Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day at the Waffle House

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All the talk of White Castle for Valentine's Day had me pining for my favorite 24 hour chain restaurant, The Waffle House. Fortunately Lawman and I were bound for Pennsylvania, home of the Northern most Waffle House, this weekend and there was no question where we were heading for Valentine's Day...

Waffle House Menu

But what to order? It's been awhile since we've had a Waffle House fix, so our eyes were a bit bigger than our stomachs. Lawman ordered up the All Star Special Breakfast: Two eggs over medium, wheat toast, three strips of bacon, cheese grits, and a waffle. I ordered a waffle, one biscuit with sausage gravy and a large order of hash browns scattered, smothered, covered, and peppered--for the uninitiated that's hashed brown potatoes: "scattered" (spread on the grill), "smothered" (with onions), "covered" (with cheese), and "peppered" (with jalapeƱo peppers). You can also get your hash browns, "chunked" (with diced ham), "diced" (with diced tomatoes), "capped" (with mushrooms), "topped" (with chili) or "all the way" (with all available toppings).

This was one mighty breakfast.

Waffle House Waffle-1

Moist yet slightly chewy, sweet and slightly malty, Waffle House waffles are always a treat.

waffle house waffle close up

Hello, waffle. I love you!

Waffle with Syrup

Waffle House waffles are sweet enough for me to eat on there own, but Lawman likes his with syrup.

WH Hash Browns

Here are the scattered, smothered, covered, and peppered hash browns.

Waffle House Hash Brown

I usually go for hash browns scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked, but the pepper was a nice kick.

WH Biscuit and Gravy

The sausage and biscuits were skippable.

WH biscuits and gravy

While the biscuits were buttery and pleasant the sausage gravy wasn't much to write home about and with so many other tasty options on the menu, safe the tummy space.

Eggs Grits and toast from WH

Lawman liked his cheese grits and eggs. Next time I'll be sure to order some protein with my breakfast instead of a starch triple play (biscuit, waffle, and hash browns)

WH Receipt

Our whole giant breakfast was under $15. Not bad at all. Especially for Valentine's Day Dining.

Inside the Waffle House

As we were finishing breakfast we overheard a couple at the counter say that they had driven from New Jersey just for a WH fix on V-Day. Aww.

Bethlehem Waffle House

The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Waffle House, 97.03 miles from NYC

Waffle Houses are located in 25 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
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Waffle House Sign

Apparently there is a Waffle House Museum in Decatur, Georgia. Sounds like a road trip to me, Blondie...

9 comments:

Ian Garlic said...

Valentines Day and Waffle house are very appropriate as I LOVE THE WAFFLE HOUSE. I have debated between opening one of these or a Chik Fil A in NY. Maybe I should make a Presidents Day Trip and have both...

Sarah said...

Jealous! I freakin love WH. Sounds like a lovely V-day breakfast to me.

NYU-Foodie said...

BTW there is a Chik Fil A in NYC, its in one of the NYU dorms cafs', i believe its the only one in NY?! But you should deff open a Waffle House...

P.S
if either Blondie or Brownie would like to go to Chik Fil A i would be more than happy to treat them.

Rick said...

You're making me hungry! I worked at the Waffle House for years and now I'm missing the food! But when did they start selling Biscuits and Gravy? That's a new one on me.

Michelle said...

Reading this made me miss that exact Waffle House in Bethlehem, PA! I went to college at Lehigh University and just reading about the Waffle House brought back some great memories. :-)

naybanana said...

Very good.
Thank You so much.

Mike said...

I know I'm a little late here and I don't want to burst your bubble, but you did not visit the northernmost Waffle House. Bethlehem is at 40.63 degrees north. There are several Waffle Houses in Toledo which is at 41.67 degrees north. In fact I don't think you even visited the northernmost WH in the Allentown?bethlem area. It looks like you were at the Cherry Lane location. There's a Waffle House on Airport Road a couple miles north of where you were.
Sounds like an opportunity for a few more road trips!

Brownie said...

@Mike: haha. I had no idea that there was a Waffle House in Toledo. I did later discover that there is another Waffle House in Allentown and I believe that you are correct that it's slightly more northern than the Bethlehem branch though the Bethlehem location is still the closest I can find to NYC. So I suppose the Bethlehem location is the second northernmost Waffle House on the eastern seaboard. Has a nice ring, don't you think?

Brownie said...

@Mike: haha. I had no idea that there was a Waffle House in Toledo. I did later discover that there is another Waffle House in Allentown and I believe that you are correct that it's slightly more northern than the Bethlehem branch though the Bethlehem location is still the closest I can find to NYC. So I suppose the Bethlehem location is the second northernmost Waffle House on the eastern seaboard. Has a nice ring, don't you think?