Looking for breakfast at noon on a Friday and I found my self at a Waffle House.
I was greeted by a white, middle aged manager and we were the only 2 white people in the place; at 12:05pm the place was slammed. I didn't want to sit at the counter, so I had to wait for them to clear a 'counter' booth; which is a booth that is serviced from the kitchen.
The kitchen was like a Chinese wedding; it seemed like a lot of people to make eggs and hash browns. It's a strange place because there's no register, but really no service either.
Waffle House Kitchen
I got coffee and ordered some eggs; $8.95 for steak and eggs. I ordered the steak medium rare and the eggs over easy. They have weird stuff like smothered hash browns, and I was afraid to order bacon here. I saw the kitchen staff.
Waffle House Coffee
Music here fits the clientele; dance music and more dance music.
The food came out in 7 minutes.
Waffle House Steak and Eggs
The eggs were certainly not over easy; they were somewhere between. The hash browns are superb. Much better than the junk I got at the Weston Diner.
Waffle House Eggs
The steak wasn't very good. Cooked medium-well with no seasoning, it was nothing more than a slab of protein. They used to have a T-Bone option, but now they have this. Who knows what cut this is.
Waffle House Steak
White toast was served unbuttered. I had to flag someone down to ask for butter, and she threw (literally) a bunch of these on the table.
Waffle House Buttery Spread
Surprisingly, by 12:30 the place was empty. From no seats to an empty restaurant in 1/2 hour. I guess a lot of people eat a late breakfast on Friday.
Yikes! This stuff is still legal?
Waffle House Interior
This is a particularly uncomfortable restaurant, from it's fast food seating to the clunky "service", if you can call it service. They have a strange way of cooking eggs; they cook them in oil in little stainless steel pans. I'm guessing it's a maintenance thing; the eggs don't stick to the pots and they dont need to keep the grill as clean, but I can tell from watching that the "cook" wasn't much of a cook. Ordering something cooked a particular way has little correlation to how the food will be cooked.
I'd never been to a Waffle House before. Not this location nor any other. I almost went in once before, but couldn't pull the trigger. Today I took the plunge.
Eating at the Waffle House is like eating at a small McDonald's. There are some tables so close to the kitchen that that you might brush up against the people cooking.
Waffle House Counter
I got a booth by the window and started looking over the menu. A server came over and I ordered coffee. A few minutes later he came over to tell me they were making a fresh pot. I guess they were out of coffee at 2:30pm.
Waffle House Coffee
Regardless of the freshness, the coffee is junk. I guess now that we drink designer coffee at home, it's difficult to drink the regular stuff at places like this. I couldn't decide what to have. They have a lot of unusual choices; steak and T-bone, steak and pork chops, waffle combos. jump-->I wondered about wrestling with a T-bone on the small, formica table. Wanting to stray from my habits, I ordered the regular pork chop and eggs dish. The "regular" comes with 2 chops and the "meatlovers" comes with 3.
As I was waiting, the not-so-bad silence went away as someone fired up the jukebox. Horrifically loud and bad music filled the air; Freddie Jackson and Joe. And with this location right on Powerline Road, the view isn't so hot either.
Waffle House Fort Lauderdale Interior
The good news is that it didn't take too long. It's a lot of food for $6.59.
Waffle House Eggs and Hash Browns
The eggs were competently made, with lots of hash browns and bad Wonder style toast. The pork chops were skinny and clearly made on a flattop grill.
Waffle House Pork Chops
I don't eat pork chops very often; restaurants charge as much for pork chops as they do for beef and it's just not worth it to me. They were actually pretty tasty, but I'd forgotten what a pain bone-in chops are to eat. Little strips of fat and gristle everywhere; it's an exercise in surgery. The hash browns were almost as good as iHop's; definitely better than the ones I'd gotten at the Plantation Diner last week.
The food was actually quite good; with 3 cups of bad coffee it came to $8.53; $10 even with tip. It's better food than Denny's or iHop, although Denny's is a nicer place to eat; if you can call Denny's nice. The Waffle House really is like eating at McDonald's