Roscoe's House Of Chicken And Waffles (Hollywood Location)

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

I had some bad food this holiday season. And when I say bad, I don't mean meh or not that good. I mean legitimately inedible, things I paid for and still threw away. But in this new year, to be positive, I'll be talking about the best food I've eaten. This is the second in a two-coast two-parter from recent vacations and excursions.

I'm not a drinker or a smoker, but if there's one things drinkers and smokers get right, it's food. The ultimate in hangover food is chicken and waffles. The perfect mixture of sweet and salty, breakfast and lunch, there's nothing quite this meal to start your day.

The Mecca of this dish is the Los Angeles-based Roscoe's House Of Chicken And Waffles. Born in 1975 Long Beach to a Harlem native transplanted to California, restaurateur Herb Hudson's connections in Motown Roscoe's popular with celebrities, and by 1988, the restaurant had been referenced in its first movie. Since then, LA mainstays Quentin Tarantino and Snoop Dogg had mentioned it, as well as musicians from Atlanta's Ludacris and Brooklyn's Notorious BIG, as well as Orange County's Aquabats, proving that Roscoe's had crossed cultural and state lines.

I was in Los Angeles for Camp Flog Gnaw, a yearly music festival promoted by Tyler The Creator and his Odd Future collective. My AirBNB was in Hollywood, near Koreatown. The concerts started around 1300, and on day two of the festival I decided to see what the hype was about. It was absolutely worth it.

The menu can be confusing, with so many options it can be overwhelming. The service is more than patient, however, even with the long lines going down the street almost all hours. I went on Sunday brunch, seeing a very diverse group of customers: churchgoing families, a sorority reunion, partygoers still exhausted from the saturday night prior, foodie tourists, all sorts of people. But the service was very gracious and got everyone in and out in a timely manner. Not only were they very respectful, which is rare for a busy spot in a popular location. The chicken was crispy and tender, expertly fried, the waffles buttery and a perfect compliment to the savory chicken. The syrup meshed with both flavors, a perfect compliment. I firmly believe chicken spots are as good as their sides, specifically their mac and cheese. Thankfully, Roscoe's mac and cheese was primo, a perfect mix of homemade cheeses.

This place is not cheap. Meals can cost upwards of $20, but it is worth it as a treat or tourist opportunity. I highly recommend its place if you're in the Los Angeles area.

Roscoe's House Of Chicken And Waffles has seven locations across the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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