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We know what regional difference he’s talking about, right? I ran smack into it at the Mount Vernon Super 8 this past summer and the Fairfield Inn DFW in Grapevine earlier this month: the Texas-shaped waffle. To my knowledge, no other state issues waffles in its own shape. Other states’ hotels, bless their hearts, make do with round.
Hotel breakfast waffle irons, by the way, are clearly among the most popular features of the free breakfast, based on the lines that form when such a machine is present.
Of course, there’s always someone in line who has never ironed a waffle before. He or she can’t figure out how to get the waffle mix into the cup or doesn’t know that when the machine beeps like a truck backing up, you flip the waffle — oh, wait! Wait! You must hold onto the handle when you flip the waffle or ... oh, there you go. There’s waffle goo all over the room.
Like I said, fraught with peril. But worth it. A little strategy is needed, though. For me, it involves first making and consuming a cup of coffee in the room. Otherwise, there’s no way I can face that ravenous horde. Second, be neither the earliest nor the latest free breakfaster.
Embassy Suites has breakfast hours of 6 to 9 a.m. — 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekends, so people can sleep in — and Smith says there are two big rushes: at the beginning of service and at the end, when the sleep-inners wake up.
“Go at 8,” she says. “You’ll often be all alone.”