Decatur Travel Guide
Loads of people remember visiting Waffle House through the years, and these same people probably also have several visits that they can’t remember. Regardless of your level of sobriety during your last breakfast stop, this chain of diners has made a name for itself across the country—especially in the South. To honor the restaurant, you should consider taking a trip to where it all started. After years of disrepair and a brief stint as a Chinese restaurant, the first ever Waffle House has been restored as a museum.
Waffle House Unit 1—that’s their corporate lingo—is now open for tours in Decatur, Georgia. You won’t find anything to eat, but you will get to see how the original diner was set up back in 1955. You’ll learn that everything was originally made from scratch at the restaurant except for Coca-Cola and Heinz ketchup. When you finish your tour you can tell all your friends that their sweet cream waffles were just 40 cents. Don’t worry, they still use half and half in the recipe, but now they’re just waffles and cost way more. The place even used to sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
No American road trip--well, at least any south of the Mason-Dixon line--is complete without a stop into at least one Waffle House.
But for those whose obsession with all things greasy spoon goes beyond smothered, chopped and covered hash browns, there is a new temple of waffle worship: Behold the Waffle House Museum.
The chain has gone back to Decatur, Georgia to reclaim its very first location--which opened in 1955 but then spent twenty years as a Chinese take-out joint--into a museum honoring the restaurant's history. The tiny restaurant has been outfitted with vintage equipment and memorabilia displays celebrating its 50-plus-years of early morning coffee, late-night snack attacks and even-later-night Kid Rock Brawls.
· Waffle House History a Recipe for Museum Success [AJC]
· Waffle House Museum [Official Site]
· Hick-Hop Travel: Kid Rock Busted at Waffle Shop [Jaunted]
· Food Travel coverage [Jaunted]