Yes, they have chicken and waffles in New York, after all, many say the dish originated in Harlem’s Well’s Supper Club, but when in Los Angeles, Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles is just one of those places you have to go, and happily, I can report it did not disappoint.
David and I decided to share Herb’s Special ($16.10) which was three pieces of fried chicken in Herb’s (the founder’s) special seasonings and two waffles. (The picture above was my portion.) The best part was, you guessed it, the fried chicken. The outside was crunchy, the inside moist (albeit fatty), and very well-seasoned throughout. The problem I have with places in New York is that they’re a bit weak with their seasoning. They season, but never enough to penetrate deep into the meat. This was complete flavor penetration, a.k.a. complete flavor bomb in a crisp shell.
The waffles weren’t much to talk about, however. Soft, floppy, flat, and colorless, its only purpose was to give you an excuse to pour syrup over your chicken on top. After all, you need some carbs, but a better way to get them is to…
order a side of Mac & Cheese ($4.90). If you like mac & cheese with a crunchy, golden, breadcrumb strewn top, sorry, you won’t find that here, but what you will find is thick, cheesy creaminess, even after minutes ignored as you inhale your chicken.
Yes, you can get chicken and waffles in New York, but when you can get it in LA, in Roscoe’s no less, why not? Or perhaps a better question is, why wouldn’t you?