Oh, the amusement at the Dumfries, Virginia Waffle House can provide! If you go to this busy location, on a Friday or Saturday night after bar hopping, you’ll be laughing by the time you leave whether drunk or not. This is the place to go either way, because when boozed up, you want to get greasy food and be surrounded by similarly drunken idiots. If you are the designated driver, or “babysitter,” at least you can sit back in relative ease and just chuckle. The Waffle House is busy during these times, and while its filled to capacity here, they’ll get your waffles, hashbrowns, or Steak and Cheese sandwich cooked up in a matter of minutes. That’s another reason to go, because when you are in the “babysitter role,” you don’t want to spend too much time with your normally sane friends, that are a bit under the influence.
The crowds in here at that time are the 20-30 somethings, and I’m proud that I’ve gotten a few numbers on cocktail napkins from some of the ladies in there. Yet what makes this place special, is the jukebox. All it takes is a quarter, and you can play oldies, or “The Waffle Song.” You are reading that correctly, as its according to the usual server that “tolerates” us, the actual anthem of the company. We’ve dropped several dollars in at a time, so that song woul play over and over again. “The Waffle Song, The Waffle Song, Oh we love our Waffles,” or something along the lines are the lyrics. Thankfully, when we are sober, we don’t partake in this type of juvenile amusement.
You aren’t going to find fancy seats here, but its open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For drunks or tired workers, its a winning place to get a quick, hot meal. The waffles are truly delicious. I prefer the plain ones, loaded with whopping portions of artery bursting butter and syrup, although they do have blueberry and strawberry ones as well. You actually get to watch your waffle being cooked. That is such a neat philosophy, and they almost always come out of that griddle golden brown, piping hot, and truly a masterpiece of breakfast cuisine. Same goes for the eggs, which are prepared how you like them, along with either crisp bacon or their sausage. I wish I could say that I enjoyed their sausage links, but they appear to be nothing but mere pieces of salt, rolled into what appears to be pieces of pork.
What about the hasbrowns? Now this is a specialty of this restaurants, as you can get them “covered and smothered.” This is having your potatoes covered with cheese and onions, and while it will raise your cholesterol results, it is very good. Even my father, who’s the “stuffed shirt type,” had to admit that he found them to be enjoyable. Their Steak and eggs will fill you up. They have T-bone strip steaks, that might not be of the highest quality or marbling, but you can’t beat their $9.99 pricetag. You can have these cooked however you like it, and its a “carb based” way to either starting or finishing your day.
The seats are comfortable enough, but I do wish they had cushions on them. They don’t have a lot of room either, so if you are tall, this could be a problem. However, what do you expect when the average bill per person is around $5-$7? Much like other late night diners, the place isn’t going to win any awards for cleanliness, but I feel safe eating here. The bathrooms are scrubbed regularly, and although there’s an occasional bout of rowdiness,I’ve never seen a fist fight or worse here. Its just a fun crowd, and if you need a quick meal, stop by this Waffle House at 17137 Dumfries Road Dumfries, VA 22025. You can also call them for more information, or a carryout order, at 703-221-8726.