Waffle House: My First Impressions

This week, the staff at Mid-American Culture was tasked with reviewing a restaurant with which we had little or no experience. I decided to write about the enigmatic Waffle House. I also tweaked the title everyone else is using a little bit to include this piece in  my “My First Impressions” series (because why not?). For the vast majority of my life, I was part of the significant minority of people who had never had Waffle House. People around me had always told me that it is a brilliant eating establishment, but for whatever reason, I never made time to try it. That is, until recently. To be fair, I went once as a small child but I have little to no memory of it and I couldn’t remember what I had or if I liked it. However, I consider the trip I made a few months ago to be my first true visit. I went with a friend from my work who was flabbergasted at the thought of a 20 year old who had never really had a Waffle House experience. I am eternally grateful to her for putting me on to the magical wonder that is Waffle House.

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During my first visit, my friend recommended to me that I try the chocolate chip waffles. This will undoubtedly be my go-to order moving forward. These are, without a doubt, some of the best waffles I have ever had. I am still a pancake guy to the core, but I can still respect a good waffle. That experience was very pleasant, but it left something to be desired because I didn’t truly get the full Waffle House experience. For that, I feel you have to go late at night and order one of their sensational side options. It was during my most recent visit that I really got that experience.

While driving to Tennessee for my recent vacation (check out my piece on that vacation here), we stopped at a Waffle House after a long day of being stuck in the car. It was approximately 11 p.m. There was only one other group in the restaurant and they looked exactly like what you would expect the late-night Waffle House crowd to look like.  The atmosphere was perfect. I ordered my staple chocolate chip waffles and also added an order of country ham. This was one of the best food-related decisions I have made in a very long time. The ham was great and the waffles never disappoint. I also sampled some of my mom’s hash browns and those were immaculate. I will most definitely order those on my next trip. Everyone in my family loved the Waffle House visit. The service was very prompt, the staff was surprisingly friendly given the late hour at which we were there, and the food was great.

Overall, I loved my first Waffle House experiences. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it before. In the words of some tweet I saw on twitter a few months ago, “it isn’t a Waffle House. It’s a Waffle Home”. That sums it up perfectly. I hope to go back to my Waffle Home very soon.

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The Most Overrated Eating Establishment of All Time

Prior to today, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week. My busy schedule paired with being sick has kept me from brainstorming any ideas for articles. This problem solved itself when I saw my breakfast.

Knowing that I was in for another busy day, my mother was sweet enough to get me a Tudors biscuit. As a matter of fact, it was an order of biscuits and gravy with a hash brown. While I was all sorts of grateful she was kind enough to do this, I was quickly reminded of my complete and utter hatred of Tudor’s Biscuit World.

Tudor’s is a staple in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. I have absolutely no earthly idea why. The line at Tudor’s in the mornings has been known to literally prevent the flow of traffic at my local location. It is mind-boggling why this happens. The is virtually always a 10+ minute long wait. Once you finally get to the menu to place your order, you can’t understand a word that the person speaking through the speaker says. Once you finally get to the window, you’re handed your food by a drive-thru worker who, in my personal experience, generally isn’t very nice. The disappointment only continues when you get home and prepare to eat the food. To my constant horror, my biscuits are literally ALWAYS burnt. I genuinely can not remember the last time I went to Tudor’s and they didn’t burn my biscuit. How difficult is it for a restaurant specializing in biscuits to properly prepare a biscuit? Literally the only redeeming qualities I can name about Tudor’s is that they have a rather good gravy which generally can make their burnt monstrosity of a biscuit palatable (depending on how burnt it is), and they also have very good coffee. I would be amiss if I weren’t to mention these two things as a sort of counter to my rant.

When I moved to this area approximately 12 years ago, I experienced Tudor’s for the first time. Given the hype, I was exciting. I left bitterly disappointed then. I leave there bitterly disappointed to this day. In my opinion, Tudor’s is hands down the most overrated eating establishment I have ever experienced.

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