The Waffle House Experience

Waffle & Hash browns

Waffles & Hash browns

My personal experience at the Waffle House was less than ideal.  It started when I drove up to the place and parked my car.  The few workers that were there were all congregated outside the place just ‘hanging out.’  It definitely wasn’t a staff meeting.

On this particular day, I happened to go straight after work.  The place was pretty empty except for one lone man eating on the far side of the restaurant from where I was seated.

As you may or may not know, the menu is also very limited here—waffles, eggs, hash browns, and maybe a couple other things, but that’s pretty much it.  I placed my order with the girl who escorted me to my table—she also happened to be the one that cooked my food as she smacked on her chewing gum.

As I observed my surroundings and watched her cook my food, I realized anyone could probably just come in off the street and slop their own food around in this “kitchen.”  The place did not look very clean and it was less than appealing to watch the food being made.

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More Fun Times At That Newfound Diner

French Toast at the diner

French Toast made with thick sourdough bread dipped in a secret batter, topped with butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.

How can you not love three thick pieces of buttery goodness French toast?

Ranch Wrap made with fried chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, ranch dressing, Jack & cheddar cheese, and a spring mix wrapped in a garlic-herb tortilla.

Wrapped Up made with egg whites, turkey, avocado, mushrooms, and Jack cheese wrapped in a spinach tortilla; served with salsa and fresh fruit.

Fried Chicken Salad made with fried chicken, chopped romaine, tomatoes, Jack & cheddar cheese, onions, cucumbers, bacon, egg, croutons, and ranch dressing; served with a muffin.

Chicken Salad Sandwich made with chicken salad, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese on a croissant; served with fries.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, keep going to your favorite diner till you’ve tried everything on their menu at least once.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  There’s nothing wrong with having found a new little diner as your second home.

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My Rule Of Thumb

My Rule Of Thumb

Breakfast at the diner

Pancake, French Toast with thick sourdough bread topped with powdered sugar, and a Waffle topped with powdered sugar; served with loads of butter and maple syrup.

You all know my rule of thumb:  When you can’t decide between one or more things, just get one of each and save yourself the headache and stress of deciding.  Why put yourself through all the torture for crying out loud?!

Here was such an occasion.  I decided to go eat breakfast at that newly discovered diner I found.  (Not to be confused with the regular diner I go to for 6″ x 5″ x 2″ cinnamon rolls and whatnot.)

I knew all morning I wanted something that required syrup—a pancake, a waffle, or French toast.  And at this new diner I discovered, all three are phenomenal.  So it was tough choosing.

After all, I had given this a lot of thought on the home front from the moment I woke up and up until I left the house.  It also consumed my thoughts on the 20-minute drive out to the diner, and during the 10 minutes or so that I told the server to give me after I was handed the menu once I arrived.  Geez!

It was IMPOSSIBLE to decide!  In my head, they all seemed so great that I knew I could devour any one of them at a moment’s notice.  As I was sitting at the table, it hit me all of a sudden—my rule of thumb!  If there ever was a time to apply my rule, this was it.  I mean, I had already marinated on it a little too long as it was, ya think?

Man!  Once I realized my rule of thumb was available to use—the stress of thinking about it all and making a decision about what to order just seamlessly floated away.  ‘Just give me one of each.’  Now I can consume my thoughts with something else or leave it entirely blank.  Ahhh, the good life.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, see if you can apply my rule of thumb to any given situation you find yourself in.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  No need to rack your brain with hard decisions.  The rule of thumb is there for a reason.

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A Cafe I Should Have By-Passed

Breakfast at a cafe

Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hash browns, Biscuits & Gravy, Pancake, and Cinnamon Sugar Toast.

Now this is one café I could have done without going to altogether!  I tried this café on the advice of a couple of ladies (whom I did not know) who said this was an absolutely great little diner to get some good eatin’.

I had never heard of it and didn’t even know where it was located—but I found my way.  Boy, did I ever!

The café was pretty much empty except for the neighborhood regulars—who, surprisingly, can eat subpar food.  I couldn’t even eat all mine—it was so NOT good.  Only the cinnamon sugar toast made me smile a tad.

As you can see from the windowsill, there were two dead flies who seemed to have found themselves a permanent burial site as well.  That’s always a plus.  (I noticed this as I was eating my delectable breakfast, no less.)

Nobody that was there was happy to be there—or at least as you can tell from their faces they looked unhappy or grumpy.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, try a new little café in your part of town—even if only to give you the knowledge of how great or not it is.  Maybe you can save a friend from a similar fate.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Not every little café/diner that someone else thinks is over-the-top fantastic is going to be that way to you.