Waffle Eating Champ Visits Local Eatery
By Fred Furnace
Published December 15th, 2014
WATERVLIET -- Customers enjoying breakfast at Bob's Diner had an unexpected brush with stardom Thursday when a local food-eating champion stopped in for a bite.
Area native and waffle-eating hero Jim "Jimbo" Stintz stopped by the local eatery just before 7:00 am to shake hands and practice for an upcoming competition.
"I used to come here in my younger days to hone my skills," said Stintz, the reigning Schaghticoke Fair waffle-eating champion. "If it weren't for Bob's early morning 'all-you-can-eat' breakfast platter, I could never have afforded to pursue my dream of competitive waffle eating.
"Bob's made me who I am today," added a teary-eyed Stintz. "It seems only fitting to visit and give something back."
Stintz's return to his roots, however, wasn't as successful as he had hoped. For starters, the patrons at Bob's weren’t impressed with Jimbo’s celebrity.
"Yeah, I thought it would be neat to pop in and maybe sign a few autographs. But most of the people in here were still drunk from the night before, so I guess they weren't much in the mood to socialize. One of them even threatened to kill me."
HVCC student Phil Flemons denied the accusation. "I wasn't even drunk no more. But yeah, I wanted that guy out of my face. He was all, 'Hey bro! What ya eatin' - waffles? I've eaten a few of those in my day. Blah blah blah.' I was like, 'dude, get away from me!'"
"Since the customers weren't in a socializing mood," said Jimbo, "I decided to just get my practice in and call it a day."
"Practice" for Jimbo meant downing 27 of Bob's large Belgian-style waffles in less than one hour. With butter and syrup, that translates to a whopping 22,500 calories — 10 times the daily-recommended intake for an adult male.
But that wasn't the only large number associated with Jimbo's breakfast.
"We stopped offering all-you-can-eat waffles about eight years ago," explained Florence Palumbo, the waitress working the early shift that morning. "I guess he didn't know."
The grand total for Jimbo's waffle breakfast? A staggering $235.54.
"Waffle eating just isn't as lucrative as you might think," said Jimbo. "That's a lot of dough. I don't make anything close to that on the Fair circuit. I really wished that lady had told me it wasn't all-you-can-eat anymore. I mean, right? Dang."