Kiss my cheese grits! Is the Waffle House affected by the CEO sex scandal?

J. Wohletz
Waffle House's "all the way" hash browns.
The former CEO and current chairman of Waffle House, Joe Rogers Jr., has his waffles in the iron right now over sex tapes allegedly made of him and his former housekeeper, who claims that Rogers demanded sexual acts as part of her job duties over the eight years she worked for him. She's suing, he's saying she consented to what he was serving up, and the tapes are in the hands of a judge.

Rogers's reputation may end up smothered, covered, diced and chunked like an order of Waffle House hash browns, but does the chain itself deserve to be fried -- or will its rep come out sunny-side up?

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J. Wohletz
The Waffle House, Thornton.
I grew up in the Midwestern United States, where Waffle Houses were -- and still are -- prolific, packed in the wee hours by truckers, drunks, errant teens and senior citizens who eat breakfast at 4 a.m. I recall the coffee being decent and abundant, the service being gritty but efficient, and the food being pretty awful -- with the exception of the eggs, hash browns and, of course, the waffles.

Walking over the reddish-tiled floor of the Waffle House at 8401 Pearl Street in Thornton brought on a wave of nostalgia that washed over me, along with the the unforgettable aroma of coffee, greasy grill and pit sweat that every Waffle House has -- a big part of its seedy charm. I sat myself unceremoniously as the single female server brought out a plastic placemat menu. She assumed I wanted coffee; she was absolutely right. I immediately took a shine to her, as her crusty congeniality was a real comfort. So was the coffee; it was as decent as I remembered, and my cup never went below half without a warm-up.

J. Wohletz
The pumpkin spice waffle.
I ordered the Springer Mountain Farms grilled chicken & eggs with cheese grits, a seasonal pumpkin spice waffle and something I've always wanted to order but never had before: hash browns "all the way," which are scattered, smothered in onions, covered in cheese, chunked with ham, diced with tomatoes, peppered with jalapenos, capped with mushrooms, topped with chili and country gravy. I wanted every single topping available on Waffle House hash browns, so I could cross this sloppy endeavor off my bucket list.

There are three fundamental sources of entertainment at every Waffle House: other customers, the ancient jukebox with a limited selection of music, and the cooks. At this location, there were a few old-timers bitching about the election and the jukebox was tuned to everything Katy Perry has ever produced, but the lone cook was fun to observe as he flipped eggs, molded hash browns with those little metal rings and worked the waffle irons like a seasoned professional.

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Cafe Crescendo

2190 S. Delaware St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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