“Waffle House is like eating a little bit of dirt when you’re a kid. Makes you strong. Builds up your immune system. You ever been in a Waffle House? The floor is always slidey. I’m not talkin’ about the kitchen floor. I’m talkin’ about the minute you walk in.”
Waffle House occupies a special place in American life. It is the last to shut down and first to open in a natural disaster. In fact, even FEMA relies on Waffle House to reveal whether the population has at least some access to food. It is magnificent in being a major employer of ex-convicts, people who have a hard time getting any job at all. It’s the first employment stop for many when they leave the pen.