With anti-smoking legislation kicking in on Oct. 1, I'm counting down the days until I can eat at Waffle House again. WH is just about my favorite restaurant, but I haven't been in yearsot since I sat in the booth next to a woman who chain-smoked across the table from her husband who had an oxygen mask on his face. It took my breath away, no pun intended.
With 73 days to go until restaurants have to kick the habit, I'm making a list of places that I'm excited to visit once the air clears. Waffle House is at the top. If I understand the law—and no one really understands the convoluted legislation—delicious but smoky landmarks like Mirror, Brown's Diner and all the Vietnamese places on Charlotte will be fume-free.
Then again, the law leaves a lot of wiggle room. (Places with age restrictions or members-only policies are exempt.) And who knows who's going to enforce it? If that man with the oxygen mask couldn't get his wife to hold off while he ate his hash browns, good luck to the Metro Health Department or whoever gets the job.