As a northern boy
trapped in the South
thanks to college, i have created this debate among myself and many other natives and foreigners
. Ostensibly the same, the basis of any arguement for or against either seems to be fond memories of wasted youth
: mine of Denny's
, "theirs" of Waffle House
There is no Denny's in my college town, hence, i have gone to the dark side many many times at the urging of my southern compatriots.
A recent road trip delivered over 20 Waffle Houses, some exits with more than one, yet just 3 Dennys'. I stand alone, surrounded, and at least a little scared.
Per recent suggestions, a point-counterpoint comparison with an obvious bias:
Denny's has little consistency. Menus, decor, prices, everything can change from store to store, ranging from genuine 50's coffeeshop, through 70's drab, the 80's attempt at becoming a family eatery, through the current nostalgic faux-50's diner flavour.
Waffle Houses are exactly the same, to the point where i believe they ship the entire restaurant, staff included, from the headquarters somewhere deep under a mountain of grits to the side of every available interstate off-ramp.
Denny's has skillets.
Waffle House has raisin toast.
Denny's is not afraid to go overboard in cutesy-food. Moons over My Hammy, for crying out loud.
Waffle House has a wide variety of corporate anthems in their jukeboxes.
Denny's has peanut butter pie.
Waffle House has paper hat waiters, as do some subpar Dennys'.
Denny's has skinheads as a source of late-nite cheap entertainment.
Waffle House has rednecks.
Denny's used to have nachos.
I miss nachos.