I love Waffle House. I admit it. It’s one of the reasons I look forward to traveling because I know we’ll make a pit stop at the Waffle House and I can get all kinds of good, hearty food.
There is great Waffle House prejudice. Some think it’s dirty, some think it’s too “low class”. I love the simplicity of it and the portions are…large. We must overcome the prejudice in the name of good home cooked food.
Here’s the lowdown on Waffle House: They are open 24 hours a day and have hundreds of locations nationwide. They are not big on decor. Booths and counters, a jukebox, laminated menus at the table and the world’s most comprehensive condiment selection. I’m not kidding, there’s like 14 things on the table and they have another 10 or so things you can ask for.
The waffles are justifiably famous. Very good. But the eggs with cheese…make sure you get an order of eggs with cheese. Evidently, raisin toast is the standard accompaniment to eggs with cheese. Seems odd, but I went for it.
The hash browns. Wow. Nobody makes better hash browns then Waffle House. They have 8 different “mix ins” like ham, mushrooms, onions, cheese, tomatoes, chili, jalapenos…I think I’m forgetting one. In any event, they rock and they come with everything on the menu.
I normally get the country ham because Waffle House has a great country ham steak. But the pork chops were suggested so I tried them. They are three thin slices of boned pork chop, topped with onion, mushroom and cheese. They were delicious. Next time, I’ll still probably get the ham steak.
The nearest Waffle House to me is in Allentown. I’ve made that 30 minute trip a few times to get my Waffle House fix. If there’s one near you, you should to. It’s not tea at the Waldorf, but it’s good down home food made from scratch and quite delicious. And CHEAP.