It's hard to imagine a restaurant that epitomizes the great American diner better than Huddle House. Since 1964, the restaurant?which has locations scattered prominently throughout the southern states?has warmed bellies with burgers, hearty breakfasts, and heaping helpings of friendly hospitality, available 24-hours a day. Even the moniker is All-American: founder John Sparks came up with the name after a football huddle, hoping it would inspire his customers to gather round a table and swap stories over a warm meal.
Over the years, Huddle House's menu has expanded and adapted to changing tastes, but its focus has remained the same: old-fashioned, American comfort food. No matter what time it is, guests can order up biscuits smothered in gravy and cheese or dig into the shop's signature waffles, whipped up using a secret recipe and waffle irons that can't read. Afternoon eats include chopped steak burgers served with regular or sweet potato fries and sandwiches with a southern twist, like a Philly cheese steak stuffed between slices of thick-cut Texas toast.
The chefs at Heart & Soul Diner aim to soothe their customers' souls with a creative menu of Cajun dishes and American staples. Crab cakes and fried green tomatoes share menu pages with burgers, steaks, pork chops, pastas, and seafood specialties, such as the lemon basil mahi mahi with roasted peppers and a lemon basil sauce. The crawfish po' boy showcases the flavors of the south, and the sesame-ginger salmon is the best way to taste the Atlantic without hitchhiking on the backs of willing whales.