Anyone driving through the South is familiar with that little box with the yellow roofline placed strategically at every interchange of every major highway. While some might characterize The Waffle House as Cheeze Whiz to aged Cheddar, I, for one, am smitten with their Pecan Studded Waffles (877,388,027 waffles served since 1955) and have become a regular breakfast customer. There are three Waffle House restaurants within five miles of my home in Aiken so I can stop on any of my errands to Walmart (two of those in Aiken, too), the tack shop or the feed store for a quick bite to eat. But, a romantic candle lit Valentines dinner for two at the Waf? Reservations needed, no less. Three weeks ago I signed my oh-so-game husband up for a dinner for two and off we went on Valentines Day for a 6:30 dinner date. While we waited to be seated, we were served Sweet Tea (this is the South, after all) and chatted with the hostess. We had brought a bottle of red wine hoping that this might be a BYOB opportunity but management wasn’t so sure whether that would work so the bottle got stowed back in the truck. Light fixtures over the counter had been draped with gauze to create an intimate atmosphere. Dinner was served on a red table cloth (plastic) and there were candles thoughtfully placed in a heart shaped bowl. They’d even placed a cup of candy hearts at each table. Included with dinner was a custom photo of the happy couple (us!) printed right off by the manager on a mini-printer brought into the restaurant for the occasion. We had a tasty dinner, in and out in a half an hour, service was great, ambiance was pretty good, too. Fun and different.
Among Waffle House Regulars, Valentines Day doesn’t appear to hold as much sway as New Years or Christmas, but we had a pretty good time and would recommend you try it yourself sometime. See you there next year.