***August’s Restaurant of the Month*** ROSCOE’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES, Los Angeles
Whitney Houston said it best at the 2000 Grammy Awards when referencing the legacy of Bobby Brown – “There are a lot of imitators, but there’s only one original.” Dare I use this distinct quote as it also applies to LA soul food oasis ROSCOE’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES, the pioneering restaurant that first gained worldwide acclaim for their delicious and unique take on fried chicken & luscious waffles, a dish that has since become an American staple for brunch and dinners nationwide. And while Roscoe’s chicken may not be the best fried chicken ever, the waffles, generous portions, affordable prices, southern appeal and swift service make it a must visit whenever I’m on the west coast! Even President Obama recently stopped by and raved about their greasy goodness!
Since opening as an all-night take out dining spot in 1976, Roscoe’s has grown into a local LA chain with locations in Hollywood, Long Beach and Pasadena, just to name a few! It has become a celebrity favorite and EVERYONE from Snoop Dogg to Larry King has been served one of their well-rounded flavorful meals with catchy names, often inspired by their most famous clients. And whether you stop by for breakfast, dinner or a midnight rendezvous, their grits, mac & cheese, hot water cornbread, and collard greens are all worth the extra calories that will make you leave, wondering when you can pencil in your next visit!
I stopped in the other night with some friends and ordered the #2 Scoe’s which is 1/4 chicken, smothered in gravy and onions, with two waffles and Roscoe’s signature sauce all for $10.90! We stopped by around 9pm, and although there was a 5 minute wait, it was well worth it! The three of us ate for $40, including the tip!!!!
The chicken was succulent and tender while crispy and greasy, drenched in gravy! The waffles were light, fluffy and moist! As a matter of fact, Roscoe’s waffles have to be the moistest waffles I’ve ever had! I usually stop by Roscoe’s for breakfast and get grits and a biscuit instead of the waffles… But after my last visit, I will ALWAYS order some waffles when I visit, because they are just too good to pass up! The butter melted on top and although I sweetened them with a little syrup, the extras were totally unnecessary. At the end of the day, Roscoe’s waffles stand alone and I’ve NEVER had waffles better than theirs!
In case you can’t tell by the comfort food and low prices, Roscoe’s is not a place where you need to dress up or try to impress… The shabby environment is almost shack-like, but it’s part of the down and dirty appeal. Roscoe’s is always jammed pack and full of eye candy, so don’t go too drab. You might leave with a little more than a stuffed belly, if you catch my drift! With every visit, it seems as though the servers and the diners are always scoping the view to see and be seen, that is, until the food comes. Then it’s nothing but elbow-jabbing, lip-smacking, finger-wiping goodness reminiscent of a southern grandma’s home-cooked meal. By the way, whether it’s a lemonade or a fruit punch, the drinks at Roscoe’s are sweet and refreshing!
Anyway, I LOVE me some Roscoe’s! They round out any trip out west and I’m proud to name them our AUGUST Restaurant of the Month!
Have you ever been to Roscoe’s? Let me know your thoughts! Whenever I rave about them, I’m often greeted with mixed reviews, but I don’t care! They found a loyal customer in me, and as long as they keep serving up those fabulous cozy dishes, I’ll return again and again where Harlem meets the South in the city of Angels.