Order Up! Scattered, Smothered, Covered


Some say it’s a Southern Icon, some have never heard of it. It’s only the best late night franchise dinner. Waffle House. If you haven’t eaten in one lately you are missing out. Obviously in this town of 300 we have lil more than a gas station, but  I did have the chance to make a trip to town this weekend, so obviously stopped for breakfast.

Waffle House, founded in an Atlanta Suburb in 1955, is your family dinner, where the wait staff hollers out your order and you can watch the cooks at the grill from any seat in the house. The place never closes (so why do they still have locks on the doors?) and breakfast is served 24/7. Come to think of it, I can’t recall ever ordering anything but breakfast. Waffle Houses are found in 25 states, mostly Southern, and are usually close to busy highways. Some claim it’s too greasy, others just don’t like the food. I say great, more for me. You’ll find many people who also lay sintimental claim to Waffle House as well. I know I spent many, many late nights there in college, and my mom would take my brothers and I there for breakfast before school every Friday morning. Sometimes it’s great to just go and grab a cup of coffee around midnight for the entertainment value.

Other than waffles, WH is also pretty well known for its hashbrowns and coffee. Since 1955 WH has served 877,388,027 Waffles,  1,800,286,157 Hashbrown Orders, and 1,289,801,887 Cups of Coffee. That’s a lot of food from farmers and ranchers. WH is also a huge marketer of steaks, specifically T-bones, selling 134,842,441 since 1955.

Everyone has their own way to order up hasbrowns at a Waffle House. My favorite is Scattered, Smothered, Covered. For those not fluent in Waffle-House-ese that’s scattered on the grill with onions and cheese.

Don’t think I missed any, but if I did, let me know and I’ll add em. And yes, you can find Waffle House on Facebook and Twitter. Are you a WH Regular?

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Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

2 Comments on Order Up! Scattered, Smothered, Covered

  1. Waffle House sounds great! We don’t have them in Vermont, we have Denny’s and International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Both are pretty good, and Denny’s, for a small extra price, offers little containers of REAL maple syrup. I always pay the extra, pancakes and waffles are just not the same without it. We also love Cracker Barrel, none located in VT, but there are some in MA and NY. They offer amazing breakfasts, sausage gravy being the most rib-sticking. Who doesn’t like gravy? My husband loves it when I make chipped beef and gravy, full of nice dried beef, custom shaved at our local general store, and full of sliced hard-boiled eggs….mmmm…we’re having it tonight!

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    • Mmm now you have made me really hungry Julie. We really don’t have a lot of Denny’s in our area, but are getting more Cracker Barrels all the time. I love their breakfast, but they’ve got a pretty dang good dinner and supper menu as well. IHOP is just one of those places I would go to study for the free coffee and wi-fi in college. I’m not so hot on their food.

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