Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered and capped


Bet you didn’t know that Atlanta is the home base of the Waffle House chain of eating establishments.  And that there is a Waffle House Museum in Decatur, GA. And that Waffle House helps predict extreme weather events.

Of course not.  Why would you?

“Plllllease tell us more AGMA!”  I can hear you beg…    I know you want to all become Waffle Houseinistas!

Waffle House is a “restaurant” (I use this word loosely) chain that serves – duh – waffles.

They also have other breakfast offerings as well as pork chops, T-bone steaks, burgers, grilled sammies and Texas melts.

AGMA’s personal favorite is the raisin toast.

Every Waffle House restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Every single one. So when you’re on the road on Christmas Day and EVERYTHING else is closed, you can always stop into a Waffle House for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  As long as you’re traveling through the South or Midwest or the lower Eastern Seaboard.  Or southern Arizona.

AGMA and fam did this several times in the 90’s and early 2000’s out of sheer desperation.

This was before I was a Waffle House convert.

Don’t judge me.

Waffle House has 2100 locations in 25 states, with over 15% of them located in the Atlanta Metro area.

They sell 10,000 T-bone steaks a day. Everyday.  And use 2% of all the eggs used in the Food Service Industry. Waffle House is the world’s (and most probably the universe’s) leading server of waffles, hash browns, eggs and cheese, country ham, pork chops, and grits.

Waffle House is a force unto itself.

Who knew?

Because Waffle House is open 24/7, they need to be prepared for really bad weather.  They have something called The Waffle House Storm Center that mobilized during extreme weather and determines if they can continue operations in the area.

Eat your heart out Starbucks…

FEMA (when the government isn’t shut down) uses something called The Waffle House index as part of the criteria in gauging the severity of weather events:

Green: Waffle House is serving a full menu and electricity is on.

Yellow: Waffle House is serving a limited menu, may be low on food supplies, and is likely using an electrical generator.

Red: Waffle House is closed. (Oh sh*t, time to panic.)

When Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle last October, it was Code Red. Waffle House shut down 30 restaurants in the area.

Oh sh*t is right!

But to AGMA, who has grown fond of Waffle House over the 10+ years I’ve lived in Atlanta (don’t judge me), the most fascinating aspect of WH is the way they dish up their hash browns.

Try to follow along…

Order hash browns scattered and your get crispy hash browns.

Scatter and smothered adds onions.

Scattered, smothered & covered adds onions and melted cheese.

Scattered, smothered, covered & chunked adds onions, melted cheese and ham.

Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked & topped adds onions, melted cheese, ham and chili.

Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped & diced adds onions, melted cheese, ham, chili and diced tomatoes.

Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced & peppered adds onions, melted cheese, ham, chili, diced tomatoes and jalapeños.

Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered & capped adds….yada yada yada and mushrooms.

Or you can go “all the way”…

Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!

Somebody with way too much time on their hands (a furloughed government employee perhaps?) figured out that there are 2,048 possible combinations of the above.


Waffle House is quickly approaching legendary status.  It’s had books and songs written about it.  AGMA is pretty sure there were no Grammy winners, but you can play some of the songs on the Jukebox that is in most every WH.

Famous people love WH and WH loves famous people.  Kim and Kanye doubled dated there with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.   AGMA and Hubs also dine occasionally Waffle House.  Like I said, famous people.

Since LA and Boston have no Waffle Houses, I predict that Rams and Patriot players will be spotted in WHs around Atlanta in the lead up to the Super Bowl on February 3rd. They can eat a whole lotta stick to the ribs (and arteries) food for pretty darned cheap!

In 2016, Anthony Bourdain went on what was probably his most adventurous culinary adventure of his career.  He ate at a Waffle House.  Of the experience, he said, “It is indeed marvelous — an irony-free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts; where everybody regardless of race, creed, color or degree of inebriation is welcomed.”

AGMA’s getting misty eyed…

Hubs and I have seen both Waffle Palace and the sequel, Waffle Palace Christmas; plays based, in part, on actual incidents that have happened at Atlanta area Waffle Houses.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

True – so true – for the other WH (White House) as well.

Hey, maybe Individual #1 will treat the Super Bowl winning team to WH in the WH. One can only hope…

Finally, you can take the love of your life to Waffle House for Valentines Day!

Waffle House pulls out all the stops and dresses up some of its locations with candlelight, tablecloths and flowers.  Says CEO Walt Ehmer, “A perfect Valentine’s dinner consists of soft music, great food and a welcoming atmosphere.  And we have all three waiting for those who are ready.”

Are you ready?
Let me know how that works out for you…
To learn more about Waffle House (and you know you want to…) click here!

31 thoughts on “Scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered and capped

  1. Do you know – there’s not a single Waffle House here in Buffalo, NY. In fact, judging from their locations map, there aren’t any anywhere in New York State! Guess maybe they don’t like our weather – it might ruin their 24/7 reputation, at least October through March. Just as well – deciphering that menu would give me a headache.

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    • The menu is a whole other “thing”… And you’re right – it does give you a bit of a headache! But if you’ve never been to a WH, I urge you to put it on your bucket list to visit if you take a road trip through “Waffle House territory”!


      • AGMA – when I win the lottery, I will plan a trip to your area and you can take me to WH (my treat, of course). So long as they don’t decide to close simply because they’ve heard I’m on my way.


    • I grew up in the midwest, and there are plenty of them there. Waffle House is more of a New Jersey kind of place rather than New York. It’s unpretentious, fun, and a great place to people watch. If you want to see something interesting, hit a Waffle House at 2 a.m. when the bars all close. Love Waffle House. The menu is a laminated place mat. I don’t think you can get any easier than that.

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      • Yeah, I can’t imagine a Waffle House in California, and I live outside of Atlanta and am a former resident of San Diego. Waffle House is unpretentious, it’s proud to be a greasy spoon, and it’s politically incorrect and doesn’t care. It’s probably a little too blue collar lower middle class for California. There are no avocados, almond milk, kombucha, green smoothies, or kefir on the menu. And we like it that way.


    • Thanks Tammie! That was a fun one! And it’s really a thing about FEMA and the Natl Weather Service using WH. They mention the WH status all the time on the Weather Channel when Jim Cantore is doing this hurricane thing! Good luck out there in Portland trying to figure out if you have an emergency… 🙂


  2. Well WTH, why not nationwide? You may have started the exodus into Atlanta Land with this post AGMA. Get ready!
    Of course, here on the Left Coast, they would have to source locally and organically and have a chicken coop out back in order to thrive, lol.

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  3. You can get the hash browns scattered??! They don’t have to be in those round shapes? Good lord, you have opened up my eyes. I’m a huge fan of Waffle House, and though I do enjoy their hash browns, my only complaint is that they’re round. Round hash browns? Seriously?

    BUT YOU CAN GET THEM SCATTERED? Seriously? If I live to see the seven wonders…

    Glad to see that you’re a kindred spirit here, AGMA. My only regret about an early career move I made to California (that lasted 13 years) was, as you point out, there are no Waffle Houses out that way. And that was before I knew you could order the hash browns SCATTERED! You have performed a great public service here; thank you. – Marty

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    • Oh Marty – you made me laugh out loud with that one! You feel the same way about WH as I feel about Skyline & Goldstar Chili in Cincinnati. And it’s a similar concept… You can get spaghetti and chili (a 2 way) or spaghetti, chili and cheese (a 3 way) and so on up to a 5 way. And then you can get it wet or dry or extra wet or substitute beans for onions, etc. I so miss it since I moved to the ATL. The closest ones are in Lexington and Louisville (each a 6 hour drive). 😦
      But they don’t have any chili SCATTERED!! I want a full report if you are ever in WH country about your adventures with SCATTERED hash browns!

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    • Yes – they are only in about 23 states. And you would probably drive right by one on the highway if you ever passed one because they look like a cheap diner. Which they are, but they are so much more too! Introducing you to Waffle House has been my pleasure!! Just don’t go to one unless your cholesterol numbers are pretty low! 🙂

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  4. You might have mentioned, had you known, that WH saved my life! It was on last summer’s snowbird adventure, and after my trailer un-hitched misadventure, so I was feeling vulnerable and trying to make it home with no muss and no fuss. Which meant that I stopped the van at Walmart overnight, but when I attempted to go in and use the bathroom at 4 AM or so I found it was closed! Had I known this one wasn’t open 24-7 I’d probably have been desperate for a bathroom even sooner. And there it was. WH, like a shining beacon of hope. Of course in my travels back and forth to FL I was well aware of WH, but I had avoided it like the plague for the sake of the calories, delicious as they may be. But your post has changed my outlook, I think I may feel good, patriotic even, when I stop there next time. So thank you… I think.

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  5. On Christmas Eve in some Nashville, TN area WHs, you could be lucky enough to experience an impromptu Christmas themed show by the staff. Not bad at all! Lots of aspiring singers and song writers around there.


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