An L.A. institution that combines Fried Chicken…and waffles. Yes, waffles.
I’m not exactly sure where the notion to combine Chicken and Waffles together came from. One’s first instinct may be to say that it is wrong on sooo many levels.
Well, you’re forgiven for thinking that, but get yourself a Carol C. Special first. Then you’ll be forgiven.
Roscoe’s is a Los Angeles soul-food/Southern Cooking institution. You should go at least once while you’re in town. It’s Gower Location has been open since 1975, but is microscopically small. (I think it has ten tables, tops). Thus, I recommend going to the Pasadena or Mid-City locations. But it all depends on where you are.
Roscoe’s does not take reservations at any of its locations, so if you get there, and there’s a line, just get in it and wait. Don’t matter if you’re the Janitor or Morgan Freeman. There’s no such thing as getting bumped to the front of the line.
Ehhh, then again…
Look, the man was going to a Fundraiser at some dude’s house in Bel Air. Would you trust the food there?
The one thing that might surprise you is that, despite the fact that Roscoe’s has the word “Waffles” in the title, it is not known (at least known primarily) as a Breakfast joint. It is seriously undervalued as such. Unlike trying to go during Lunch or Dinner hours, getting in at Breakfast is relatively (relatively, mind you) easier. Plus, there’s the added benefit of having a decent breakfast for very little cash. (A Breakfast featuring two Sausage patties, a waffle and two eggs runs $8.30).
WHAT TO GET: If its your first time, I recommend wading in slowly (and waddling out even more slowly). But the place is a House of Chicken and Waffles, so like the President…try the Chicken and Waffles! Start off with a Carol C. It’s just the one Chicken Breast and One Waffle. If you’re hungrier than that…well, you won’t be for long. Try a Scoe’s Special, which is a Quarter Chicken and two Waffles. Good luck with that.
Also, make sure you ask for more syrup and butter if you want it, because you’re only getting the one of each when you get your order. Most of all, be patient. Sometimes, the service can be a little…well…let’s just say, unique.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Listen, there ain’t nothin’ healthy or envirgorating about a plate of Fried Chicken and Waffles covered in syrup and butter. If you’re planning on making a Roscoe’s run, cancel your plans for the rest of the day (especially if they involve food), go home, unbutton your pants, find the soft end of the nearest sofa, and let nature take its course.
PARKING: Parking varies at the locations. I can only verify the few I’ve been to, so here goes:
Pasadena has its own lot, but it fills up quickly. If you can’t get a space in the lot, you may be walking a bit. There’s a CVS drug store next door. You can chance parking in that lot, but if you get caught, it’s a sure ticket. Street Parking is a little far away on Mentor, and its mostly residential.
Pico (aka the Mid-City location) also has its own lot, but its smaller than the Pasadena one. The better news is that street parking is easier here than at the Pasadena Location. (Oh, by the way, this is the location where POTUS rolled into).
Gower: HA! Good luck. No Lot, all metered Street Parking.
1514 N. Gower St.
Los Angeles, CA
5006 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
621 W. Manchester Ave.
730 E. Broadway Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
830 N. Lake Ave.