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The Definitive Guide to Atlanta's Waffle House Locations

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It's Greasy Spoons Week, and here's county connoisseur and Eater correspondent John Mishler back again to round up some of the best and worst Waffle House locations in the Atlanta area. If you've got thoughts or want to share your favorite (read: absurd) Waffle House story, do leave a comment below or send us a note through the tipline.

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It's really late... or really early. A golden vision rises above the roadway, beckoning the weary traveler or the hungry local. No, not McDonald's. Waffle House. The South's favorite diner and an Atlanta original, Waffle House has been providing customers with the consummate short-order culinary experience since the first restaurant opened in Avondale Estates in 1955. The bustling staff, open kitchen, jukebox tunes, sizzling grill, and 24-hour convenience all contribute to WaHo's singular charm.

And then there's the food. There's an impressive cross-country consistency to whatever comes out of the kitchen: cheese n' eggs; hash browns peppered, topped, or smothered; and, of course, waffles. Prepared rapid-fire and without the assistance of order tickets, the food is as dependable as the glow of the always-open Waffle House. Whether it's a road trip tradition, hangover cure, neighborhood gathering place, or late night rendezvous point, Waffle House is the greasy spoon when it comes to Atlanta. Of the more than 200 locations in the metropolitan area, here are some of the best (and a couple of the worst).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Waffle House #1000

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This is as close as you can get to the original Waffle House, now a museum less than a half mile down the street. To be so close to history is alone reason enough to frequent this, the 1,000th location. [Photo]

Waffle House #899

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Six lanes of pavement isn’t normally prime dining real estate, but where is a freeway view more appropriate than Waffle House? Booths in this Conyers location overlook I-20, the cars zipping by serving as reminders of the irreplaceable role WaHo has played on countless road trips.

Waffle House #1109

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Fueling up here across from the Atlanta Motor Speedway just makes sense before or after a day at the track.

Waffle House #917

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Also not far from Waffle House #1, the crew here is like family, greeting every customer who walks in the door with a chorus of “Welcome to Waffle House!” A snapshot of the smiling staff is tacked up near the entrance. [Photo]

Waffle House #648

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Though tucked away off Northside Drive in the shadow of a Days Inn, this is perhaps the most visible Waffle House in Atlanta. For anyone traveling south on I-75 into the city, it’s impossible to miss the signature yellow squares signage set against the skyline. [Photo]

Waffle House #1058

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Power lunches for the suit-and-tie crowd. Late night grub for those partaking in Buckhead nightlife. An alternative Buckhead location is on Roswell Road near the intersection with Powers Ferry Road. [Photo]

Waffle House #663

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In spite of the obvious need, there is no Waffle House inside Hartsfield-Jackson. A last stop before taking off or a first-things-first destination upon landing, this location is just minutes from the airport. [Photo]

Bad News: WH #1885

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Maybe if you’re a Georgia Tech undergrad, this is a “best." For the rest of us, the long waits and rowdy college crowd are a turn-off. A relatively new addition, in the days before Tech Square, the locations at 1701 Northside Drive and 1700 Howell Mill Road were the unofficial Tech WaHos. [Photo]

Bad News: WH #1826

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Don’t be surprised to see a 20% security surcharge on your bill at this Underground Atlanta outpost. Instituted earlier this year, the extra fee pays for an off-duty Atlanta police officer tasked with ensuring safety and keeping any crowds under control.

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Waffle House #1000

This is as close as you can get to the original Waffle House, now a museum less than a half mile down the street. To be so close to history is alone reason enough to frequent this, the 1,000th location. [Photo]

Waffle House #899

Six lanes of pavement isn’t normally prime dining real estate, but where is a freeway view more appropriate than Waffle House? Booths in this Conyers location overlook I-20, the cars zipping by serving as reminders of the irreplaceable role WaHo has played on countless road trips.

Waffle House #1109

Fueling up here across from the Atlanta Motor Speedway just makes sense before or after a day at the track.

Waffle House #917

Also not far from Waffle House #1, the crew here is like family, greeting every customer who walks in the door with a chorus of “Welcome to Waffle House!” A snapshot of the smiling staff is tacked up near the entrance. [Photo]

Waffle House #648

Though tucked away off Northside Drive in the shadow of a Days Inn, this is perhaps the most visible Waffle House in Atlanta. For anyone traveling south on I-75 into the city, it’s impossible to miss the signature yellow squares signage set against the skyline. [Photo]

Waffle House #1058

Power lunches for the suit-and-tie crowd. Late night grub for those partaking in Buckhead nightlife. An alternative Buckhead location is on Roswell Road near the intersection with Powers Ferry Road. [Photo]

Waffle House #663

In spite of the obvious need, there is no Waffle House inside Hartsfield-Jackson. A last stop before taking off or a first-things-first destination upon landing, this location is just minutes from the airport. [Photo]

Bad News: WH #1885

Maybe if you’re a Georgia Tech undergrad, this is a “best." For the rest of us, the long waits and rowdy college crowd are a turn-off. A relatively new addition, in the days before Tech Square, the locations at 1701 Northside Drive and 1700 Howell Mill Road were the unofficial Tech WaHos. [Photo]

Bad News: WH #1826

Don’t be surprised to see a 20% security surcharge on your bill at this Underground Atlanta outpost. Instituted earlier this year, the extra fee pays for an off-duty Atlanta police officer tasked with ensuring safety and keeping any crowds under control.

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