RE: How about waffle house ?
The Waffle House/Huddle House debate continues on ad nauseum, doesn't it? Huddle House began after Waffle House: a disgruntled WH manager left and started up HH: WH's first store opened in 1955 on College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia... I think it's an insurance agency now. WH # 1 is right up the street, but it's a new building. HH began in about 1957. Both are headquartered in the Metro Atlanta area, hence the proliferation of both in this area.
In Indiana, someone had already trademarked the name "Waffle House," so WH stores there are known as Waffle & Steak. Interesting trivia, I suppose.
My favorite breakfast place in Atlanta is The Lakewood Diner on Lakewood Avenue in Southwest Atlanta. The location used to be a Huddle House, but the chain closed it. The shopping center owner recruited the old employees (many of whom had worked together there for 15-20 years), cleaned the space up, and reopened it. It's a non-chain eatery and superbly, loveably unfancy. Bet'cha I could write an entire novel there in two weeks' time.
Another good breakfast place is The Majestic Food Shop on Ponce de Leon Avenue. It's been in the same location since the Plaza Shopping Center opened in 1938.
Next time I visit Judy's Diner in Lilburn, I'll report back to y'all. This is a mom-and-pop neighborhood eatery diagonally across U. S. 29 from Spiced Right Bar-B-Q, one of Atlanta area's very best... a double whammy if there ever was one.
In Charlotte, The Landmark Diner on Central Avenue is superb. My favorite thing there is a livermush-and-feta cheese omelette of my own concoction. Only in North Carolina, folks.
Cacklingly, Ort. Carlton.