A mexican restaurant
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is a Hollywood, California-based soul food restaurant chain founded by Herb Hudson, a Harlem native, in 1976. It is best known, as the name states, for serving chicken and … see full wiki
I had made it my mission to eat as many fried chicken, preferably with waffles, as I could for this recent trip to the US. Because Canada is so far up north, finding tasty southern fried chicken is about as rare as finding your lost diamond ring in the ocean, or finding an authentic Thai restaurant around here. The last time I had a good chicken and waffle, believe it or not, it was at A&W in Thailand. Very random combination. While I was in New York, I didn't get to go try this wonderful place located in Harlem that my sister kept raving about. Who wouldn't be enticed by the words "fried chicken" and "mimosa" in the same sentence? So when I met Geri of Princess Gourmet in San Francisco, she firmly recommended Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, a California-based soul food joint opened by a Harlem native. As my US trip was coming to an end, I made it the top of my list of things to do in LA.
After a gruelling incident where we almost missed the plane, we safely arrived LA and immediately booked it to Hollywood. There was a distinct sign of a cartoon rooster wearing a hat standing in front of a giant waffle. We knew they meant business. An intimidating security was standing outside, guarding the perimeter from rascals who were hanging around the restaurant. As a tourist, I naturally took it as a precaution. We were led inside of restaurant where it was quite dark with glowing pink and yellow neons. It wasn't very busy, and everybody seemed comfortable enjoying their meals. I was excited and ready for some soul food!
The menu is pretty straight forward, listing different ways you can order their fried chicken. I didn't hesitate to order the half chicken, south western style with 2 waffles for $15.30. Keeping it simple, keeping it real. We also wanted to order the Mac n' Cheese on the side and saw that the portion was so small for $4.50. We asked for a mix of grey and dark meat to get the best of both worlds. As much as I wanted to devour everything myself, I ended up sharing since this huge portion was out of my league.
Buttermilk battered and twice fried, the chicken was wonderfully flavourful and extra crispy. They were good on their own, but I must add a touch of magic; hot sauce.
I usually wouldn't slather my waffle with all the whole scoop of butter, or empty my cup of syrup. But this time, I went all out. My waffle was crispy, fluffy, and buttery. I even drenched it with syrup and enjoy the whole experience with the crispy chicken...AND hot sauce! At that point, I no longer cared how many calories or saturated fat I was consuming. Lets just say I lost self control as though I and ate like a pregnant woman on a rampage. It was everything I imagined. Alas, my craving was finally satisfied.
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