothered.  Is there any other way?
Apr 01, 2008 06:33 AM #16
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Amanda:  LOL!! Not in my book!!
Apr 01, 2008 07:08 AM #17
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Bart Whitmore
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I like to eat there, but my wife dosent. So I usually go with my oldest son I really like the hashbrowns--smothered, covered, and topped, YUMMY---Bart
Apr 01, 2008 08:23 AM #18
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

YUMMY IS RIGHT, Bart!!!  Your wife is a far more cultured person than me, that's for sure!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Apr 01, 2008 08:40 AM #19
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Patty Ledford
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Kim what is a late nite without Waffle House and those yummy pecan waffles...beats cooking anytime! Great post as always!

Patty Ledford-EXIT Realty Mtn Properties-Blue Ridge Ga.

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Apr 15, 2008 12:31 PM #20
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Patty: Oh, yes, mama like those pecan waffles!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 15, 2008 01:19 PM #21
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