The Relationship You Have With Your Waffle House Cooks Will Make Or Break Your Experience

The Relationship You Have With Your Waffle House Cooks Will Make Or Break Your Experience

A Waffle House is only as good as its weakest chef.

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If you're anything like me (or know anything about me), you absolutely love Waffle House! It is the one stop shop for all your hunger, entertainment and recovery needs. There is nothing like going to a Waffle House at 2 a.m. to cap off a night of dancing and drinking. The whole menu is available throughout the day, so if you want breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast go right ahead (this is for the indecisive and the people who order an "uhhh" with water).

But Waffle House, despite the convenience of its locations, is only as great as the cooks on the grill will let it be.

I witnessed one of the greatest chef moments in history the last time I went to Waffle House, and the chef was none other than my good friend nicknamed Shooter.

Shooter has been working as a chef at the Waffle House on University Boulevard on the campus of the University of Alabama for the last three or four years. During this time, Shooter has seen one customer after a drunk customer comes through the doors and leave. He has his share of experiences, but most notable to him was when he had to run the restaurant by himself during an unexpected afternoon lunch rush. My experience with Shooter has always been pleasant and I even refer to him as the GOAT of cooking. But on this particular visit, he really showed that he was the real deal.

It was a regular Sunday slump day and just like any other human being, I decided that I would go to Waffle House for lunch. I walked in and immediately noticed Shooter, the nickname was given to him due to the fact that he wears a shooter sleeve with his uniform. He asked me what I wanted before my order was taken or put in and began to cook. During this time an old man came stumbling in and walked directly to the bathroom. Shooter acknowledged the man, as did he to Shooter, and proceeded to put more food on the grill. When the old man came out of the restroom he sat down at his table and was given his menu.

Shooter called out to the man, "What you getting?"

The old man replied, "A large hash browns with gravy please."

Shooter said, "Look at the grill."

A large hash brown with gravy was sitting on the grill waiting to be flipped and plated for the old man. I was left in shock and awe. This old man may have been a regular to Shooter, but it goes to show you the importance of having a relationship with the cooks at your Waffle House.

A Waffle House is only as good as its weakest chef.

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7 Philosophical Ways In Which Winnie The Pooh Understands Food

Short easy words like "what about lunch?"

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Despite being a "Bear of Little Brain," Pooh really gets food. His philosophy behind food shines through the entire Hundred Acre Wood.

Here are 7 ways this "silly ol' bear" may not be quite so silly when it comes to food.

1. A highlight of the day is food.

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?"

Pooh doesn't cut any corners with his simple love of food. To him, the highlight of a day is when he eats, what he eats, and with whom he eats it. Food is easily accessible to many of us living in the Western world, and viewing food as a source of joy gives us at the barest minimum several moments of happiness every day.

2. Food brings motivation and joy.

Routines have a comfort and an excitement in their own selves—food can be a consistent bright spot in your day. Having a routine or something you look forward to with your eating habits can make even the most stressful days positive. For Pooh it's honey. For some, it might be a piece of chocolate, or something green, or always eating breakfast. For me, it's a cup of tea.

3. Food eases loneliness.

Friends are important. And food is important. And the two can physiologically be correlated. Studies show that if a person is lonely, holding a hot cup of tea can make them feel less alone.

There will always be times in our life that we are alone, even just physically, even just for a night. Something to smile about can make the difference between being alone, and being lonely—and comfort food is comforting for a reason. When you're feeling a bit eleven o'clock ish, a bit of honey can be just the thing.

4. Food bonds people.  

"What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

Food is embedded in our lives every day. Our eating patterns form in relation to other people and is integrally linked to social groups. Sharing food with other people is one of our oldest forms of connecting with other people and creates an instant, natural bond.

5. Food has its own spiritual power.

Milne's cognizance of the spiritual nuances behind food is easily seen in this exchange between Piglet and Pooh. This moment, so simple, speaks volumes. Piglet recognizes that food brings comfort to a distressed emotional state, and food offers support to help Pooh find himself again.

Food (or its routines, or its comfort) can help bring us to a balanced, centered, more spiritual state. Also who hasn't been hangry? It's very difficult to be zen when you're hangry.

6. Food feeds the imagination.

The internationally famous chef Anthony Bourdain viewed food as a powerful storytelling tool. Some native American cultures believe food tells you where you've come from and where you're going. It can empower you to reassert control over your own self and your own life; it reunites you with your spiritual or imaginative self. ("For Bourdain," 2018).

Milne here captures the je ne sais quoi behind food—where food has not only a physiological and emotional influence, it also has an imaginative influence as well.

7. Food exists to nourish and fill us.

We need to eat to survive, and it doesn't take a Bear of Little Brain to tell us how wonderful it is that something we need is also something we find so much delight and joy in. Pooh got how beautiful it is to enjoy a good meal--and thankfully, with a yummy snack or a home-cooked meal or a trip out to eat, you can too.

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I Ranked 11 Fast-Food  Fries From Worst To Best, And Mickey D's DIDN'T Win

Going from worst to best, here is my controversial opinion on fast food fries, and no McDonald's is not the best.

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I firmly believe that nobody hates fast food, and the people that say they do are lying. These people do not mean that they hate the taste of the food but the repercussions of eating it, the consequences that one faces with the calorie intake or the intestinal issues lying ahead. Fast food, no matter how disgusting it makes you feel after, is delicious, especially the fries.

So, here is a ranking of the 11 fast food fries entirely based off of my opinion only, hence its controversy. There are some disgusting fries on this list in my opinion.

However, keep in mind that my definition of "disgusting" in this instance is that I would most likely still eat them if they were offered to me.

Steak and Shake (Dishonorable Mention)

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These thin pieces of cardboard potatoes can't even make it to number 10 on this ranking. One of my roommates loves these fries, and, just like Steak and Shake, she has garbage taste.

10. Burger King

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I don't even know what to write for this one. No one cares, Burger King. You bore me. Next!

9. Dairy Queen

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You go to Dairy Queen for blizzards, milkshakes, sundaes, but NEVER french fries.

8. Rally's

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These fries looks beautifully seasoned, but in reality they taste mediocre, hence their mediocre ranking.

7. Raising Cane's WITHOUT the sauce

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What. Is. THE POINT?

6. McDonald's

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I am underwhelmed, McDonald's. I always have been. I always will be. You're fine, but I am just not McLovin' it.

5. Raising Cane's WITH the sauce

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YES. Dip the fries in the Cane's sauce. Forget about McDonald's.

4. Chick-Fil-A

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These are delicious and have a fun shape, but I still do not believe they deserve the best spot at slot 10. Come at me.

3. Five Guys

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These fries are so greasy and awesome. You can slather them in vinegar, which not everybody loves, but I do! And this is my controversial ranking, so...

2. Wendy's

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These fries taste likes real potatoes. French fries = potatoes. I am sorry, but McDonald's has got nothing on these perfect, fried slices of ACTUAL potato on Wendy's menu.

1. Arby's

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Beautifully seasoned and beautifully curly... Arby's has the best fries. @ me, I dare you.

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