Somehow it took me until college to visit a Waffle House. Despite growing up in North Carolina, I drove past them all the time, but it was never on the agenda to stop. Even still I could count on (probably one) my hands the number of times I’ve been to one, but that’s not for any specific reason. It’s just not on the priority list. But when I need a place to go for “breakfast at midnight” after Taylor Swift’s RED Tour in 2013 (if you know you know), it was the clear choice. And if you’ve ever driven any distance in the state of NC you know that you can’t go far without seeing that iconic yellow sign. So when a friend stumbled across the article detailing that North Carolina has the second most Waffle House locations nationwide, I instantly believed it.
North Carolina, according to VinePair.com, has 183 Waffle House locations. The only states with more? Florida. The sunshine state is home to 183 Waffle Houses. And Georgia, who has a whopping 433 Waffle Houses. Now that is impressive! Honestly the most suprrising to me stat, was that the breakfast chain is not in all 50 states. Most of the western and northern part of the United States is not graced by the presense of this iconic restaurant. How do they know a storm is bad? Because it’s common knowledge that the world basically has to be ended for Waffle House to close.
So they next time you’re on a roadtrip thinking you’ve passed a lot of Waffle House locations. You have. Do they outnumber Dollar General though? I’ll have to research! It’s certainly an ingrained part of the North Carolina culture that’s for sure! Interested in the data from other states? You can find the full VinePair article here.