Im still waiting for our first real Waffle House here in Omaha, Squatch & me are going to have a Wafflefest to go along with our Pancakefest, eeeeeemmmmmmmmmm PANCAKES!!!
Looked into opening a franchise once. Apparently, working there in some capacity at some point is a requirement, which may explain why it's so regional. Certainly the food, prices and service (aside from the grits) would fit anywhere.