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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles (Hollywood)

Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles
1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6422
323 466 7453

Summary: Roscoe's is an LA icon made famous by the Motown celebrities of the 70's and so of course I wanted to try it. After my visit there it is clear that the "hype" is not over the food but over the LA feel and celebrity of it all. It was an exciting visit but you will have to read my description of the atmosphere to know why. 

Food: I was there for breakfast had the Home Style, which consisted of 2 chicken sausages, 2 eggs and a waffle accompanied by an orange juice. The waffle was soggy. The sausages were extremely rubbery and chewy. The eggs were non-spectacular and the orange juice was tiny for the $3.40 I paid for it.  It was reminiscent of a Jack in the Box breakfast left to cool all for 4 hours in a car, except I paid $30 plus a tip (meal for 2). I walked out feeling robbed. 

Atmosphere:  I have never spent much time in LA and this specific location rests in a borderline shady region of Hollywood. We parked in front of a homeless man's sleeping box, just a few blocks from the restaurant to avoid a valet fee and as we walked to the restaurant we witnessed the tail-end of some sort of police chase, culminating in a closed main street, about 6 police cars, dozens of spectators and a  car crashing into a police car. We did not witness the crash, only the aftermath.

Moving on we entered the establishment which has a cool, Southern style decor. I am not going to lie. I liked the general feel and the unusual mix of people you often find in the hyped up places. Once in the restaurant, and sat in a booth, a 35 year old woman walked in acting in the most peculiar fashion. Without making any eye contact with anyone in the establishment she proceeded to tell us all that she was new in town, raised her children on her own and that her ex would doing anything to get her back. Yes - we all felt very awkward. Eventually she was escorted out, but it was definitely an LA experience. Poor thing, I wonder what ever came of her. 

Service: All I can say is blah - The place was busy and the staff were busy but polite enough. 

Would I go back? Absolutely not. 

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