Eating the south a little at a time, part II

Eating the south a little at a time.

The Waffle House restaurants in the south are an institution. The food is
good (even if you are sober), but you do have to be in the mood for good
food made fresh and right in front of you. You can order steaks, burgers,
chicken, eggs anyway you like and of course waffles either with pecans or
without (do you say pea-can or pea-con? That is the tried and true method of
spotting a Yankee). Even with bottomless coffee and cheap waffles, I think
the hashbrowns are what draw people in.
How do you take your browns?
Regular – round
Scattered – on the grill
Smothered – sautéed onions
Covered – melted cheese
Chunked – grilled hickory smoked ham
Diced – grilled tomatoes
Peppered – spicy jalapeno peppers
Capped – grilled button mushrooms
Topped – Bert’s chili
Country – sausage gravy
Or the “Works” with all the above, I am certain that your cardiologist would
not recommend the “Works” or most of the rest of the menu at The Waffle
Personally I am scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked kinda guy, but
that would have to be the only thing I order, because it is a full meal by
Whether you are ending the night or starting the day you can find food,
coffee, and a little nostalgia at The Waffle House. Don’t forget to check
the jukebox for Waffle House songs, and be daring, try the grits, you just
might like them.
My next adventure in the wonderful state of Kentucky is to actually have a
piece of fried chicken, there is a KFC in town but that would not be the
same, would it? I will report back if I can find a true Kentucky Fried
Chicken. Until then, I will be dreaming of red eye gravy, turnip greens,
black eyed peas, and of course grits.
For my other adventures in southern food check out my blog at or email me at


About Trace Hillman

I am a dad, husband, and a food guy.. I love the idea of bringing people together and having real food.
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