South and Midwest
I'll get a chain section going sometime soon. Waffle House, Krispie Cream, White Castle and the like. Until then, as I ate at the Waffle House a few times on my trip to Texas, I'll include it here.
I've got to get to the Waffle House at least two times during any foray into Waffle House Country (the South and MidWest as far as I can tell). Not all that hard to do. Seems like there's a Waffle House at almost every Interstate exit.
My two favorites - Pork Chop and Eggs with a double order of home fries and a side of raisin bread. And their namesake, with pecans mixed in - their Pecan Waffle.
It's the hash browns where the Waffle House really shines. The Waffle House hash browns come six ways: Traditional; Scattered & Smothered (Onions); Scattered, Smothered & Covered (Onions and Melted Cheese); Scattered, Smothered, Covered & Chunked (Onions, Cheese and Ham); Scattered, Smothered, Covered, Chunked & Topped (Onions, Cheese, Ham & Chili; Scattered, Smothered, Covered, Chunked, Topped & Diced (Onions, Cheese, Ham, Chili and Diced Tomatoes).
One tradition, as you walk in the door, all the servers greet you with a "Welcome," "Howdy" or "Good Morning" and really seem to mean it. Another tradition - The Waffle House songs on the juke box. Click on the pic of the juke box on the right to go to a web site that sells the Waffle House CD and where you can hear sound bites from a number of the songs.