by Bob Nelson

After passing by the new “Flying J” roughly 25 times, I finally decided to stop in.  Okay, admittedly, I needed gas and noticed they had some of the lowest prices in town, but since I was already there, I decided I may as well give myself a personal tour of this new facility.  When I entered the front door, the first thing that hit me was the mouth-watering fragrance of freshly baked Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.  Being in advertising, I immediately concluded that locating the ovens right inside the front door was a brilliant marketing move!  With Great effort, I managed to bypass the Cinnabons and began perusing the convenience shopping mart where they offer nearly everything a standard truck stop does, including many items you don’t find anywhere else.

I continued down the hall toward the restrooms and showers where I discovered a very nice lounge area with twenty-four theater-like chairs and a large screen HD TV.  The nine showers were private with separate locked doors for each.  There was also a laundry area and an arcade room.  As I walked further back toward the Huddle House Restaurant, I noticed additional food items available from pizza to Subway Sandwiches.

Per their website… The Huddle House, Inc., a full-service family restaurant chain, is well-known for serving “Any Meal. Any Time.” in communities around the country. The Huddle House menu has a wide variety of comfort food items and features signature Big House breakfast and sandwich platters, as well as favorites such as country fried steak with green beans and marinated grilled chicken with sweet potato fries. The core values on which Huddle House was founded in 1964 – serving quality food in a warm, friendly environment that brings the community together – remain intact today.

Upon entering the Huddle House, I was immediately greeted with a friendly hello and an offer of coffee.  I opted instead for iced tea as I looked over their menu.  Their website information was entirely accurate–they offered about any favorite your taste buds dream up.  I decided to give their breakfast a try, so after discussing my options with the waitress, I chose the basic Big House Breakfast.  The meal took a little longer to arrive than many in New Haven may be accustomed to, but the portions were generous, quite tasty, and priced competitively with other local establishments.  They also offer “trucker specials” and seven meal choices for only $3.99 each.

Overall, I thought the layout from the gas pumps to the convenience store was well thought and, since I saved about twenty cents per gallon, I’ll probably start filling my tank there.  As I left the Huddle House to return to my vehicle, I again encountered the Cinnabons and I just might have purchased one for later.  Hey, I’m only human.  Even with a full stomach, I challenge anyone to bypass these aromatic pastries a second time!

POSTED: 12/27/12 at 8:16 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Opinions