Yesterday my Raven suggested we eat at The Waffle House. She must have noticed me looking hungry. This would be a first for me. In all my visits to the USA I have never been to a Waffle House. Raven had told me that they are greasy spoon restaurants but no matter. I am an Englishman. We invented greasy spoons with our big fried brekkies.
I used to love a small café in my old town of Haverhill in Suffolk UK. It was called Brownies and is renowned as a pie mash and liquor establishment straight out of the East End of London. They are also well known for their jellied eels. Personally I would rather insert hot needles into my own eyes than eat jellied eels but they do a rather splendid English fry-up with egg, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms and FRIED BREAD. I love fried bread. It is of absolutely no nutritional value being just bread fried in the fat left over after the bacon and eggs are done but it is delicious. The breakfast also comes with a slice of bread and butter and a mug of tea. Perfection.
But I digress. The Waffle House. I can’t remember which one we visited as there are a few dotted around this pleasant city of Columbus Ohio but I guess they would all be similar.
First impressions … the place was clean. The tables were wiped and the floor was swept, not always the case in a lot of chain restaurants in the USA I’ve found. It was a quiet Monday brunch time though. The girl who served us was great. She was efficient and polite. I noticed her frequently checking my coffee cup wasn’t empty. I did get the usual “Are you from Australia?” question but I am used to that by now. (Lots of Americans seem to think my London accent comes from Sydney)
And so we ordered. I had a plain Waffle with two fried eggs over medium, two sausage patties, a fresh sliced tomato and raisin toast. My Raven had virtually the same but substituted the tomato for grits and the plain waffle for a blueberry one. Of course I had my usual bottomless coffee.
And it was delicious. Not too greasy at all. The eggs were done to perfection. The plain waffle was great (although as usual with American food it was sweet) and the sausage patties were luvverly. I saved my raisin toast for a sort of desert and it melted in the mouth. Delicious. My waffle/toast did come with a pack of Apple Butter too but as I am not too keen on the stuff I brought it home. Don’t ask me why. It will probably sit in the fridge with my assortment of packs of butter,jams,creamers that I also rescued, till they rot.
So there you have it. Do I prefer the Waffle House to Brownies? Probably not but it was a great eating experience and my belly was nicely full. I recommend it.
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