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Waffle House Shows Atlanta How to Handle a Snowstorm

In fact, the morning after, as I sat in a Waffle House enjoying the famous “scattered, smothered and covered” hash browns and talking to a waitress named Irene and a manager named Bob, I learned that not one Waffle House had closed for the second storm. Both Bob and Irene were smiling, their eyes shining. They were happy warriors at work, and I quickly found out why.

As they strolled back and forth with food, they talked about how the restaurant bought up hotel rooms next to the Waffle House so employees would have a place to stay. On Monday, Bob said, they spent the day coordinating so that employees who had four-wheel-drive vehicles could pick up employees who did not, including Irene. “There he came, right through the snow,” she said, proudly. Somehow, her smile made the cheese grits taste even better.


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Atlanta is not used to snow--

Atlanta is not used to snow-- I've lived here almost my entire life. Both these storms in the last few weeks provided wonderful comparisons between the government response and the private response to a crisis.

Our wise overlords demonstrated monstrous incompetence, while individuals sponsored facebook pages, handed out cocoa, private businesses opened their doors to stranded passengers (home depot, kroger, others) Chic-fil-a handed out free food, etc etc etc

This event was AWESOME as far as providing evidence that the gubbernmint are a bunch of incompetent thieving scoundrels... but normal folks acting voluntarily for mutual benefit are juuuuuust fine :)


Now if y'all really wanna fight? And yanks, stay out of this one

ok ready?

this could and should start a war, a bitter divide in Dixie and cow country,

Golden Corral or Waffle House?

*he ducks

yeah it's best to lay low for the first few volleys. Let 'em waste ammo and let's pick our targets.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

ok i was saving this for me but now you do it

The Waffle House website SUCKS. It's in no way good enough. I was gonna hand them a design, turnkey with the CMS just for the sheer glory but my dance card is suddenly full.

One of you young web designers or designeresses do it. Make them a real site. They have the basic content, just bring it to where it should be. And we shall laud and honor you and your place is secure in the MFA league: Made For Awesome and we shall deify you and your children until Creator returns to redeem us from this place of suffering.

Don't ask me how just make it happen. On Earth as it is in heaven.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

you sound like BILL3 or velveeta.

did you have something to say?

The whole thing was a dog-and-pony show

It snowed like a half-inch and then some more came down later on Thursday.

Everyone was freaked out because of what happened 3 weeks prior so everyone stayed in.

Waffle-house was open and if you called ahead, there were a few other restaurant managers that made it happen for dinner, too.

I have no idea what that whole charade was all about but airlines certainly threw their $ away on what turned out to be nothing.

It was ICE

I live two hours from atlanta, and Wednesday night I went out and watched transformers blow for two hours, while watching 150 year old trees fall. There are thousands of people who still dont have power, and a lot of people people who do have power dont have internet, and their teenagers are suffering through the 1980's :D

oh and one more thing

we had several radio towers fall from the ice.

Um...I live in Upstate SC...

it was bad. About 4 inches of snow, and an inch or more of sleet, everything froze over by Thursday morning. We were housebound for a few days. People stayed off the streets which was a good thing.

Thankfully we didn't lose power but just 50 miles south/south-east of us about 750,000 lost power.

I grew up Syracuse, NY.
It was bad for the South Carolina...

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

post/article was about Atlanta, GA

which had zero snow on Wednesday, mind you. By Thursday afternoon the roads were fine and offramps had some slush.

the people "staying off the streets" (in Atlanta, too) was also a function of how scared people were to come outside because of scary news reports. if people would have came out sooner, then the roads would have cleared within hours just from your tire-tread.

It was grandstanding to say the least. I've never seen a few snowflakes cripple a city like this.

I live in California.

T'weren't Snowflakes...

..T'was ICE....BIG difference.

I don't suppose you californicators get "black-ice", do ya?

No..I didn't think so. (LOL)...just funnin' wid ya.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!


There is an unofficial disaster response index called the Waffle House index. Due to their preps and plans, a community is said to have basic services if the Waffle House is up and running as usual. A community is in trouble if Waffle House drops back to their limited menu and procedures for disaster. And if the Waffle House is closed you know this community needs all the help it can get right now. In our terms that means TSHTF.

And they got THE BEST COFFEE. Waffles are awesome. Try the pork chops and eggs!
And learn how to order your hash browns.


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Them There Rednecks

...Sure can cook!! HOTDAMN!
...They can't drive worth a shit in the snow, but they CAN cook.

I usually get the steak & Eggs.."T-Bone", medium rare, grits, raisin toast...yeah you know the drill.
Heard they wuz deep-sixin' the t-bone...too expensive...but they decided ta keep it...gimme some info on that if ya please.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

You make a good point

but it really points to these yanks that never seen, tasted or imagined a Waffle House. If it's you agin me I'm gonna do my best to win. This is us agin them agin and to heck ifn I'll suffer our South to be laid so low this time.


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Pssshaawww! Most Yankee girls

...are too worried 'bout the "calories" in a Waffle -House menu, and turn their nose up.
Beware; they are all moving down south...and tryin' ta get a foothold for them "IHOP" pancake houses, with their lo-cal fruit-dish menus.
(my ex is one of 'em/ South Carolina??!)
I still hanker for the "T-BONE"...so...is it still on the menu?
Signed,a waffle-house yankee.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

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Both these articles

were great examples of kindness.

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The best in breakfast

My family goes there several times a month. The closest one is nearly an hour away, too. It's that good!

Waffle House

is awesome. Been eating there since '62.

wow good to know... will check out waffle house in the future


Very first Waffle House just

Very first Waffle House just up the street from me, and the founders live in my neighborhood. Awesome example of a simple business model they were able to scale up.


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