8 Things You Didn’t Know About Waffle House
Sure, it looks like just another American diner. But don't be fooled—this southern gem is full of surprises.
The Original Waffle House Had a Brief Hiatus as a Chinese Restaurant
In what we can only assume was some sort of midlife crisis, the group sold the original Waffle House in the 1970s, and the building housed a Chinese restaurant until 2007. The company repurchased the building and used original blueprints to restore it to its former 1950s glory, and operates the facility as a headquarters and museum, which is available for scheduled tours.
Waffle House Names Menu Items After Employees
Bert’s Chili, Lib’s Patty Melt, Walt’s Soup and Alice’s Iced Tea are all named after real Waffle House employees who helped create and perfect their menu items. While Waffle House doesn’t mess around much with their menus, they do occasional debut new items.
Waffle House Has Valentine’s Day Dinner
Sure, you could take your loved one on a gondola ride in Venice or witness a sunset from the Eiffel tower. But nothing will ever live up to the magic that is Valentine’s Day at Waffle House. They pull out all the stops, with white tablecloths and candles, heart-shaped waffles and t-bone steaks. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you’re planning a romantic breakfast for dinner at home—here are a few tips to making perfect waffles.
The Chain Has Its Own Music Label
Waffle House has been releasing its own music since 1984, with songs like “Waffle House For You and Me” and “There Are Raisins In My Toast.” It’s cheery, it’s weird, it makes you suddenly ravenous.
FEMA Uses Waffle House to Rank Natural Disasters
Waffle House is always open, come rain, come shine, come natural disaster. The chain is so well-known for keeping its doors open during disasters that FEMA has a scale called the Waffle House Index to rank storm damage based on how many Waffle Houses have closed or limited their menus. Here’s to hoping there are still steak and eggs available during the apocalypse.
Waffle House Pumps Up the Jams
The iconic Waffle House jukeboxes finally got their own awards program. The Tunie Awards, announced for the first time on November 15, 2018, ranked the most-played songs across all 1,900 Waffle House locations. While Khalid’s very smooth “Location” takes the first-place slot, the other hits run the genre gamut, from Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” to The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.”
They’ve Obviously Hosted the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Competition
And the competition was fierce. Although Joey Chestnut won two years in a row, besting his 2005 score of 18.5 waffles with an impressive 24 waffles in 2006, he lost the title in 2007 to Patrick Bertoletti, who consumed 29 waffles in 10 minutes.
It’s Insanely Popular
Okay, you probably knew this one already. But the statistics on the Waffle House website are seriously insane. They serve 341 strips of bacon a minute, and enough coffee every year to fill eight Olympic-sized swimming pools. And, if you laid the number of eggs they have served since 1955 side by side, they would span roughly the distance from Los Angeles to Moscow.