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wallhd

Waffle House Tue, 08/22/06 5:03 PM (permalink)
Earlier today I ate lunch at the Waffle House near the I-90 exit in Painesville, OH. It is the first time I've eaten in a W.H. in probably 23 or 24 years. My patty melt was pretty good, the hash browns would probably been ok except they were badly undercooked. The server, while not unfriendly seemed sort of indifferent. The place was not dirty, but, IMHO was far from spotless. Along the same vein, the men's room could have been much cleaner as well.

Will I try W.H. again? Sure, but not the one in Painseville, OH.

And as an aside, I'm not sure how an operation with a limited menu and seating a maximum 37 people can possibly produce enough income to support the staff of 6 who were working there at the time I was there.

Wally
 
#1
    wallhd

    RE: Waffle House Tue, 08/22/06 7:36 PM (permalink)
    Thinking about my own experience in the previous post, perhaps Northern Ohio is too far north for a location for W.H. which is obvously oriented towards the Southern U.S.A.

    Wally
     
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      Michael Hoffman

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      RE: Waffle House Tue, 08/22/06 8:48 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by wallhd

      Thinking about my own experience in the previous post, perhaps Northern Ohio is too far north for a location for W.H. which is obvously oriented towards the Southern U.S.A.

      Wally

      I didn't know they had any Waffle House restaurants in Painesville. You might be interested to learn that the Waffle House off Ohio 161 near Westerville, in central Ohio, is the No. 1 location in the United States in terms of sales volume. By the way, most of the Waffle House restaurants I've been in seat between 44 and 54.
       
      #3
        startrooper00

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        RE: Waffle House Fri, 08/25/06 11:14 AM (permalink)
        I didn't know that....I am surprised a Waffle House in OH would have the highest sales volume. The things you can learn on roadfood.com.
         
        #4
          wallhd

          RE: Waffle House Sun, 08/27/06 3:03 PM (permalink)
          The location I refered to may have actually been in Concord Ohio. It was the Painesville exit off I-90 but the town may have been Concord. I counted the seating at least twice and I'm quite sure that 37 is the correct number.

          Wally
           
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            Michael Hoffman

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            RE: Waffle House Sun, 08/27/06 3:16 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by wallhd

            The location I refered to may have actually been in Concord Ohio. It was the Painesville exit off I-90 but the town may have been Concord. I counted the seating at least twice and I'm quite sure that 37 is the correct number.

            Wally

            I just got back from my Waffle House, the one that is the sales volume leader, and the owner of the Waffle House franchise that includes those in Northeast Ohio was working the grill. I told her about your experience. She called her brother in Dayton (her company's headquarters), who is a vice president of the company, and asked him to head up there to check it out.

            By the way, I just had a light lunch of a patty-melt (medium rare) and a small bowl of chili.
             
            #6
              Sundancer7

              RE: Waffle House Sun, 08/27/06 4:12 PM (permalink)
              Michael Hoffman: Nice job and a neat way to take care of a negative experience.

              Paul E. Smith
              knoxville, TN
               
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                long dog

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                RE: Waffle House Sun, 08/27/06 9:47 PM (permalink)
                MH to the rescue!
                 
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                  xannie_01

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                  RE: Waffle House Sun, 08/27/06 10:10 PM (permalink)
                  Mr. Hoffman knows how to get things done.
                  i respect him and he knows whereof he speaks.
                  and no, i am not kissing butt.
                  dayle
                   
                  #9
                    Ciaoman

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                    RE: Waffle House Fri, 09/1/06 8:21 PM (permalink)
                    Just got back from a road trip to TN and ate at 4 different WH locations. Absolutely amazing how consistent the service and food is--very high standards, especially when you consider that these places are diners run by franchisees who agree to abide by WH rules. WH has done a great job of getting their owners to do things the WH way.
                     
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                      DamnTheCowboys

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                      RE: Waffle House Sun, 09/3/06 12:43 PM (permalink)
                      How can you go to W-House and not order a Texas cheesesteak?
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        RE: Waffle House Sun, 09/3/06 2:35 PM (permalink)
                        Easily.
                         
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                          Ciaoman

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                          RE: Waffle House Mon, 09/4/06 10:27 PM (permalink)
                          Re Mr. Hoffman's post, I too think their chili is very good. I was in a WH in Florida and noticed the cook stirring a very large pot on the stove. I asked what he was making and he told us it was their "famous chili." And then he gave all of us samples of it. Just the kind of considerate gesture I'd expect at WH.
                           
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                            Michael Hoffman

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                            RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 3:16 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Ciaoman

                            Re Mr. Hoffman's post, I too think their chili is very good. I was in a WH in Florida and noticed the cook stirring a very large pot on the stove. I asked what he was making and he told us it was their "famous chili." And then he gave all of us samples of it. Just the kind of considerate gesture I'd expect at WH.

                            I stopped at a Waffle House today on my way back from fishing and the owner of the franchise (she owns all but about eight of the 57 Waffle House restaurants in Ohio, and she owns quite a number in Indiana) was washing dishes and cooking. And, just as every other WH employee does when someone comes through the door, she called out the usual hello. When I sat at the counter, she stopped what she was doing and asked whether I'd like some coffee. When I said yes, she poured it for me. As far as I'm concerned one of the main reasons Waffle House is so great is the hands-on management style.
                             
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                              CajunKing

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                              RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 4:08 PM (permalink)
                              I love wh, after a long night.

                              Nothing like good food at 3 am.

                              Always friendly and always packed at that time.
                               
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                                Pwingsx

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                                RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 5:38 PM (permalink)
                                Why don't you boys take this out to the playground, where it belongs.
                                 
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                                  Adjudicator

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                                  RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 6:48 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by Pwingsx

                                  Why don't you boys take this out to the playground, where it belongs.


                                  Food Fight
                                   
                                  #17
                                    Sundancer7

                                    RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 7:59 PM (permalink)
                                    Hoffman, you are being trolled.

                                    Paul Smith
                                    Knoxville, TN
                                     
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                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                      RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 8:07 PM (permalink)
                                      I figured.
                                       
                                      #19
                                        Sundancer7

                                        RE: Waffle House Tue, 09/5/06 8:28 PM (permalink)
                                        That individual and several more under a different but same name is about to get nulled, banned and shot.

                                        Paul E. Smith
                                        knoxville, TN
                                         
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                                          V960

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                                          RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 9:49 AM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by Sundancer7

                                          That individual and several more under a different but same name is about to get nulled, banned and shot.

                                          Paul E. Smith
                                          knoxville, TN


                                          Can I do the shooting? I'll give him a good running start.

                                          Just thought about this...kids are back in college...terminals in the library...trolls abound lately.
                                           
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                                            mayor al

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                                            RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 10:38 AM (permalink)
                                            Thread cleaned up a bit and the trolls are gone for the moment.
                                             
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                                              CajunKing

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                                              RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 3:58 PM (permalink)
                                              "cajunking looks up from his delicious wh chili and waffle and sees no more trolls, smiles and goes back to enjoying a great meal"

                                               
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                                                Michael Hoffman

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                                                RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 4:06 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by cajunking

                                                "cajunking looks up from his delicious wh chili and waffle and sees no more trolls, smiles and goes back to enjoying a great meal"



                                                I didn't see you over there. I was the guy at the high counter with the patty melt and the small bowl of chili.
                                                 
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                                                  kkd555

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                                                  RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:03 PM (permalink)
                                                  I googled wafflehouse chili and found this recipe:

                                                  Waffle House Chili

                                                  2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans (not drained)
                                                  1 pound lean hamburger
                                                  1/4 pound breakfast sausage
                                                  2 cups chopped yellow onion
                                                  1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
                                                  2 cubes beef bouillon (or 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules)
                                                  1 teaspoon salt
                                                  1 teaspoon chili powder
                                                  3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
                                                  1/4 teaspoon black pepper
                                                  1/4 teaspoon sugar
                                                  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                  1/8 teaspoon ground oregano

                                                  Brown hamburger, sausage and onions together in 6-quart saucepan. Add pinto beans (not drained), add can of tomato sauce and add enough water to rinse can. Add beef bouillon granules. If using beef bouillon cubes, dissolve in 1/4 cup water then add to the pan. Add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ground oregano, cumin, chili powder and sugar. Blend thoroughly.

                                                  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve.

                                                  Recipe courtesy the Waffle House
                                                   
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                                                    CajunKing

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                                                    RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:12 PM (permalink)
                                                    Come on over there is plenty of room, room enough for all, except trolls!
                                                     
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                                                      PapaJoe8

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                                                      RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:40 PM (permalink)
                                                      Thanks for tha chili recipe kkd, and welcome!

                                                      What is a troll anyway? I am sure I should know but, da...
                                                      Joe
                                                       
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                                                        xannie_01

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                                                        RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:50 PM (permalink)
                                                        PapaJoe,
                                                        in internet terminology, a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflamatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy or antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussions, including the personal attack of calling others trolls.
                                                        often, trolls assume multiple aliases or sock puppets.
                                                         
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                                                          JohnRF

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                                                          RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:52 PM (permalink)
                                                          Wait a minute. . . . That chili recipe has beans in it. . . .

                                                          If it has beans, it ain't chili! I have that on very good authority.

                                                          How could a place as good as Waffle House have beans in their chili?
                                                           
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                                                            Michael Hoffman

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                                                            RE: Waffle House Wed, 09/6/06 5:54 PM (permalink)
                                                            That's sure an interesting chili recipe. I can't help wondering, though, how they get all that stuff into the bag. You see, when they make the chili at a Waffle House, they dump this big bag of dry ingredients into a large sauce pan, add water, then crumble up hamburger patties into the mix, and cook away. I can't recall ever seeing anyone add any sausage
                                                             
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