I’d passed by plenty of Waffle House locations over years of traveling in the South. My cousins lauded them, but I just figured that these college guys would rave about any place that would feed them at 2:00 AM. I now have to confess that I hadn’t given them enough credit.
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After a full day at the Oceans of Fun Waterpark our family of eight needed a good dinner on the double. We took a gamble on Waffle House and it paid off.
Waffle House is worth the stop for five reasons:
First of all, it’s an unassuming sit-down restaurant that wants you to be comfortable. You’ll see yourself and your kids to a table, but not without a friendly hello and a sense that you’re welcome.
A friendly attitude should be a no-brainer when it comes to restaurants, but can be surprisingly hard to find especially when you’re traveling with kids. Waffle House was a breath of fresh air, our kids pulled up a diner seat and were treated like family. This was impressive, especially because this particular location was understaffed.
Waffle House Home Cookin’
Diners are fun, but diners don’t always serve real food. One chain is infamous for its rubberized cherry tomatoes.
Another chain was a model of good food in the eighties but is now known for cutting corners (Coco’s). I experienced Coco’s poor service personally when I ordered an omelette.
What arrived was a visual definition of “underwhelming”—literally nothing more than a circle of cooked eggs folded over a slightly melted block of cheese. I was so shocked that I didn’t even think to ask for my money back.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was at Waffle House. My Texas Cheesesteak Melt with hash browns was more than satisfactory. Jennifer ordered a signature waffle with chocolate chips and enjoyed her meal as well.
But the question remained: Isn’t hunger the best sauce? We’d just come off of a full day of family fun at a waterpark—what would we not have eaten?
What hadn’t changed was the quality of the food. If anything, we enjoyed it more now that we weren’t so worn out.
I’m not sure why Waffle House makes such good food but my hunch is that they stick to what they’re good at. I don’t see them gallivanting into promotional meals or new menus.
While that won’t wow everyone, it certainly gains the praise of parents looking for reliable goodness at the end of the travel day. You rock Waffle House!
Clean and Bright
You can tell that Waffle House is built for road warriors. Every location is well lit and clean, exactly what you want when your bladder is full and your stomach is empty. This put Waffle House a step above your typical mom-and-pop shop (which can sometimes be a bit too homely).
Easy In, Easy Out
Basic is a plus when you’re traveling with kids. I love the fact that I can see everything from my booth seat. Practically every inch of the restaurant—other than the restroom and staff room—are within my scope of vision.
Could there be a better set-up when you’re feeding kids who’ve been cooped up for hours? I don’t have to wonder or be told what my kids are doing because I can see it all and address it immediately.
Everywhere & All the Time
Every parent knows that if something can go wrong, it will. Practically speaking, Waffle House is a rest stop resource for out-of-towners.
I’m not kidding! The options parents take for granted rapidly diminish once they pass the city limits. Restaurants and gas stations close early and even without warning in rural areas, leaving the traveler wondering about how to handle their current dilemma.
Waffle House provides a safe, dependable option for families, and that’s something worth writing about.
A Final Word
We see value to reviewing places without their knowledge and involvement. Waffle House was not apprised of either of our visits or of the fact that we would be writing this post.
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