It was late. We'd just checked into our hotel near Anaheim. We had a morning flight out of Orange County. We'd just had a long drive in from Arizona which had ended in a slog through LA traffic. So we were tired.
But we hadn't gotten to Roscoe's.
We went for it.
Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles
1514 N. Gower St. (just north of Sunset)
Hollywood, CA 90028-6422
(last visit January 2004)
Metro: Hollywood/Vine (Red Line)
other locations at:
5006 W. Pico Blvd. (near LaBrea)
Los Angeles, CA 90019-4126
106 W. Manchester Ave. (corner Main)
Los Angeles, CA 90003-3300
730 E. Broadway (near Alamitos Ave.)
Long Beach, CA 90802-5134
Metro: 1st Street (Blue Line)
830 N. Lake Ave. (between Orange Grove and Washington)
Pasadena, CA 91104-4560
(If we'd known about the Long Beach location we'd probably have tried for that one instead, but until we'd gotten a takeout bag the only one we knew about was in Hollywood. Also, the Hollywood location is open latest.)
It all turned out fine, anyway. We got our chicken and waffles. We got sleep. We even made our flight, though that was an adventure in itself. And we got to speed through the night down the freeways of LA.
"Chicken and waffles? Are you kidding?"
Before you ask any questions, you should try them. It may not be a combination you've heard of, but they taste good together nonetheless, particularly when the chicken is expertly fried and the waffles are made from scratch.
Legend has it that the pairing was invented by Wells Restaurant in Harlem, in the late '30s, when the late night crowd couldn't decide whether it wanted breakfast or dinner. But other authorities claim it dates back further back, to the the rural South, when farmers would simply fry up a chicken for breakfast and make some waffles with it. In any case, Roscoe's has been making this delicacy in Hollywood since April of 1976.
I believe bedfull_o_books
got the Carol C. special, for $7.10: "1 succulent breast, 1 delicious waffle". The fried chicken breast, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and the waffle, a crunchy golden brown, covered with syrup. She made it go away pretty fast. She also got a combination of lemonade and iced tea, I think, which had a name and cost a couple of bucks.
I saw giblets and rice with gravy, onions, and a hot biscuit ($8.30). Chicken giblets are a favorite of mine from childhood, so my decision was easy. These were also deep fried, and came piping hot out of the oven with plenty of rice. I managed to demolish about half of a large plateful. I filled a medium-sized styrofoam container with the other half, and took it home. It was obviously better fresh, but still wasn't bad as leftovers. And I had a full meal's worth left.
The most expensive things on the menu are the various half chicken combinations: the Lord Harvey, with gravy & onions, grits & fluffy biscuit, for $10.25, the half chicken with two waffles, also $10.25, while the half chicken with gravy & onions and two waffles is $10.35.
There are various bottled beers available for $3.50 to $4. Eat here, and the bill won't break the bank.
Next time we plan our trip better and bring more people.