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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Waffle House

By Thom Chandler/The Georgia Sun

Originating in Georgia, Waffle House has become a staple in American dining culture. With its distinct yellow sign and 24/7 operations, it’s much more than just waffles and coffee. Here are some intriguing facts about this iconic eatery.

Origin Story

Waffle House was founded by Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner in Avondale Estates, Georgia, in 1955. While it’s now a widespread chain, its roots are deeply Southern.

The Waffle House Index

FEMA unofficially uses a “Waffle House Index” to gauge the severity of a natural disaster. If a Waffle House is closed, it’s a dire sign since they’re renowned for staying open through almost anything.

Musical Mentions

Numerous artists, especially in the country genre, have referenced Waffle House in their songs, making it a symbol of Southern life, nostalgia, and late-night tales.

Company-owned, Not Franchised

Unlike many restaurant chains, Waffle House isn’t franchised. All locations are company-owned, ensuring consistency in service and offerings.

Waffle Statistics

The chain serves about 145 waffles every minute. That’s over 76 million waffles each year, proving their popularity isn’t just in the name.

A Steak Surprise

Beyond their breakfast offerings, Waffle House sells more T-bone steaks than any other U.S. establishment. Their menu caters to diverse palates.

Always Open

One of the chain’s defining traits is that it never closes, not even on holidays or during most natural disasters. It’s a beacon of reliability.

Southern Concentration

While it feels like Waffle House is everywhere, it’s primarily located in the Southeastern U.S. Of the over 2,000 locations, they’re spread across just 25 states.

The Culinary Lab

Waffle House’s test kitchen in Georgia is where the magic happens. New menu items are conceived and tested here, keeping the offerings fresh and innovative.

The next time you visit Waffle House, whether it’s in Georgia or elsewhere, remember these fun tidbits that make this chain unique in the vast

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Did you also know that Waffle House is one of the most dangerous places to work? They have zero security? A majority of their staff live in poverty while the owners make millions?! Their workers are planning a strike and you should support them. They work hard and deserve to do their jobs safely and be able pay for their necessities.

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Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
Oct 16, 2023

Another fun fact. Did you know that Waffle House has it's own recording label? Waffle House Records. All of those funny songs on the juke box about the waffle house that you see...Waffle House Records. Not kidding.

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Unknown member
Oct 15, 2023

The best show with Anthony Bourdain was when he visited a Waffle House. https://www.bing.com/search?FORM=IDMW01&PC=ATID&PTAG=ATID2207&Q=anthony+bourdain+waffle+house+episode

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