No matter what time of the day or night, the Huddle House in Scottsboro has the food you want, when you want it.
There is no set time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and new manager, Todd Bles (pronounced like ‘peace’), said that is one of the reasons customers love to huddle in.
“We have a full menu 24-hours-a-day,” he said. “If you come in at 6 a.m. and want something for supper, we cook it fresh to order.
“We realize we have customers who work different shifts,” he continued, “and when they get off work, that is their supper-time. Our core values at Huddle House are to give our customers what they want – not what we think they should have and to give them the best dining experience we possibly can. We are proud to be able to serve them in that way.”
One of the most popular menu items at the Huddle House is the MVP Breakfast – a massive meal that Bles said customers love.
“It comes with a waffle, two eggs, cooked any way you want them, grits and toast, or gravy and biscuit, your choice of bacon or sausage, and a big serving of our famous hashbrowns for just $6.69,” he said. “It’s so much food that lots of couples share it.
“A few months ago,” he continued, “Huddle House changed the hashbrowns we serve to a different type that was pre-seasoned. Our customers didn’t like that, so the corporate office changed them back to the original, crispy hashbrowns everyone loves,” he said. “That is one of the things I love about this company. It is dedicated to giving the customer what they want.”
In addition to the omelets, biscuits, pancakes and fluffy waffles Huddle House is known for, the restaurant offers a daily special for customers who may not be in the mood for breakfast.
“We have a ‘meat and two veggies’ special that features your choice of grilled chicken, chicken tenders, chopped steak, country fried steak, or ‘chicken-fried chicken’ with two vegetables and Texas toast for just $5.99,” he said. “It’s a good deal and it’s one of our most popular items. It’s available any time of the day or night.”
They also serve Ribeye steaks, juicy hamburgers and just about anything else you can think of. But, the Huddle House is more than just a place to eat, Bles said.
“Our customers come in here to sit and talk over a good cup of coffee and maybe some dessert,” he said. “For example, every morning, we have a group of veterans who meet here and just enjoy each other’s company over a good meal.
“We are proud to have them, just like we are proud of all of our customers,” he said. “We are honored that they choose to eat here and we try to let them know that. The Huddle House gives a discount to all military personnel – active duty or veterans. It’s our way of giving them something back for the service they give us.”
Bles has been with Huddle House for nine years total, and has been at the Scottsboro location for one month.
“Before coming here,” he said, “I was the manager of the Albertville location for two years.”
Since coming to Scottsboro, he has made some changes to make the restaurant an even better part of the community.
“Each Huddle House tries to serve the community in some way or another,” he said, “whether it be sponsoring a football team or some other sports activity or community project.
“When I came here, the football program at the high school had already started, but I would love to get into the community and give our restaurant’s support in some way,” he said. “I’ve thought about different ideas like maybe having the kids come out and decorate our windows here and give a percentage of the days’ sales to help them. I’ve also thought about hosting a car wash or some other type of fundraiser. I just have to get established here and get that done.
“I love my job and I am really enjoying meeting the people in this community,” he said. “Our staff here is happy to see all of our customers and we are dedicated to providing each of them with wonderful service, a friendly atmosphere and delicious food, no matter what time it is.”