If you have visited 4509 Lafayette Street lately, you have probably noticed a new sign and owner. Maranda Hartman, a native of Wewahitchka, is excited to continue some traditions and make some changes to what is now The Waffle Iron of Marianna.
Hartman has lived in Altha for about 13 years with her husband, Ralph (owner of FloorPro) and her four children ranging in age from seven to twenty-two. It is rare to visit her restaurant on a Saturday and miss seeing the children helping their mom with the family business. Hartman, a former nursing student began working for her mother-in-law, Connie Clayton, at Connie’s Kitchen when she first moved to Calhoun County about 15 years ago. At Connie’s Kitchen, Hartman was able to gain restaurant management experience. It was during this time that she fell in love with the hospitality industry. Last fall she went to work at Bobbies Waffle Iron after Connie’s Kitchen was sold. In December Bobbie Kindell, former owner, offered to sell the business to Hartman, who accepted and on March 1st The Waffle House of Marianna opened.
Hartman quickly pointed out that “Bobbie did a great job” and she wanted to build on the former owner’s success, while adding a few variations. The new menu features lower prices and a few new items, such as fresh, fried catfish nuggets and the frequently requested steak and cheese omelet. If you are hungry and are looking for an inexpensive hearty breakfast, request the Breakfast Special, which includes two eggs, grits, toast and two slices of bacon for $4.99. According to Hartman, a popular choice is the Pork Chop Special, which features a ¾ inch center cut pork chop, two eggs, grits and toast. For lunch Hartman recommends the Grilled Chicken Club or the Texas Cheese Steak Sandwich. The Grilled Chicken Club is a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich covered with grilled chicken breast and white cheese served on toasted Italian bread. The Texas Cheese Steak Sandwich has thinly sliced steak piled high and sautéed with bell peppers and onions, smothered with white cheese, and served on grilled Texas toast.
Future plans include minor renovations and expanding hours of operation in the future. Hartman shared how she had met many people traveling through town and “lots of locals”. In fact, several groups of friends meet for breakfast regularly. “It always nice to meet new people” Hartman continued “and I love the area and the Chipola River.” She buys locally to support the community, which is an additional benefit for Marianna.
The Waffle Iron of Marianna is open Mondays through Fridays 6 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 6 am to 12 pm. The restaurant is closed on Sunday, so Hartman can spend time with her family and attend her local church. Enjoy dining in or carry out. Call your order in advance to (850) 526-5055, and avoid any wait time. Visit The Waffle Iron of Marianna and support Hartman’s business. Visit the City of Marianna’s website at http://www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about new businesses. Shop locally and support Marianna businesses.