Waffle House? ugh.
I call it the Aweful House.
Look, it's not hard to cook eggs. Having eggs taste good, is not hard.
I'm not saying there's no need for an Aweful House, but in my experience, the Aweful Houses I've been to were old and dingy.
The food was mediocre, and for breakfast, the grits were wretched. And this is at a couple different Aweful Houses.
I no longer patron of Aweful Houses. If I want a greasy spoon and am not sure of a good local joint, I'll find a Silver Diner or Johnny Rockets.
There's a great mini-chain in and around State College, PA (about 4 restaurants) call the Waffle Shop
. The one in downtown State College near the university is fantastic. Long waits on football Saturday and sunday mornings, but worth it.
If you're even in the Northern VA area, I suggest Amphora's on rt. 123 which is called Maple Ave in Vienna VA. An old style fine dining diner (if that's possible) that's open 24hrs. It's close to I-66.
I'll infrindge a little copyright and give you the Washingtonian's review. (you can also read it for yourself at http://www.washingtonian.com/dining/Profiles/amphoras.html
This gem is worth a drive: There's a cocktail bar; the waiters wear white coats and bow ties; they bring you bakery-fresh sun-dried-tomato or cranberry-walnut bread; they serve peanut-butter pancakes. Open 24-7, Amphora has 350 menu choices, all available at any time of day.
It might not feel cheap, but it is. Diner fare includes a deluxe burger with full fixings and fries for $6.59 and a western omelet for $6.29. Falafel, gyros, and souvlaki are under $9. The place also does fancy: The Arna chicken, with feta, garlic, cinnamon, and tomatoes, is $11.59 and comes with a salad. The fried filet of sole sandwich is $9.99, peanut-butter pancakes are $5.49, cheese blintzes $6.29. Leave room for dessert, like the $4.69 homemade cheesecakes or the $5.29 chunky chocolate mousse.
I hope Michael Stern will do a review of it someday.