Things southern: Waffle House

I’ve asked a number of Yanks what they remember about the south, and the first thing that comes to mind is almost always Waffle House. There’s nothing extraordinary about this 24-hour diner chain except the fact that, well, it’s a 24-hour diner chain and they’re ubiquitous. Whether you’re on the highway, in the city, or the suburbs, you’re bound to see the bright yellow sign.

There are 22 Waffle Houses within the city limits of Atlanta, and I pass by 5 on my way to work (that’s about one per mile). Not overly suprising considering that the original restaurant still exists in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates.

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W.H. on Cheshire Bridge

The menu

Waffle House owns a lot of titles in the food world: top waffle dealer, #1 omelet peddler and largest T-bone pusher in the world. Do Waffle House doors have locks? Maybe you should ask the burgeoning Waffle House fan club, or post your question to alt.food.waffle-house. And if you have a chance to visit one, don’t forget the rules to the Waffle House drinking game.

90 thoughts on “Things southern: Waffle House

  1. I just got offered my own waffle house to manage and I need someone to tell me whether I need to work there or not. Please?

  2. I love waffle house food! The strange thing about every waffle house I have been to is that all the employees look like red necks and/or white trash. Love them all anyways, really friendly!

    • You use the word red necks and white trash in the same sentence, show how stupid you are.

  3. I tried the Waffle House on Powers & Galley in Colorado Springs. Ugh! I asked for eggs over well..got them scrambled. I asked for bacon..it was paper thin, had no flavor, and no meat.Only the grits were worth eating.

  4. Great goodness, I didn’t know that waffle house was such a big thing. Web sites dedicated to it? Then again, here I am at 2.00 am searching for a waffle house menu…posting a comment about it…

  5. Spike made a comment about Waffle House waitresses being “low-class undisciplined gals.” Oh how very nasty and not completely true. I have been a Waffle House waitress for 5 years, was in School Cafeteria Management for 10 years prior, and an Executive Secretary for 10 years prior to that. I was raised in a christian home, am educated and certainly not “low-class.” Not every Waffle House employee is the same. I personally make great money. If you ever get to Wilmington, NC, SPIKE, I challenge you to come meet the waitresses on 1st shift at the Monkey Junction unit. Sorry, but we would certainly prove you WRONG.

  6. MY WHOLE FAMILIY LOVES THE
    WAFFLE HOUSE. I WAS A MANAGER IN ONE FOR TWO YEARS IN OKLA CITY
    AND MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WAS A
    WAITRESS IN WAFFLE HOUSE FOR TEN
    YEARS. SINCE WE HAVE MOVED TO
    OMAHA NEB THE ONLY WAFFLE HOUSE THEY HAVE IS IN LINCOLN. 60 MILES
    AWAY, BELLEVUE NE IS OUTSIDE OMAHA
    AND IS THE TIRD LARGEST CITY IN THE STATE AND GROWING FAST EVERY WAY YOU TURN A NEW RESTARUANT IS GOING UP. I JUST WISH THERE WAS A WAFFOE HOUSE.
    WAFFLE HOUSE
    LOVER
    DAN

  7. I live in LA having moved from Atlanta. That’s the one thing I miss albeit I didn’t keep enough tp stocked for too many frequent visits while I resided there. The hashbrowns are just too good though. Always make it in when I’m back in Atlanta for work each month. Wonder when they’ll expand to the west coast.

  8. I lived in the Georgia for 15 years 2 years in TN and I now live in WA. I’m originally from WI. Please bring the House to the Tri-cities in WA. I miss it so. I go to other places to eat my “hashbrowns all the way” but they don’t even come close. Please come to Richland, Pasco or Kennewick. We need you here.

  9. I work at Waffle Hoouse. In June it will be 11 years. Waffle House is not a bad company. It happens to be a wonderful place to work with many options to move up. The problem seems to be poor management, employees and training. If the management doesn’t care, neither will anyone else. Just ask Troy Lewis of Newnan, Georgia. He has ruined unit 888 to the point that food safety and handling is pathetic and sales have dropped over 1000 a day in less than 1 year. He is awful, and has made a bad name for that store.

  10. thanks to the wafflehouse staff at the SAV/HH airport. you guys have brought many a smile to all us late shifters. the reason for restaurant regulars is the PEOPLE who work there and i couldnt ask for a better bunch. thanks again guys and see ya thurs!

  11. Absolutely LOVE the Awful Waffle! I sat with my writing partner in those booths many a night while we were dreaming of TV careers. Moved from the Southeast to California and made sure to hit the westernmost Waffle House in the nation before arriving in the land of fruits and nuts. (It’s in Goodyear, Arizona by the way – or at least it was when I moved out there.) I was always sure to hit the Waffle House when I came back on trips. Now that I’m living in the southeast again I make sure to pay my respects at the House of Scattered, Smothered, *Double* Covered, Chunked, Diced, and Peppered at least once a week!

  12. Beware Folks out there ! WAFFLE HOUSE is the dirtiest place I have ever been. Floors,tables and kitchen,etc.are all dirty. I cannot believe how the management of this restaurant can have a business like this and lasts that long. I am sure they are not the only place that serves a better waffle,we will not ever go back there again.

  13. True, Waffle House is a good place. I have worked there for three years and gained knowledge in multiple areas. I started out as a salesperson when i was 16, learning people skills. I soon became a Grill Operator, and learned how to cook. in the process, you learn how to clean, count, and be a plumber*(clogged drains and toilets. lol)*. I then went on to be trained as a lead associate and assistant manager. unfortunately, before I became a manager they dropped the assistant manager position, so you only have unit and district. Also, I have the menu prices for anybody who needs them. Also, I have nutrition facts. *I had to learn them* so if anybody has any questions or comments, you can email me at [email protected]. Also, I work at a waffle house in virginia, on boydton Plank road in Dinwiddie. If ever you get a chance to stop by, do so. You won’t regret it. The PICKLE *(acronym for our services)* starts here with Dinner and a show where the employees are number 2 and the customers are number 1. SO stop by and enjoy americas best coffee, our famous hashbrowns served smothered,covered,chunked,diced, peppered, capped, topped, and any other combination you could possibly put together.

    David Little

  14. I am David Adams District manager along side with my lover and franchise owner Jim Dyer we run 6 stores in Phoenix az pop into one of our lkocations 51st&McDowell 59th and MCDowell 83rd &MCDowell or goodyear deer valley and bell road locations say David Adams sent you fora free waffle and a coffee mug

  15. California is a progressive in recognizing it has no need for another FAT FOOD RESTAURANT. With escalating health problems to match the economic downturn, in the next ten years that shitty little blubber making dive will be out of business. That waffle shack is not in California for that reason and will NEVER enter California. The owner lacks an important ingredient for the success of hid business. COMPETENCE! The shitty little existence it has at this point is run by a bunch of ignorant fools that do not know how to bus tables, so try not to talk to the employees; They will not acknowledge you because they are void people skills. ITS A WAFFLE HOUSE – ONLY! DA!

  16. Of all my past experiences, I’d have to say that the one I rue the most is my involvement with the Waffle House as a Manager Trainee and then Unit manager. From the very beginning the relationship cost me more than it was worth. I had just moved to Atlanta and had moved in to the spare bedroom of my brother’s apartment.

    As I was searching for gainful employ, I responded to an ad in the Atlanta Journal-constitution. I had at the time just separated from four years of service in the Marines as a Food Service Specialist (cook) and it was the base of my experience. The ad as it turns out was from AAA Employment. I had no experience with these kinds of services and quickly found myself being taken advantage. I interviewed twice, once with a management recruiter for Waffle House and then with my future division manager Jim H. We negotiated a salary and the fee for AAA was supposedly added to it. Once I accepted the terms and had started the training program, AAA contacted me wanting their money right away. Waffle House had pulled a bait and switch! I discovered after I had started, that the “Salary” we negotiated was simply the basis upon which a hourly wage was determined while I was in training and once I actually became a Unit Manager, I would make a base salary plus a package of bonuses. AAA was adamant when I tried to explain my situation to them that I had to pay them or I could not take the job. I should have taken the “or”. So the next six weeks of hourly pay, or practically the whole training period at “Waffle House University” went to AAA and I depended heavily on my brother’s good nature. In retrospect I should have seen what was coming when I had to sign a contract that essentially made me financially responsible and accountable for all food and money in the restaurant.

    The next chapter in this story opens with me moving out of my brother’s place and into a one bedroom apartment in Lithonia, GA in order to be assigned to my first Waffle House as a prerequisite. The restaurant I was eventually assigned after working “Internships” at other Waffle Houses in Jim’s division was unit #580 on Evans Mill Rd. in Lithonia. I showed up at 6:30am to discover I was replacing one of my management training classmates. I was instructed to send him to the district manager’s other store which was on the opposite side of the interstate exit we were adjacent to. I then proceeded to meet the staff of my first restaurant as manager and worked the entire day with them. Unit Manager at Waffle House is pretty straight forward. You cook the first shift of the day, 7:00am to 2:00pm. You then change shifts, count out the sales from the first shift, replace the cash register drawer with the new shift, fill out a sales report and make a bank deposit for sales from the last twenty four hours. After which the manager inventories the food on the floor and replaces what was used during the last day from the commissary which is kept under lock and key.

    My mistake as I would later learn was that I was not properly “Checked in” to the restaurant by the district manager that morning and had thusly assumed all responsibility blindly. The district manager “Darrel” showed up at the next shift change (9pm) to do a audit of food and money. As this was all new and exciting to me and I have a habit in general to trust people, found myself being taken to the bank. Darrel audited the cash which came out just fine. Then we went to the commissary and inventoried all the food, which also came out fine. BUT, when we came back to the office we discovered we (I) had not secured the cash in the safe and after recounting discovered five hundred dollars missing. I was afforded the opportunity to replace the cash personally or it would have to be reported and I would most likely lose my job on the first day and the money would have been deducted from my pay and a bill sent to me for the remainder. Thus was the nature of the contract I had signed.

  17. A EMPLOYEE BEHIND THE COUNTER WAS SLICING CARROTS, DROPPED ONE ON THE FLOOR , PICKED IT UP,
    ALSO SLICED IT THEN DELIVERED IT TO A WAITRESS AT THE END OF THE COUNTER THAT WAS MAKING SALADS! GARDENDALE, AL – ONE OF THE LOWEST, NASTIEST
    RESTAURANTS I’VE VISITED.

  18. I have been a regular at the local Waffle House in Corydon, IN. for several years, and I have had some of the best times of my life in that place, and yes, there have been some wild things happen there, and that’s what I love about the place… it feels more like a home to me at times, than my actual home does. I have made many wonderful friends there and have have had more laughs there, than just about any other place I can think of… and wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Not all of the employees there are as friendly as the ones on 3rd shift, but then again, going there during 3rd shift is when all the fun and crazy stuff takes place… I guess that what I’m trying to say is, Waffle House isn’t just a great place to eat, but it’s also one heck of a place to go to meet old friends, and to make new ones… And to those people who have only negative comments to make… “It may not be your most favorite place to go when you’re hungry, or just wanna’ sit with friends for a while, but to me, and many other people that I know, our local Waffle House is one hell of a great place.”

  19. I would like to let Jim Dyer know one of his stores, number 972 in Phoenix Arizona, 59th Ave and I-10, is in serious trouble. The manager Shannon M. is doing all the right things, but she needs help from you so her store can pass BASIC HEALTH STANDARDS. I suggest HIGHLY you contact her and let her know what your plans are for repairs in that store. She has need of a competent plumber to repair the plumbing in that store. The request was submitted for repair, and the plumber was sent out to fix the problems. I am not a plumber BUT I KNOW I CAN DO BETTER than the repair I saw. The water was still leaking when he left. I hope this notification will suffice in regards to the problem. I am not trying to cause anyone grief, but my job would allow me to if is needed. I hope you understand. I also would like you to check on that overwhelming smell of fuel from, I suppose, the fuel stop next door. There is a leak somewhere, or it would not smell that bad all the time. Thank You for you immediate attention in regards to this simple problem. RLT

    • Shannon was a meth head and identity theft and stole 10K from Jim when she was manager at 59th ave and was fucking David Adams too.

  20. HEY I WAS JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT FROM ANYONE IF POSSIBLE IF YOU KNOW OF ANY JOB OPENINGS FOR A COOK AT ANY OF THE WAFFLE HOUSE IN PHENIX CITY ALABAMA MY FRIEND NEEDS A JOB REALLY BAD CAN WORK ANY SHIFT PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN BE OF ANY HELP IT WOULF DEEPLY BE APPRECIATED SO VERY MUCH GOD BLESS AND HAVE A NICE DAY OUR PHONE NUMBER IS 706-289-5943

  21. Who was Waffle House’s employee of the month? Nobody. How do you sing the Waffle House commercial jingle? You don’t sing it; you fart it. How do you tell the difference between an omelette made at the Waffle House and a big pile of steaming vomit? The vomit has more flavor.

  22. I just got hired by Waffle House as a Manager In Training and fired up about the company that gave me a chance to have a FULL-TIME JOB!!! Now for those of you posting negative comments about my employer I disagree with you!!! The Food is Great and so are the Waffle House family. Thank God for the good ole USA and Praises for the Wonderful Waffle House INC!!!

  23. Who’s Hiring in this Bad Economy? Who’s Hiring at a time when people are struggling to find a job? Who’s Hiring when all these other businesses are falling apart and laying off their employee’s?
    WAFFLE HOUSE BABY!!!! Scattered Covered and Smothered!!!!

  24. michael c., so how has your experience been so far? I am in the process of interviewing, and it seems they are going to hire me, but I am a little nervous because I have no experience in this area at all..Any suggestions or advice?

  25. I worked at the old waffle for 10 years. I loved my home store in Davie florida (yes the one where people were murdered in the freezer) But when i transferred to my new store i never knew there could be so many mean,nasty people under one roof at one time. Its located right next to a crakle barrel and if you were lucky you might walk out the door with 20 bux only becuase there was no bussiness whats soever. I could go on and on about this place but i wouldent waste my time working at a waffle house again.

  26. I just finished my first interview and going in for my second tomorrow. I think I,m going to enjoy working at Waffle House. The one in Slidell LA is nice. After working at Holiday Inn for 4 yrs. waitressing and bartending, this is going to be a positive change. Everyone is friendly and works well together. I eat there often and never could get hash browns so great anywhere else.

    Wendy

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