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Does anyone also agree with me that Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is just not that great?

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About 15 years or a maybe at least a decade ago, it was pretty darn good i though, but over the years for me it seems to have seriously gone downhill though i still love their eggo-like waffles. but the fried chicken is barely ok, or not even that.

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  1. I agree. Went as part of my waffle quest (see above). After a wait for a table, I got some chicken and waffle. The waffle was soft, flat, and flabby -- no crispiness at all. The chicken pieces were small and typical diner fried chicken -- not at all juicy, crust insubstantial and not especially flavorful. I like the spicy at Popeyes or even KFC more. The service was very friendly and efficient (they got me in and out of there fast) but nothing that made me want to return, and on the expensive side.

    As long as we're talking waffles, I also tried Pann's, and the waffle there didn't do it for me either.

    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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    1. re: nosh

      yeah, i forgot to mention that it is really expensive too.

      1. re: kevin

        And Kevin, I know that you are not averse to dropping $$$$$ and ordering the entire menu when things are good. But it is annoying when you pay $10.95 for something that should be at least two or three bucks cheaper and it isn't even really tasty. Value!

        1. re: nosh

          Wrong kevin. You're thinking of "kevin h" of kevineats.com

    2. Who goes to Roscoe's because it is great? You go because it is Roscoe's. Where else are you going to get a fried chicken liver omelet? Where else can you order a waffle with a side of fried chicken and not have the waitress cock a disapproving eye at you?

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      1. re: scottca075

        I never been a fan of Roscoe's myself but I do get it if people like to go there.

        I can eat at Tito's no problem and Marisco Chente's no big whoop.

        1. re: scottca075

          "Where else can you order a waffle with a side of fried chicken and not have the waitress cock a disapproving eye at you?"


          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          1. re: Servorg

            Panns = overrated.

            jan's = fluffy and crisp belgian waffle and better chicken

            jans on beverly east of la cienega

            1. re: jessejames

              I've given this place two tries because some older neighbors who like inexpensive food eat there once a week with a coupon & they go for the specials.
              What I've deduced is that it's a diner with mediocre food and lots of old timers who enjoy having someone remember them when they walk through the door. A few tourists who want to experience some old LA landmark.
              The salad I had was awful....week(s) old iceberg with veggies to match. I can't imagine the 'fluffy and crisp belgian waffle and better chicken' being any better.

              1. re: latindancer

                wait, is this in regards to panns's or jann's on beverly ?


                1. re: kevin

                  Wait a minute. You went to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles and didn't have the chicken OR the waffles? Your indictment of the place is based on the SALAD? REALLY!? This type of input is precisely why peer review sites often lack credibility.

                  Don't get me wrong, I'm not a big fan of Roscoe's (and I've eaten there several times) but to give the joint a thumbs down without trying their signature dish is like going to The House of Pies and complaining their bugers aren't up to snuff. Consider the weight your words carry when you put them in print.

                  1. re: Steve2 in LA

                    no, i did have the fried chicken and waffles.

                    i think just the three posts above in response to the OP was on discussing different restaurants, so the salad or whatever was not in reference to Roscoe's.

                    1. re: Steve2 in LA

                      I like Roscoe's....or at least I did a few years ago. You might want to read the thread again. I was referring, not Kevin, to a person's opinion about Jan's Coffee Shop. I think the food is awful based on the food I ate there....the salad being part of my meal. I would never eat there again.

                    2. re: kevin

                      This is in regards to Jan's on Beverly.
                      I was responding to jessejames.

              2. re: scottca075

                Agreed. Phillipe's is not that great, Apple Pan is not that great, Pink's is not that great, and so it goes.

              3. ive eaten there 3 times...once in pasadena ..very so so....the chicken lacks moisture and tenderness....the service is very good..red beans and rice tasty and fresh.....chicken needs attention..a better batter would also help....

                1. I like how you can opt to get your fried chicken 'smothered' in that oniony gravy at Roscoes. I like the smothering, though for most folk that would kinda defeat the purpose of fried(crispy) chicken...

                  1. There's better fried chicken, like Honey's Kettle Chicken in Culver City. But it's still not Roscoe's, people go for the novelty. That said, I don't care about novelty.

                    Honey's Kettle
                    2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                    1. It's been some time but I'd have to vote "underwhelmed".

                      (For those of you who might have seen this on HBO's "Treme", my taste buds were piqued by the Rice Flour Waffles with Korean Fried Chicken that Kim Dicken's character, "Janette Desautel" prepared for David Chang. Now THAT'S a dish that might rock the world. I wonder if that might have been a Bourdain (he writes the "kitchen" parts of the show) invention. Ah, fiction.)

                      1. In many dishes I really appreciate texture contrast. NOT in my waffles! I love the soft, slightly spiced Roscoe's waffles! I hate Belgian waffles or other types where the squares are large. Possibly this is because I grew up on Eggos? Who knows. But I love waffles here and Omelette and Waffle very much.

                        1. Yes it's horrible. Ok well, maybe not horrible, but it's nothing I ever need to eat again.

                          And also agree with you on the price. waaaay overpriced for what you get.

                          1. But where else can you easily get a half and half plate of fried chicken livers and gizzards?

                            1. Living in Pasadena, where else can you get fried chicken, greens-love, love, love the greens, smothered potatoes-love them too especially when they are served hot and sweet potato pie? I would not consider a chicken dinner a destination so, when I do have a craving, I go to Roscoe's. And no, as many times as I've been which is countless, I have never had a waffle.

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                              1. re: Fru

                                Chicken in Pasadena?

                                Rather go to Big Mamas or Bonnies (to be fair at Bonnies it's BBQ chix)

                                i've also heard about Bill's in Alta Dena but have not been myself.... any opinions on BILLS CHICKEN?

                                Big Mama
                                1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                1. re: JackonCrack

                                  So, Bib Mamas is that good? You've had their fried chicken? Menu looks awesome.

                                  1. re: Fru

                                    I like their fried chicken more than Roscoes ;-) .... but less than say... Eva or Jim Dandy!

                                  2. re: JackonCrack

                                    I've tried the chicken at Bill's in Altadena. It was pretty good, not great. The guys are very nice, though, and I dig their old console stereo. I prefer the Louisiana Fried Chicken at 1515 N. Lake.

                                    I haven't tried Bonnie's or Big Mama's, though. Those will have to go on the to-do list.

                                    1. re: BearCity

                                      Big Mama's fried chicken is pretty damn good.

                                    2. re: JackonCrack

                                      A few years back, I had the fried chicken at Conrad's on Lake. It was very good! Crispy outside and VERY moist inside.

                                  3. Place link

                                    Roscoe's House of Chicken
                                    5006 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                    1. Yeah, good...not great. These days, I'm much more partial to the Chicken 'n Waffles at Kindaids in Redondo Beach.

                                      1. Big fan of the waffles and fried chicken at serving spoon. Perfect pig-out breakfast!

                                        Serving Spoon
                                        1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

                                        1. Not a big fan of the chicken. But the "Big Mama's Special" is pretty damned good. Really creamy/cheesy scrambled eggs with smothered potatoes. Heart attack on a plate.

                                          For some reason, I can't get rid of the link to a Gardena restaurant.

                                          Big Mama
                                          1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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                                          1. re: martyR

                                            the link will now follow you wherever you go.

                                            1. re: trolley

                                              oops! just responded to a post from last year!

                                          2. Mediocre at best. Fried chicken wasn't hot when the waiter brought it the table. Waffle wasn't anything special either

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                                            1. re: rasgueado

                                              The smothered chicken over minute rice is the only reason I would go back to scoes.

                                            2. People who don't like Roscoe's, have had one of four things go wrong: a) You haven't ordered the fried chicken so it sits on a plate by itself. b) You haven't been to the original location. c) You are put off by slow service. d) You haven't been drinking alcohol.

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                                              1. re: Victor Lieberman

                                                So which one is the original location by your estimation ?

                                              2. Gower Street. And waiting in line is part of getting hungry enough to think it's great.

                                                1. We live within walking distance of the Pasadena Roscoe's, and of course had to give it a couple of tries. I don't go for sweet stuff alongside Real Food, but Mrs. O has no such problem and got the C&W, which she liked but did not love. I thought the chicken had probably been cooked perfectly, and wished that they'd served it at that point instead of ten minutes later, though it was edible. I adored the rich, soufflé-like mac'n'cheese, but the greens had no "whang" to them at all (and continued to be ultra-bland on every subsequent visit). The worst thing I tried was their so-called biscuits and gravy: the "biscuits" were some kind of yeast roll, and the gravy was clear and brownish, totally unlike any version of the dish I'd seen - or wanted to.

                                                  We still take first-time visitors there for the entertainment value, and do have some menu items we like okay, but neither of us can understand the mobs standing around outside every weekend or holiday, or sometimes just some random day or another. On the other hand, I went there for lunch one day with an old buddy of mine from school back in Illinois, an L.A. County retiree. He'd never been in a Roscoe's, and got a nice big plate of overcooked chicken which he proceeded to devour. And then he waved a well-cleaned leg bone towards the KFC next door, and asked, "Now, how in the hell does that place stay in business?"

                                                  1. My eye had spied a Chicken and Waffle place on Wilshire, in Santa Monica ... has anyone tried that place yet?

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                                                    1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                                      There have been a few positive mentions, but no stand alone review that I can recall. http://bruswiffle.com/