Despite my propensity to use the word y’all in every day conversation and my love of Jack Daniel’s, I am a Northern girl to my core. I drive like crap, I hate talking to strangers and give me enough to drink and I can barely fight my hideous RI accent. I haven’t been there in 9 years but I am a Rhody girl through and through. This is why it blew my mind when the crowd here revolted last year when they learned I’d never been to Waffle House. Sure, I have driven through the South but our family’s southern fare of choice was always Cracker Barrel (we like racism with our country apples, apparently). There are far worse since….such as the complete lack of a letter between Q and S in my native tongue.
During my visit to Atlanta, BettyJoan took it upon herself to right this deeply offensive wrong. She is doing the people’s work. I knew I would love the place as soon as the waitress standing in front of the building, covered in prison ink and smoking a cigarette, opened the door for us.
This woman turned out to be our waitress. Her name was Deb and she was missing multiple teeth. She was friendly, welcoming, and completely thrilled that I this was my virgin voyage to a Waffle House. Now this was a woman who has clearly towed a rocky path in life but she was totally awesome in that that woman who calls you “sweetheart” at the diner kind of way. We don’t see people like this in DC.
And the food you ask? Well, any breakfast sandwhich served on grilled Texas toast is ok in my book. It was slathered in butter and shamefully sinful, but hey it was vacation and believe me, I have paying the piper at the gym. I got hashbrown, sweet delicious hash browns, “smothered” with onions and they were pretty damn perfect. BettyJoan was kind enough to let me steal a few bites of her chocolate chip waffle and that was pretty delicious as well. (Speaking of BettyJoan being kind, she is doing a triathlon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Have you made a donation? You should. All the cool kids are.)
So finally, FINALLY, this Northern girl has tried a Waffle House. All the wrongs in the Universe have been righted and I can sleep easy at night.