UPDATE: Waffle House caters party for biggest fan
UPDATE: Waffle House catered a party for one of its biggest fans Saturday.
Johnny and Maxie Maxwell of Ringgold won a contest this summer that declared them Waffle House's biggest fans.
The restaurant agreed to cater to 100 of Johnny's closest friends Saturday but Johnny told Waffle House he has more than 100 friends, so they catered for 200 people.
UPDATE: Waffle House announced Tuesday that Johnny and "Maxie" Maxwell of Ringgold won the online Waffle House Fan Photo contest.
Now the Waffle House food truck will come to their house in the fall to throw a party with hash browns and waffles for 100 people.
The local couple received almost three times as many votes as the other two competitors in the Facebook contest to find the number one Waffle House fan.
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Johnny Maxwell and his wife “Maxi” have been visiting the Ringgold Waffle House on Highway 151 since the eighties. They were some of the first customers on opening night decades ago and he’s been there almost every day since.
“They’ve always been friendly and greeted my wife and I with a smile: Where you been? How you been? How come you’re so late?” Johnny said.
For most of that time, the couple ate almost every meal at Waffle House.
“The only thing that’s changed is the prices,” Johnny said. “The goodness and freshness is still the same.”
But the couple slowed down their pace at the southern staple when Maxi fell ill eight years ago.
Johnny still makes the 12-mile round trip every afternoon to drink a hot tea and bring Maxi home a large black coffee.
“She’s gotta have her Waffle House cup of coffee or she doesn’t want any at all,” he said.
The Maxwells are trying to win the Waffle House Fan Photo Contest on Facebook. With enough votes, Waffle House will throw a catered party at their house for 100 friends.
“If I win this, I’m gonna start asking Waffle House if they’ll pay my gas bill back and forth,” Johnny said with a laugh.