I think every Waffle House is a total dive. They just don't seem right if they're not.
"Cool Story, Bro" Time:
I went to Georgia Tech, started in 2005, got out in 2009. Yeah, that's right. 4 years for one of, if not the, best engineering degree you can get in my field. Come at me. Anyway, when I was there, there were two Waffle Houses that we'd go to: the one at Howell Mill and Defoors near Ghetto Kroger, and the one behind the strip club at Northside and 75. Guess which one had better people watching, and guess which one we usually went to. I've watched security guards taser each in the middle of an overnight shift, while eating the best drunk food you can possible consume outside of a tacqueria or curry stand. So naturally, they open a Waffle House in Tech Square the year after I graduate.
On thread topic: nice hauls you guys. Put me to shame. I am terrible at the thrifting.
The Tech Square WH is so nice and clean (relatively speaking, of course) that it doesn't even feel like a Waffle House.