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Waffle House famous for breakfast

Jul. 21, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Established in 1955, Waffle House is as ingrained in the American south as pecan pie and country music. Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner opened the first Waffle House franchise in Avondale Estates, Ga., and continue to own a majority share in the chain. There are currently more than 1,600 Waffle House franchises in 25 states, but they remain ubiquitous in the southeastern United States. In addition to offering breakfast 24 hours a day, the chain is famous for offering southern style tea, chili and fresh grilled hash browns. The chain's also known for having something of a quirky sense of humor.

The Huntington location of Waffle House opened its doors in 2006.

"The chain was expanding from the Lexington market into the area with stores in Catlettsburg and Ashland (Ky.)," said Bob Johnson, franchise owner of the Huntington Waffle House. "So this was an obvious starting point to move into West Virginia. It usually takes about 90 days to open a location with good weather, but it took us about 4 months of work due to some winter days.

"Since we first opened we've introduced flavored waffles," Johnson added. "You can get them in apple cinnamon oat, chocolate chip, pecan, blueberry, or strawberry. In the next month we're going to be introducing a promotion with a peanut butter chip waffle. Three months ago we added an 8-ounce ribeye steak ($9.99) that's really popular."

Flavored waffles are 49 cents extra.

The chain offers a variety of combinations for breakfast and lunch such as the breakfast All Star Special ($6.34) which comes with a waffle, toast, two eggs, grits, and a choice of breakfast meat. The lunch All Star Special comes with Texas bacon cheesesteak melt and a choice of sides for $6.35. There's also the "Toddle House" ham and cheese omelet combo (named for a long gone southern chain of diners) for $7.10. Lunch items include a double Angus cheeseburger ($3.80), T-bone steak ($9.99), and chili ($2.70).

The Huntington Waffle House is located at 4168 US 60. Waffle House is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Cash, Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. For a carry-out order call 304-733-6464. For a full menu and chain information visit www.wafflehouse.com/.