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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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No one's given me a good answer as to why we don't have a Waffle House.

Scattered, smothered, covered, diced, chunked... and whatever. If you've ever been to a Waffle House, you know that's how you order your hashed browns... with a bunch of junk in them. If you've never been to a Waffle House, you're missing out.

I got the House on the brain this morning as we did the story on Live at Daybreak about Kid Rock getting busted for fighting outside an Atlanta area Waffle House. I can't be sure, but I may have eaten at that joint. One of my Milwaukee area buddies used to teach down in Atlanta, and when some friends and I visited a few years ago we put on an eating clinic. We had to go two to a booth, just to make room for all the food!

For reasons that I am powerless to explain, the Waffle House seems to stop at certain borders. The official House website lists Houses near Indianapolis as the closest to my location. I'm certain I ate at one of them, just outside the city. I was covering the Badgers Final Four appearance in 2000, when after a long day's work my photographer and I retired to the Waffle House across from our hotel.

In addition to the usual awesome food, I also heard one of the funniest, folksiest sayings that I use to this day. The waitress was explaining to the cook how she'd talked with the manger about getting some additional help in that night. She said she told him it was going to be crowded, only that's not how she said it.

"I told him it was going to be busy as church in here tonight," she drawled. Fantastic line!

Look, I'm not saying we don't have our share of good stuff for breakfast here. I'm a big fan of the independent Ma & Pa type places, and will usually choose them over chains. As far as chains go, we're doing fine here too... our very own George Webb, and a renewed favorite IHOP.  Love them all, but darn it, I want a Waffle House!




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