This review originally appeared as a guest post on Kevin Shalin’s wonderful blog The Mighty Rib as part of our occasional series called He Said, He Said. Here it is again, but with additional photographs and further light editing.
I grew up watching Alice and Happy Days on TV, and so I love the idea of a good neighborhood diner. A place to catch a hot fry breakfast, strong coffee, maybe a burger and fries or a grilled cheese and some soup. So when Kevin suggested we review Waffle Hut this month, I jumped at the chance. I stopped over at the one on lower Cantrell, below Cantrell hill, since it’s close to downtown where I work.
I have to say that it’s been a good while since I’ve been to a Waffle House. I was quick to pick up on a pervading theme here: everything is thin. Thin waffles. Thin sausage. Thin coffee. I think even I could be thinner, to fit in the narrow booths. It’s a little tight.
That coffee may be thin, but it is all you can drink. I suppose the idea is that eventually you’ll get yourself into a nice equilibrium where your caffeine requirement is reached prior to your bladder bursting, but I’m not sure it’s possible to drink enough of this thin brew to get the level of caffeine buzz I seek.
I had the (thin) pecan waffle with (thin) sausage. The pecan waffle was chock full of crunchy pecans, enough for each bite to have just the right mix of nut and waffle. I would have liked crispy edges to the waffle and had it twice as thick, but it was good with the whipped spread and sweet mapley syrup. Yes, maple-y.
The sausage was nice and meaty, with a good crunch. They have good sausage game here. I can report that it’s even better when dunked in mapley.
Lunch was quite an improvement. I had a very good diner cheeseburger. This one came with American cheese, griddled onions, crispy bacon, some nice cool iceberg lettuce and a fat, juicy slice of tomato. In one word, it was satisfying. I had it with the hash browns, as advertised, and would have liked them crispier. This is a burger I’d come back for again. But I’d like fries with that next time.