I ate at a Waffle House at the first time this month, and I found the experience as sweet as maple syrup.
First, some context. I grew up in New York, but I’m afraid that’s no excuse for my lack of experience with the iconic Southern chain. I went to school in Virginia, where the boxy, yellow signs aren’t an uncommon sight along the road. My go-to was always IHOP, however.
My friend and I decided to grab a late breakfast while vacationing in Orlando, Florida. We’d broken our fast at an IHOP the day before, so I suggested that we try Waffle House instead.
Here’s my account of my first ever meal at Waffle House:
We arrived at a location nestled amidst a strip mall in Orlando. This restaurant didn’t boast the chain’s classic, slightly ominous square sign.
My only real perception of the chain was that it’s known for remaining open during devastating natural disasters. So I didn’t know what to expect.
Inside, the restaurant was clean and relatively empty. We’d missed the breakfast crowd. There were only a few customers at the counter and seated throughout the small breakfast joint.
The employees were friendly as we walked in, and the whole vibe of the place was calm and welcoming.
I followed my friend’s advice and ordered the All-Star Breakfast, a classic combo that features a waffle, buttered toast, grits, two eggs, and a side of bacon.
I also went for the coffee, which our friendly and attentive waitress brought us right away.
Next, she served us our waffles, so that we’d get them hot and fresh. They came topped with a tiny tub of Waffle House’s mysterious “whipped spread.”
The concoction came with a long list of ingredients, but that didn’t stop me from smearing it all over my waffle.
Not too heavy and not too thin, the waffle was crispy, golden joy. I finished the whole thing before the rest of my breakfast arrived.
That waffle was a tough act to follow, but the rest of the All-Star team put up a good effort.
In my view, you can’t really go wrong with a little bacon.
While the toast wasn’t much to write home about, I thought the grits were a nice diversion from my usual Northern eating habits.
The late breakfast was filling and satisfying without feeling too heavy. For me, the All-Star Breakfast lived up to its name.
And the price was unbeatable. The whole miniature smorgasbord only cost $US11.08 all together.
A great waffle and excellent service makes for a wholly enjoyable brunch in my view.
My experience at Waffle House subverted my expectations. I’d definitely stop by for another waffle if I happen upon one the next time I’m in the South.