In Miami, there is not one Waffle House. As you head north into Davie and Ft. Lauderdale, you will run into a few, and one in Key Largo.
Waffle House History
The Waffle House is a chain of restaurants that specializes in serving waffles and other breakfast and comfort food items. Here’s a brief history of the Waffle House:
Founding and Early Years
The first Waffle House was opened by partners Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner on Labor Day weekend in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia. They envisioned creating a restaurant providing 24/7 service, a menu centered around waffles, and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
The concept was a hit, and the chain quickly started expanding. By the 1970s, the Waffle House had grown significantly, with many locations across the southeastern United States.
The restaurant’s distinct yellow signage and black lettering became recognizable on highways and in communities. The company introduced its “Scattered, Smothered, Covered, Chunked, Topped, and Diced” hash brown varieties, adding to the dining experience’s uniqueness.
Challenges of Growth
The Waffle House faced challenges like any other business. The chain has shown resilience during times of crisis, such as natural disasters. It is known for its policy of staying open 24/7, even during hurricanes and other emergencies, to serve first responders and the community.
The Waffle House has become a part of American culture, often referenced in music, literature, and movies. It’s also a popular gathering spot for people from all walks of life, from truck drivers and college students to families and late-night revelers.
It’s Late, and We’re Hungry…
Marcela and I had been looking around Naples for a place to eat, but it was getting late. Late as in 9ish (that’s late over there).
When we stopped at Waffle House, it was after 10, and we were starved. Waffle House is always open 24 hours daily, which was great news.
When you come here, you should know what to expect. It’s a diner with stick-to-your-guts comfort food with a local staff that’s mostly friendly.
Marcela ordered the grilled Texas bacon steak melt while I had the double patty melt. We both enjoyed our dishes and would get them again.
I also had a Triple order of the hash browns “Covered.” Covered means it’s topped with American cheese. Yup, that was good also.
We had multiple cups of coffee, and a waffle came into play at some point. We spoke to the staff about Naples and Waffle House. Like I said before, they were friendly and made the experience memorable—many thanks to them.
3824 Tollhouse Drive
Website – https://www.wafflehouse.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/wafflehouseofficial
Monday OPEN 24 HOURS
Tuesday OPEN 24 HOURS
Wednesday OPEN 24 HOURS
Thursday OPEN 24 HOURS
Friday OPEN 24 HOURS
Saturday OPEN 24 HOURS
Sunday OPEN 24 HOURS
Did You Know This Waffle House Fact?
For years, Waffle House was known as “Waffle and Steak“ in Indiana due to another chain of restaurants owning the rights to the Waffle House name in the state. The original Indiana Waffle House chain has started using “Sunshine Cafe.”