After a long day of doing touristy stuff, we wanted to grab a late dinner, and chose Roscoe’s. This was one of a number of “places to eat” recommended on Timeout’s Los Angeles web portal, and since it was (barely) within walking distance of our hotel, we decided to give it a try.
We arrived around 8pm and were seated immediately in spite of a near full house.
Roscoe’s is a California based chain of soul food restaurants started by a expat Harlem native, and specializes in, not surprisingly, fried chicken and waffles.
There actually is other fare on the menu. Not that you’d notice by looking around. But they seem to be doing something right, because the place was buzzing, and every table within sight was ordering the same thing.
So, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I ordered the “Scoes” dinner, meaning a quarter chicken and two waffles. I asked for the “southern style” chicken, the alternative being chicken with gravy. Looking around the restaurant, “southern style” was the dominant preference.
This was a marinated chicken leg and a breast, dredged in a deeply seasoned flour mixture, and deep fried to a light crisp. It’s served with two large fluffy waffles, a huge dollop of creamery butter, and two large cups of syrup.
The waffles, we found a little disappointing. The flavor was nice enough. They were slightly sweet, with a hint of cinnamon, soft spongy on the inside. The disappointment was that they were soft on the outside as well. We like our waffles to be a little crispy on the edges. No so here.
The chicken was excellent. It was hot and juicy on the inside, cooked and seasoned extremely well, with a nice spicy hit that wasn’t overwhelming (milder than, say, KFC). It combines nicely with the sweet syrup.
My dinner companion had a smaller order of a single piece of chicken with a biscuit, also with a very generous dollop of creamery butter.
This biscuit was actually kinda dense. Flavor and seasoning was okay.
The room is very open, bright and boisterous. It’s functional and clean.
Our servers were nice enough, albeit a little overworked, probably because of how busy this location was.
Honestly, the chicken was good, but I’ve had better fried chicken & waffles elsewhere, but the price was reasonable.